I’m going to be honest here and say that my emotions did a Microsoft on me and spun from 180 to 360 in the space of as many seconds. Know what I mean? NO? Let me explain.
All of us studied books at school, and usually the studying of them killed any interest or love we may have had because we had to look at them under a magnifying glass. Well for me there was one book that I never stopped loving even after spending what felt like hundreds of hours studying it, and that was Robert C. O’Brien’s “Z for Zacharia”. It was the first real exposure I had to the idea of a post-apocalyptic world and I was hooked.
So when I heard that indie director Craig Zobel (Compliance) was making a movie about it, I was delighted. Cool, I thought, a deep movie about what happens to us when we are pushed too far by desperation and how that plays against our fears of loneliness and isolation. I then read the synopsis and wanted to hit myself in the head with a brick. How could you turn this story about identity and madness into a… Wait for it… LOVE TRIANGLE?! I was like, how can you TwilightIFY (TM pending) a classic like this?! To say I was raged would be an understatement.
I then looked at the cast and thought, damn, that’s a decent line up. Starring the stunning Margot Robbie (Wolf of Wall Street), Chris Pine (Star Trek) and the very talented Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) I felt I needed to rein in my temporary insanity and work my way through the trailer. And I was not disappointed. The main story has been changed of course – in the original book there are only 2 people trying to survive, no triangles of any sort – but I am intrigued at what Zobel has done here. Have a watch and tell me you aren’t intrigued too.
In the wake of a disaster that wipes out most of civilization, two men and a young woman find themselves in an emotionally charged love triangle as the last known survivors.
Not bad hey? Zobel has kept some elements true to the original – dude gets sick by swimming in radiated water; helps fix the petrol pumps to help with future plans; the dog – but of course has mixed it up by introducing a third wheel. Only it looks like he ends up becoming a bit more than that, unless the term wheel can be used in the bedroom… I’m very keen to see it now! What say you?
Z for Zacharia is set to detonate on our screens 20 August.
Last Updated: June 5, 2015