DVD Review: Z for Zachariah
I got very excited when I heard that Z for Zachariah was being made into a film. I had previously read and enjoyed the book. How ever, when three lead roles were announced I got a little worried. There are only really two characters in the book, Ann Burden (played in the film by Margot Robbie) and John Loomis (Chiwetel Ejiofor). What possible need could there be for a third role.
The honest answer is none.
What has happened is that Hollywood has taken the original concept of an interesting look at the post-apocalyptic theme, and thrown in a typically overdone love triangle, re-writing pretty much everything in the book and coming out with a film that is alien and at times vacant.
The book tales a story of a 16 year old girl left to fend for herself in a meteorological enclave, after a nuclear war has devastated the world, she is initially scared then excited when a stranger arrives. But any excitement is short lived when he tries to control her.
The arrival of Chris Pine in the film just cheapens the story and steals all of the opportunities that the book sets up, for a brilliant psychological thriller.
In the very unlikely event that the film get’s re-made and stay’s true to the book, I would defenatley keep Margot Robbie and Chiwetel Ejiofor in the key roles as they were amazing.