Dr. Seager shows Elizabeth a video on his computer. However, not only is it running a very old version of Windows (3.1 or 95), the desktop is empty apart from a single folder (My Documents) containing one video. Hardly the computer of a successful therapist. See more »
There's a special message from the director towards the end of the credits that reads "Brandon Christensen would like to thank his wife Alissa for her inspiration for Z. She has had a hard few years to say the least, but her strength and has [sic] kept our family running smoothly. He would also like to thank his parents Rod and Brenda for once again letting him live with them while he makes another film." See more »
I hadn't even heard about the movie "Z" from writers Brandon Christensen and Colin Minihan before I happened to stumble upon it by random luck. I picked it up, and the movie definitely had a horror sensation to the cover, so of course I needed no persuasion to sit down awn watch this 2019 movie.
While the storyline definitely had good moments, the movie was flawed. It was flawed to the point where it ultimately failed to raise above mediocrity. I mean, the concept of an imaginary friend being real has been used many times before, for sure. But the atmosphere in the movie was so foreboding and brooding that director Brandon Christensen had me expecting something grand when the imaginary friend, Z, was finally revealed...
In came a most atrocious CGI rendering of an abstract humanoid creature. Uhm, okay, what just went wrong there? The CGI was so bad that the movie almost lost me entirely in the curve. It was so atrocious to bear witness to, and the entire atmosphere and dread that was built up, vanishes like darkness before the rising sun.
The acting in the movie was good, just a shame that the movie was sort of restrictive in what they had to work with. I mentioned the storyline being good. And well, it was. But it just felt like the movie didn't really reach its fullest potential. And the ending of the movie was just a bit forced - predictable even. And for a horror movie, then "Z" was frightfully devoid of scary parts. I think the most scary part about the entire movie was actually the massive drawing that the child made on the wall - it was actually downright impressive.
All in all, not a bad movie, but hardly a memorable one either. I am rating "Z" a mediocre five out of ten stars - as the atrocious CGI killed it for me. I sat through the entire movie, as was adequately entertained, but this is hardly a movie that I will be returning to watch a second time.
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