The Quiet Earth (1985)

Genres - Science Fiction  |   Sub-Genres - Sci-Fi Disaster Film  |   Run Time - 91 min.  |   Countries - New Zealand  |   MPAA Rating - R
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In a tour-de-force sci-fi story with only three main characters, Kiwi director Geoffrey Murphy creates an interesting dynamic nuanced with shades of mysticism. When scientist Zac Hobson (Bruno Lawrence) experiments with a radical new power source -- a band of energy that would circle the planet -- the project goes awry and apparently wipes out all living creatures (they vanish without a trace). At first Zac adjusts by indulging himself in some of his materialistic desires, but he soon starts a serious search for other signs of human life. He discovers it in New Zealand in the form of Joanne (Alison Routledge), with whom he falls in love, and Api (Peter Smith), a Maori. The challenges the three face in order to survive, as well as their personal interactions, keep this human drama engrossing.

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destruction, experiment, government, missing, native, post-nuclear-holocaust, rampage, research, scientist, search, survivor, technology, time-travel