Movies abound with end of the world scenarios and quite a number of them feature destruction by asteroids, comets or meteors. Just think of Deep Impact, Armageddon and Day of the Triffids. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is a different take on this theme. There are no near misses nor lucky survivors, no space miners sacrificing themselves for the rest of mankind. We know going into this movie that destruction is inevitable.
Dodge and Penny are an unlikely couple thrown together to try to navigate their way through the last days before the end. They manage to do so with charm, humour and grace. I enjoyed this way more than I expected and thought that Steve Carell and Keira Knightley hit all the right notes.
If you are a believer you only have a few days to watch this...
WANTED: Someone to go back in time with me. This is not a joke. You'll get paid after we get back. Must bring your own weapons. I have only done this once before. SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED. When this ad appears in a newspaper, three investigative journalists set out to see what's what.
This is another movie that I found quietly compelling. Part comedy but with a serious note running throughout, coupled with some very engaging characters. Plus it is not weighed down by any of the space/time paradoxes that often leave me yelling at the tv ' oh yeah, that wouldn't work and here's why...'. A quirky and satisfying ending.
Just a little interesting side note I came across in the news today: 93 people in China were arrested for spreading Mayan calendar doomsday fears.