Movie Diary 7/25/2021

Z for Zachariah (Craig Zobel, 2015). Missed this one during its initial run, and it’s about the end of the world, or the post-apocalyptic part of it, so I needed to check it off the list. Margot Robbie has survived the disaster and is living her own hillbilly elegy in a miraculously protected valley (cf. Roger Corman’s The Day the World Ended) when engineer Chiwetel Ejiofor comes along. The place appears to be West Virginia, but by way of New Zealand, where it was shot. Third survivor Chris Pine appears, and we’re not sure how the math is going to work out, but surely it should be more interesting to add up than what we get here. A few grown-up moments happen, and the music by Heather McIntosh adds a lot. The final ten minutes are effective, and sinister, and give a good indicator of why the movie wasn’t more successful.