Z for Zachariah

Director Craig Zobel (Compliance) and screenwriter Nissar Modi (Breaking at the Edge) transform Robert C. O’Brien’s post-apocalyptic science-fiction tale into an intimate story of cautious rebirth with a highly charged ménage á trois that e

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click to enlarge Chris Pine, Margot Robbie and Chiwetel Ejiofor in 'Z for Zachariah.'
Chris Pine, Margot Robbie and Chiwetel Ejiofor in 'Z for Zachariah.'

Director Craig Zobel (Compliance) and screenwriter Nissar Modi (Breaking at the Edge) transform Robert C. O’Brien’s post-apocalyptic science-fiction tale into an intimate story of cautious rebirth with a highly charged ménage á trois that everyone knows cannot maintain and bear meaningful fruit for humanity. Ann Burden (Margot Robbie) manages alone on her family farm until she encounters Loomis (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a serious scientific thinker who augments her rural survival skills and slips inside her emotional defenses. They forge a developing partnership until the arrival of Caleb (Chris Pine), a shrewd charmer seemingly intent on shifting the dynamic in this new Eden. The film version of Z for Zachariah feels like a psychological reworking of Genesis, infused with vitality thanks to a pitch-perfect cast that makes the heart beat faster. (Opens Friday at Esquire Theatre) (PG-13) Grade: B

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