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Z for Zachariah

Z for Zachariah
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Chris Pine and Margot Robbie 

Rated: PG-13 for a scene of sexuality, partial nudity, and brief strong language.
Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date: August 28, 2015 Released by: Roadside Attractions

A pointless, but watchable cinematic banality is from the director of Compliance which used its unnerving atmosphere to great effect.

Craig Zobel's adequately assembled Z For Zachariah has a romantic angle to its post-apocalyptic sensibility in this three-handler starring British-nominated actor Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), Chris Pine (Unstoppable) and a brown-coiffed Margot Robbie (Focus).

The aftermath of  a devastating atomic incident leaves a furtive former, as well as fortunately underground engineer (and radiation covered) Loomis (Ejiofor) wandering into the valley of an Appalachian farm girl (a surprisingly thoughtful and needful Robbie) who has some of the mercurial qualities of a Katniss Everdeen though food storage and no electricity with the onset of winter puts her in a quandary.

Loomis can be her savior though it means razing her dad's place of liturgy for hydroelectric power to get lights for a mill for the necessary illumination. Another vagabond in Pine's Caleb who's more desirous for the damsel in distress than Loomis happens to be which permits some levity in the wake of intimacy. Still, the melodramatic thematic flow has to do with survival when it comes to one's heritage.

It doesn't help the pacing from Zobel is glacial enough to promote somnolence with an inexplicable vagueness to the denouement not helping though when the focus is on the starlet glammed down in Robbie "Z" doesn't elicit too many zzzz.

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