Flash Movie Review: Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

If I knew the world was coming to an end, no carb would be safe near me. Having had to spend most of my years thinking about what I was eating, I would consume anything and everything I could get my hands on. It really would be a dream come true. Right at the beginning of this movie we found out the final attempt to destroy the asteroid Matilda had failed. It was still headed on a collision course with earth. Dodge, played by Steve Carell (Date Night, Evan Almighty), and his wife (real life wife Nancy) heard the news while they were in the car. She bolted from the car in a panic, never to be heard from again. Even with such a morose topic, the humor did not seem out of place to me. When back at his apartment, Dodge witnessed his neighbor Penny, played by Keira Knightley (A Dangerous Method, Pride & Prejudice), breaking up with her boyfriend. From this point on I felt the story began to break down. With chaos exploding around them, Penny and Dodge wound up taking a road trip; he to find the first love of his life and her to get back to her family. Keira did a good job with what she was given in the script. She certainly has that single tear rolling down the face thing that Demi Moore used to be known for. My problem with this film was how scattered it came across. Going from funny to sad, improbable to silly; I quickly lost interest. Another reason could have been Steve Carell; he was not strong enough to be the lead in this role. And here again, I blamed the script for most of it. Sitting in my seat I was more preoccupied with seeking relief at the movie ending than the world coming to an end.


2 stars

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on June 30, 2012, in Dramedy and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I just happened to come across this movie a couple of days ago and have to admit I watched it twice. The first time I didn’t think I could get through the entire movie. The party at Carell’s friend’s was silly, but the scene in the bathroom when Carell was hit on by the wife of his buddy and he said to her something to the effect that she was the buddy’s wife and she responded by saying “we no longer belong to anyone” struck a chord in me. Watching the journey of the two lead characters and how their destinations changed, for the better in my opinion, was poignant. I felt they were an unlikely pair and in the face of the worst event the inhabitants of earth could ever face, they still somehow maintained their humanity.

    I tried to envision what it would really be like if we were placed in this scenario and just like our environment today, such a catastrophic event would, I imagine, heighten the depravity of some, bring out the worse in others and then there would be those who would still try to do the right things. Going to work after knowing the world is coming to an end was interesting to me because I don’t know that I could or would have chosen to continue life as it was prior to the knowledge that the end is near. Seeing people making the conscious choice to end their lives was predictable but for me the overwhelming message was that the end of the world is always in front of us for real. When “Penny” said to “Dodge” at the end “I wish we could have had more time” I thought, wow, don’t we all. But as we know there is never enough time and we should, though we often don’f, make good use of the time allotted to us.

    We all have an expiration date, the only difference between us and the characters in the movie is that we don’t know for sure when the appointed day and time will be the end of our days. After watching the movie the second time I enjoyed the evolution of Penny and Dodge’s relationship. Though I’m not, or rather I thought I wasn’t a romantic, the very end appealed to the romantic side of me, and this may sound corny, but I thought how appropriate that these two found a way to save each other.

    After watching the film I wanted to see if you had a review and to my delight I wasn’t disappointed. Though our views differ, I appreciate hearing your thoughts. Thank you as always for sharing.

    • Let me first thank you for taking the time to leave your comments; I really appreciated seeing this movie through your eyes and feel I need to see the film again. Where I have always said our bodies are just rented, may have to incorporate your saying that we all have expiration dates. It is so true we never know when are time is done, so living and enjoying life is the best alternative. Once again thank you.

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