Written and directed by novice filmmaker Lorene Scafaria and boasting an all star cast, “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” seems to have some off-beat dark humor mixed with a general sense of euphoria and Numbness.
Set in the too-near future, we learn that an asteroid is heading straight for Earth and there is nothing we can do about it. Dodge (Steve Carell) realizes that the one thing he regrets is letting go of his high school sweetheart. When his young neighbor, Penny (Keira Knightley), is having a hard time dealing with the end, they decide to go on a road trip to find Dodge’s long lost love in a last ditch effort to find some peace and love in the final days.
An oddball pairing, these two road trip it across the country and begin to experience things they never knew existed and meet many strange characters along the way. Can either of them find true happiness before we are wiped out of existence?
My first reaction to this trailer is how strange it feels. The energy and humor in it is different than you would expect to see and the dry wit used throughout the trailer intrigues me. People are still working and it all just seems so very odd; you would think the world would fall into complete chaos if we knew the end was quickly approaching. You’ve got to admire the “love everyone you can mentality” as that is probably how most people would feel after getting over the shock of the situation.
I’m glad that the movie doesn’t showcase a somber mood but more adventurous and fun. With an awesome supporting cast that — which includes Patton Oswalt, Melanie Lynskey, Adam Brody, Connie Britton, T.J. Miller, Rob Corddry, Rob Huebel and many more — I’m sure there are many outrageous performances to be found in this film.
“Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” — rated R for language, drug use and violence — collides with theaters June 22.
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