1 hr 34 min
Staff Writer: Nathaniel Brayton
Earth is being destroyed by a giant asteroid in Seeking a Friend for the End of the World and now Dodge Peterson (Steve Carell) is looking for someone to share what little time they have left together. (It’s very difficult making a good intro when the title does it for you).
After his wife divorces him by literally running out of their car upon hearing the news of the end of the world, Dodge must face the Apocalypse by himself. The movies follows the steps Dodge takes when coping with an event of this magnitude.
Recognizing that he doesn’t want to go crazy and party or riot until the end of time, he looks for someone to just talk to. Dodge and Penny (Keira Knightly), his neighbor, finally meet as their apartment complex is being over run by rioters. Thus begins their journey together. Over time they learn about each other and try to fulfill each others’ last acts of closure.
There is no way to predict how people will act if the end of the world ever comes. However, Seeking a Friend covers every base. There are people who riot, party, continue living the way they always have, and some that are just looking for company. It’s story about human nature; who will get stuck and who will move on.
The film does a great job of making the audience connect with and like the characters, since most of the movie is exposition. Also, at the heart of this film there is a love story so be prepared. The good thing about the love story is that it is sweet and simple. And that’s the beauty of this film. It shows that even in the darkest times, there can be a thing as pure love.
Enough with the sap.
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World also has its ridiculous and funny moments as well. Like many end of the world films, this one is very vague about the disaster. If you try to pick apart the film you are not going to have as good as time. Just sit back and enjoy the experience.
out of 10
“You’re a really nice person”
-“You are and awful judge of character.”