Movie of the Week today is Geoff Murphy's "The Quiet Earth", a New Zealander's take on the 'last human on Earth' narrative. While considered a sci-fi movie, it does anything but overload you with special effects - it is more of a character driven insight into the human condition.

When everyone around him vanishes overnight, scientist Zac Hobson (Bruno Lawrence) finds himself seemingly the only person on the planet. The isolation initially drives him to the brink of suicide, but eventually Zac adapts to a day-to-day routine. After meeting two other survivors, Joanne (Alison Routledge) and Api (Pete Smith), a Maori, the trio roams New Zealand trying to understand what caused everyone else to disappear, why they remained behind -- and whether disaster will strike again.