I was in the first press audience to screen Z for Zachariah, and I walked out practically skipping, along with several of my fellow journalists, because we’d been so enthralled by this tense, quiet drama, set against stunning New Zealand scenery, in which Margot Robbie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Chris Pine play the last people on Earth. Our reviewer Bilge Ebiri, who saw the movie the next day, felt otherwise. But we both agree that the performances were outstanding. An adaptation of Robert C. O’Brien’s 1974 postapocalyptic children’s book, Z for Zachariah is a step toward more mainstream filmmaking for director Craig Zobel, who made waves at Sundance two years ago with Compliance, based on the true story of a prank caller who manipulated fast-food managers into conducting harrowing interrogations of their employees.
Pine’s character is a new addition to the story, and the age of Robbie’s character, Ann, has thankfully been increased from the book’s 16 to something more appropriate for a woman upon whose womb rests the fate of mankind. I spoke with Robbie and Ejiofor about their apocalypse-survival skills, on-set toga parties, and how not even the end of the world can stop racial and sexual tension.
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