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Zac: What would you do if you knew the world was going to end in 3 weeks? Would you spend time with family? Frantically try to cross every item off your bucket list? Keep living life like everything was fine? That’s the question at the center of Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.
The majority of Hollywood disaster movies all follow the same, relatively simple formula:
1) A threat to humanity is discovered (Aliens, Asteroid, Natural Disaster, etc.)
2) Any conventional method for stopping it is quickly dismissed
2) One or several misfits or renegades are brought in to help
3) A crazy (but plausible) plan is formed
4) The plan fails in spectacular fashion
5) One of the renegades (typically the old one who has been disregarded up to this point for being old) lays out a backup plan that no one else has considered
6) They execute the backup plan (where at least one person sacrifices themselves for the greater good, right after a moving monologue and some dramatic music)
7) Disaster is averted and humanity lives to see another day
At some point or another, everyone has watched a movie like Armageddon or Deep Impact and thought “Of course they’re going to stop it, it’s a movie! But this would never actually work in real life” (and actually, in the case of Armageddon, you’d be right)
For those people, this movie offers a “real life” alternative, because Seeking picks up right after step 7, only this time, the backup plan has failed as well, and there’s no stopping the oncoming asteroid.
This is a movie that forces you to think, because while you’re watching the characters cope with the reality of the situation, you can’t help but put yourself in their shoes, and wonder how you would react under similar circumstances. Steve Carrell and Keira Knightley do a nice job of finding the right mixture of comedy and drama here, never really tipping the scales one way or another. Ultimately they’re just trying to survive until the end (both physically and emotionally), and I enjoyed watching them get there.
Nic: You’re right. Plan fails, you got 3 weeks to live. Go!
For me, I’d probably tear it up for a week or two like Rob Corddry (who’s hilarious in this film) and do whatever I want to. Why not right? THEN I’d probably head for the hills, try and come up with some sort of contingency plan (you know, a back up plan), and try to survive. I know a guy and I can put in a good word for ya, if you want. That or I’d take over a Bi-Mart (guns and ammo) that was near a movie theater, barricade the entrances, and start on an underground tunnel system.
From start to finish this movie just had a different feel about it, didn’t it? Steve Carrell is Steve Carrell so you know it had a good shot at being a solid flick and it was. I enjoyed it, I thought at times it was a little slow, but in the end I left the theater entertained. I still couldn’t help but think a few different times, where is this going? I feel like writer/director Lorene Scafaria sat down at a desk, started writing, got 1/4 of the way through it, then said, “Oh, wait, this would be a better way to go,” and instead of changing the first 1/4 of the movie to match, she just went with it. If you think about it (if you’ve seen it) there are like a thousand things happening.
The main plot centers around Steve Carrell trying to chase down, “the one that got away” and Keira Knightley trying to get back to her family in London. At least I think it was London…I don’t know somewhere in England? Anyway, eventually Carrell gives up on his idea, and Knightley kind of does too, because she had a solid chat on the phone? Either way, lots of stuff going on and then being changed after a goal had been set. If you have a goal, stick to it. To be clear, I’m not upset by these things, it was still a good movie, just wanted to give people that haven’t seen it a heads up. If the world is ending, there needs to be a better game plan. Use your head, man…
Nic D. Movie Scale – 3.9/5
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