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by Caress Thirus

Being a successful filmmaker means more than having expensive equipment and making a ton of movies. The movies have to be good (or at least bring in enough money to count as a job – that’s another story).

That being said, Z (2011) does neither. The film boasts the subtitle “Soft Yogurt. Hard Action,” and feels just as vague throughout.

Wyatt is a mysterious character who works at a yogurt shop in a mall, and he’s not quite the accomplished skateboarder he thinks he is. His life is simple — or so it seems at first. One day he tells his co-worker that “right here, all this, this is as good as it gets for you and me, buddy.”

Later that same day, a mysterious woman named Agent Z comes in and the action begins. There are a lot of moments the audience won’t understand, and this is common in films, the unknown remains unexplained for the entire movie. In fact, it would be completely normal for one to wonder if they had missed something, or if this film was a sequel or part of a series.

The sound mixing is pretty decent, and the camera is nice, but the level of stupidity that the film’s lack of a storyline displays is downright disappointing. The script is also really cliché, and most of the lines are very poorly delivered.

Z displays a sense of humor that’s both tongue-in-cheek and quirky. Every character has an element of goofiness about them. The fact that a lot of the action takes place in a pink yogurt shop with butterflies adds a sense of irony to the situation, but it’s really not unique. Viewers might giggle once or twice, but those giggles will probably be forced, or the result of relief from a break from the wild and pointless shooting. Z is silly; the kind I silly that children don’t understand and adults find stupid. Maybe the filmmakers were aiming toward an audience of teenage boys.

The reason for the action is never explained, and the ending is downright bizarre. Nothing about this film makes it worth watching. It feels very much unfinished. Let’s pretend, for sanity’s sake that it is.

Most information is derived from IMDB's daily news, the Chicago dailies (Tribune and Sun Times), Entertainment Weekly,, various sources as listed, and by just paying attention.

Caress Thirus is a student at Roosevelt University and a film enthusiast.

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