Movie Review: Seeking a friend for the end of the world

Details from IMDB:

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)

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R 101 min  -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -   22 June 2012 (Canada)

Ratings: 7.2/10 from 1,810 users   Metascore: 59/100
Reviews: 37 user | 76 critic | 36 from Metacritic.com

As an asteroid nears Earth, a man finds himself alone after his wife leaves in a panic. He decides to take a road trip to reunite with his high school sweetheart. Accompanying him is a neighbour who inadvertently puts a wrench in his plan.

Director:

Lorene Scafaria

Writer:

Lorene Scafaria (screenplay)

Stars:

Steve Carell, Keira Knightley and Melanie Lynskey | See full cast and crew

Initial thoughts:

My wife and I often take turns picking movies. So as you may have guessed this week was her turn. So we saw this romance/comedy/sci-fi film. I do like Steve Carell though I haven’t seen him take on really good role in a movie in several years, none the less I went in the hope of some entertainment value for my money.Smile

Main Points:

Carell plays Dodge and it seems to be a similar role for him. The usual depressed, shy, introverted and rather pathetic character he often plays lately. Keira Knightley plays Penny an offbeat, flighty, hippie type woman who seems to always pick the wrong guy and can never show up on time for anything. Normally these two would never cross paths but with the end of the world coming due to an asteroid (amusingly called Matilda) events bring them together.

Dodge finds his already terrible life get even worse as his wife quite literally runs away from him when she hears the news of the human races demise. Just when things can’t seem to get much worse he also finds out that his neighbour Penny has been receiving his mail for months and had a letter from his first love sent just a few weeks ago.

(As usual I’m summarizing) When rioting begins Dodge and Penny leave the city in search of his first love before its too late. Along the way they have adventures like meeting a man who has hired an assassin to kill him (rather than do it himself), some survivalists who are at least slightly prepared for the end and a restaurant that is still open and has a non-stop drunken party/orgy.

SPOILER ALERT!

Once Dodge actually gets to his old flame he just leaves her a letter and reconnects with his deadbeat Dad (played well by Martin Sheen). He also gets his Dad to fly Penny back to England to see her family…or rather he tries to as she shows up at the end saying she couldn’t be without him.

Final Thoughts:

This movie does have some nice moments and nice ideas. While it is very hard to believe that two people who were basically strangers become so deeply in love a matter of weeks that they want to spend there very last moments together seems hard to believe. Since it is the end of the world though I guess anything goes. The variety of responses were interesting as we see a cop who is still arresting people for no good reason, a man who is still mowing his lawn and a house cleaner who still shows up for work despite her bosses insistence that there is no need. The other extreme are people who are doing drugs, having wild sex, being drunk all the time, rioting and generally acting in extreme ways.Vampire bat

My serious problem with the movie is that for a film about the end of the world there really isn’t much excitement and the characters are not very compelling. Carell really needs to branch out again. Knightly is fine but just doesn’t have the chemistry with Carell. While I get the point of the movie, follow your heart and do the things you want to do before it’s too late, I still found it to be very depressing and ultimately a let down. I give this a 7/10 and a mild recommendation Thumbs up. It will make you think and laugh in a few spots and there is enough romance to make this a date movie in some way. At least I have my wife convinced to see the new Spiderman movie 🙂 until next time I am…

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2 Comments

  1. Hmmm … sounds like one I’ll skip. Thanks for the heads up Charles.

    • Hi Pat 🙂 you’re welcome. Yeah there is so much better out there. I’m really looking forward to the new Spider-man and Batman movies 🙂 thanks for the comment!


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