The Quiet Earth

  • 1985
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Science Fiction

Because it is probably the first science-fiction film from New Zealand and certainly the first to make an international breakthrough, THE QUIET EARTH gets away with a weak story that would be inexcusable in an American film. Zac Hobson (Bruno Lawrence) awakes one morning to find that everyone on Earth is gone. Confused, he wanders the streets of Auckland...read more

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Because it is probably the first science-fiction film from New Zealand and certainly the first to make an international breakthrough, THE QUIET EARTH gets away with a weak story that would be inexcusable in an American film. Zac Hobson (Bruno Lawrence) awakes one morning to find that

everyone on Earth is gone. Confused, he wanders the streets of Auckland looking for survivors. For a time he sends an endlessly repeating message over a radio station, but no one answers. As the totality and finality of his situation begins to set in, Zac starts to go a little crazy. But as in all

"last man on Earth" stories, he finds someone else, Joanne (Alison Routledge). They are deliriously happy until they find another survivor, a brawny and dangerous-looking Maori tribesman (Anzac Wallace). Zac, however, soon has more important matters to worry about as he begins to get ideas about

what's happened on Earth. Lawrence is good, as are the other two leads, but the film definitely turns into a melodrama and action story when they appear on the scene. The early sequences, especially those of Lawrence starting to lose his grip in the face of his total isolation, are the best. One

wishes that they could have left him the last person on Earth. Geoffrey Murphy is New Zealand's best-known director (UTU; GOODBYE PORK PIE), and this film does a great deal to enhance that reputation.

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  • Released: 1985
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Because it is probably the first science-fiction film from New Zealand and certainly the first to make an international breakthrough, THE QUIET EARTH gets away with a weak story that would be inexcusable in an American film. Zac Hobson (Bruno Lawrence) awa… (more)

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