Z for Zachariah (2015)
Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Margot Robbie, and Chris Pine
Directed by Craig Zobel
***This film is currently streaming on Amazon Prime***
I feel as if I've been watching a lot of slow-paced character-driven pieces over the past few days and Z for Zachariah is no exception. While it's a tad too methodical for its own good, the allure of the film stems from the fact that there are only three actors and their chemistry and interactions with one another make up the entirety of the film. Ejiofor and Robbie continue to prove that they are rising stars in the industry by taking on this small, indie piece to show us their considerable acting chops. Pine, who I typically like, doesn't fare quite as well, but his character is the least developed so his intentions and motivations are the least explored. Still, director Craig Zobel deftly explores the trio's emotions utilizing simplistic direction and production design in order to let his characters really be the defining aspects of the film. The flick lacks forceful momentum and its heavy premise bogs things down, but it's an interesting, thoughtful, and well-acted piece.
The RyMickey Rating: B-