18 items from 2015
Director: Craig Zobel. Writers: Nissar Modi and Robert C. O'Brien. Cast: Margot Robbie, Chris Pine and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Z for Zachariah is a novel adaptation. The film takes place in a post-apocalyptic Christian paradise, in which a young religious woman struggles with loneliness. Loneliness is the least of her problems when two men enter her life. Here, the film's Christian themes become predominant and an Adam an Eve storyline is brought into the play. The Devil wins again and one character is tempted into murder, while another is tempted by lust. This dramatic film offers a sombre tone and very strong performances. Z for Zachariah is a compelling film and recommended to fans of the genre. The film begins with Ann (Margot Robbie). Lilith, Eve or Ann is busy farming and looking after herself, in a remote valley. An undefined catastrophic nuclear event has irradiated everything outside of this idyllic »
- email@example.com (Michael Allen)
Z for Zacharia is out in theatres and on VOD now, so check your local listings and check out this post-apocalyptic drama based on Robert C. O'Brien's classic novel of survival.
The film has an all star cast in Chris Pine, Margot Robbie and Chiwetel Ejiofor and though it apparently strays from the source material, these clips make me down for a little character driven Pa just to mix things up from the so much zombie/fury road fare.
To celebrate the release of the film to the masses, here are a bevy of clips.
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Face it, the Earth in its present form is surely doomed because of climate change or terrorists with nukes or unstoppable viruses or some combination of the above. Pick your poison, folks. But the flood of post-apocalyptic films doesn’t seem to be helping us change our ways. As Brad Bird’s messed-up but underestimated Tomorrowland argued, moviegoers have become positively turned on by visions of the planet’s demise. Culturally, we have learned to stop worrying and love the bomb.Even if you’re sick of end-of-the-world films, though, you might make an exception for Z for Zachariah, a delicately calibrated, pointedly unsensational triangle drama anchored by Chiwetel Ejiofor in a frighteningly complex performance. Adapted by Nissar Modi from Robert C. O'Brien’s widely read Ya novel (before we called them Ya novels), director Craig Zobel’s movie is psychologically richer than its source. It’s set a long »
- David Edelstein
The premise is beautiful in its elegant simplicity - a woman is left alone in a world that has befallen a catastrophe. Her solitude is interrupted when a man appears, unsettling her life and making radical changes to her situation. Things begin to settle when a third person appears, unsettling the balance even further. Director Craig Zobel shocked audiences with his beautifully realized Compliance, but with Z for Zachariah I believe he has crafted something even more remarkable. The story, based on a 1974 novel by Robert C. O'Brien, feels at once highly contemporary and relevant and ancient, the very kind of parable that would fit within the Biblical motif. The symbolism the storyline plays with is sometimes arch, but that plays into the films...
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Post-apocalyptic brother site Quiet Earth has posted the first trailer and official graphic for Z for Zachariah. The film, based on Robert C. O'Brien's novel, involves a love triangle, taking place after a nuclear war. From early reviews, the film also focuses on the fragility of human life. As well, the film stars Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street), Chris Pine and Chiwetel Ejiofor. The first trailer shows the characters, settings and conflicts; it is hosted below. As well, the above film poster has just been released today. The graphic hosts the usual praise, from sites such as Total Film and Twitch Film. The poster also displays a longish tagline: "after the end of the world, she thought she was alone. She was wrong." An official selection of Sundance 2015, the one-sheet also shows a nuclear hazard symbol, in the background. The character Ann (Robbie) is shown forefront, with »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Allen)
Robert C. O'Brien's 1974 postapocalyptic thriller will finally be adapted to film with this year's Z for Zachariah, which premiered at Sundance earlier this year. In its first trailer, Margot Robbie thinks she's the last person on Earth. That is, until she happens upon Chiwetel Ejiofor unknowingly bathing in unsafe water and saves him. For awhile they think they're the last two people on Earth, and things get cute. Then Chris Pine shows up, and exactly what you think would happen when there's only one woman for the two men left on Earth happens. Typical men. »
- Dee Lockett
Sneak Peek new footage of "Suicide Squad" star Margot Robbie, Chris Pine ("Star Trek Into Darkness") and Chiwetel Ejifor, in Lotus Entertainment's feature adaptation of author Robert C. O'Brien's sci-fi novel, "Z For Zacharia", opening August 21, 2015:
"...'Ann Burden' is completely alone. The world as she once knew it is gone, ravaged by a nuclear war that has taken everyone from her. For the past year, she has lived in a remote valley with no evidence of any other survivors.
"But the smoke from a distant campfire shatters Ann’s solitude. Someone else is still alive and making his way toward the valley. Who is this man? What does he want? Can he be trusted? Both excited and terrified, Ann soon realizes there may be worse things than being the last person on Earth..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Z For Zachariah"...
- Michael Stevens
The movie, which stars Chris Pine, Margot Robbie and Chiwetel Ejiofor and is based on Robert C. O'Brien's classic novel of Pa survival, seems to have strayed pretty far from the source material and that has fans a little upset; especially considering what a landmark novel it is in the world of Pa fiction.
Zobel's adaptation appears to unfold like the story of two well intentioned men who both fall in love with the same woman and the drama that ensues from that. It may not be the material of the novel but Zobel has a great penchant for intense drama [Continued ...] »
I saw some harsh words as well as some good words for Z for Zachariah after its screening at Sundance earlier this year. The film serves as the follow-up to Compliance for director Craig Zobel, directing an adaptation of Robert C. O'Brien's post-apocalyptic novel, following a small-town girl (Margot Robbie) who survives a nuclear war. Chiwetel Ejiofor and Chris Pine co-star. In the wake of a nuclear war, a young woman survives on her own, fearing she may actually be the proverbial last woman on earth, until she discovers the most astonishing sight of her life: another human being. A distraught scientist, he's nearly been driven mad by radiation exposure and his desperate search for others. A fragile, imperative strand of trust connects them. But when a stranger enters the valley, their precarious bond begins to unravel. Roadside has set an Aug. 21 release for the movie, check out the trailer below. »
- Brad Brevet
"There's gotta be an explanation..." Yes! Get a look at one of my favorite sci-fi features from Sundance this year. The first trailer for Z for Zachariah has debuted, the next film from Compliance director Craig Zobel, adapted from an old sci-fi novel by Robert C. O'Brien. Margot Robbie stars, playing one of the only survivors in a post-apocalyptic world, existing day-by-day in a valley untouched by radiation. One day she comes across Loomis, played by Chiwetel Ejiofor. Months later they come across Caleb, played by Chris Pine. This trailer does show quite a bit, so if you want to go into this fresh better not watch. But I really love this film and how many layers there are to it, so I say watch anyway. Just make sure you get a ticket to see it. Here's the first official trailer for Craig Zobel's Z for Zachariah, in high »
- Alex Billington
Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions have released the first Z for Zachariah trailer. The film stars Margot Robbie as a young woman living in a fertile valley that has somehow been spared from nuclear war. One day, she meets a fellow survivor (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and they begin to form a bond, but their relationship is strained when another man (Chris Pine) enters the picture. While this trailer plays up the love triangle aspect of the story, when I saw the movie at Sundance I was taken more with the themes regarding human frailty. Of course, that’s difficult to convey in a trailer, but it still does a good job of showing the underlying tension between the characters and their situation. Check out the Z for Zachariah trailer below, and click on the respective links for my Sundance review and Steve’s interviews with the cast and director Craig Zobel. The film opens August 20th. »
- Matt Goldberg
One of the films I was quite taken with at Sundance this year was Craig Zobel's latest, "Z For Zachariah," and now that we're six months into the year, it remains one of the films I've most enjoyed this year. It's a simple movie, and I get the feeling that fans of the Robert C. O'Brien novel may have some difficulty with the adaptation, but it packs a powerful punch thanks to Zobel's expert work with his trio of lead actors. Chris Pine is sly and insinuating in his role as the guy who stumbles into and potentially spoils a sort of post-world paradise that Margot Robbie and Chiwetel Ejiofor have made for themselves in a valley that was somehow skipped when the world ended. Ejiofor is going to break a lot of hearts with his work as the guy who liked being alone in the world, and who »
- Drew McWeeny
MGM has acquired the screen rights to Robert C. O'Brien children's book "Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh".
Michael Berg ("Ice Age 5") is attached to pen the screenplay for this adaptation which will be a combination of live-action and CG animation ala "The Smurfs," along with being the first of a potential franchise.
The film will be something of a prequel to the original story and follows an imperiled mouse who befriends a comical crew of lab rats as they turn hyper-intelligent. They escape a secret laboratory and become the great minds of vermin civilization, forced to outwit the humans hot on their tails.
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- Garth Franklin
MGM has acquired the rights to Robert C. O'Brien's children's novel Mrs. Frisby & the Rats of Nimh for a live action/CGI animation hybrid adaptation. Michael Berg (Ice Age 5) has been hired to write the screenplay, which will focus on an origin story involving an "imperiled mouse protagonist" who befriends a group of lab rats as they become "hyper-intelligent." The story will follow these rats as they escape a secret laboratory and become great minds in their civilization, as they try to outwit the humans who have been chasing them.
The novel, which was first published in 1971 and won the Newberry Medal a year later, was adapted into the 1982 animated feature The Secret of Nimh, with a voice cast that included Derek Jacobi, Dom DeLuise, Shannen Doherty and Wil Wheaton. The animated adaptation spawned the 1998 sequel The Secret of Nimh 2: Timmy to the Rescue. MGM hopes to start »
If you couldn't tell from the reactions on social media, It was a very good year in Park City (well, at least on the narrative side). The 2015 Sundance Film Festival featured a dramatic competition with far fewer bad eggs than usual, a Next slate which once again got people excited, a number of the noncompetitive premieres that surprised (we're looking at you "Brooklyn"), two closing night films that were reportedly pretty good (a rare occurrence for any film festival) and acclaimed movies that landed distribution deals which you'll be talking about all year long. While we endeavored to post as many individual reviews as possible the intensity of Sundance often makes it quite difficult to review everything. Especially, when you've seen 23 1/2 movies over 8 days.* Therefore, this post will include a number of capsule reviews for films HitFix has not individually reviewed, my thoughts on films Drew McWeeny and Dan Fienberg »
- Gregory Ellwood
Park City - Until this week, I didn't even know there was a book called "Z For Zachariah," much less that it was by the same author as the wonderful "Mrs. Frisby and The Rats Of Nimh." When we posted a clip from the new film adaptation of Robert C. O'Brien's book, it immediately became clear from your reactions here and in e-mail that the book has passionate fans, and that many of them were upset by what seemed to be a whole new character invented for the film. I couldn't respond because I don't know the book at all, and to be honest, what matters to me is whether the film works on its own. You don't need to know a book to know whether or not a film plays, and in the case of "Z For Zachariah," the film most definitely plays. Craig Zobel, whose previous films »
- Drew McWeeny
The premise is beautiful in its elegant simplicity - a woman is left alone in a world that has befallen a catastrophe. Her solitude is interrupted when a man appears, unsettling her life and making radical changes to her situation. Things begin to settle when a third person appears, unsettling the balance even further. Director Craig Zobel shocked audiences with his beautifully realized Compliance, but with Z for Zachariah I believe he has crafted something even more remarkable. The story, based on a 1974 novel by Robert C. O'Brien, feels at once highly contemporary and relevant and ancient, the very kind of parable that would fit within the Biblical motif. The symbolism the storyline plays with is sometimes arch, but that plays into the...
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Obviously one of our most anticipated films of 2015 is Craig Zobel's adaptation of Z For Zacharia, the post-apocalyptic novel by Robert C. O'Brien. The film is set to star a great cast in Chris Pine, Margot Robbie and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
The film is set to premier at Sundance 2015 and we're looking forward to early word.
The first clip from the film has premiered online. It's shows a series of a few tender moments in the course of a night, but I think we know these apocalyptic threesome's don't always work out for the best.
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.
Here's the clip, which comes courtesy of [Continued ...] »
18 items from 2015
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