Movie Review: Safety Not Guaranteed

July 17, 2012 2 comments


You have to admit that you’ve always wanted to go time traveling. Whether you are taking a DeLorean, the TARDIS or H.G. Wells’ machine, we have all dreamed of going back in time. In reality we know it’s not possible (yet). But what if you came across an ad that said “WANTED: Someone to go back in time with me. This is not a joke. You’ll be paid after we get back. Must bring your own weapons. I have only done this once before. SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED.” This was an actual ad that I first heard about on the internet show Diggnation and now it has turned into a movie by FilmDistrict.

The movie is about three people who work at a magazine that come across the ad and decide to find out who this person is and what he is all about by answering the ad. The movie stars Aubrey Plaza (Scott Pilgrim), Jake M. Johnson (New Girl), Karan Soni, and Mark Duplass (Jeff Who Lives at Home). It was directed by Colin Trevorrow, written by Derek Connolly, and produced by the same people who did Little Miss Sunshine.

Based on the trailer and what I remember from Diggnation, I found myself really looking forward to this. You can almost say this is an original movie that is swimming in remakes, reboots, and a sea of unnecessary sequels in this new age of film. I thought it was very funny with a ton of heart. We all know the main story of this film, but there is a nice “B” story that goes along with it that fits in quite well. Jeff’s (Johnson) reason for this trip is not only to find the mystery person behind the ad, but to reconnect with the girl that got away. Darius (Plaza) dives in a little too deep with Kenneth and starts bonding with him on a more personal level. However, Kenneth tries hard to keep their relationship strictly to time travel partners.

I was really impressed with this movie because it strikes a cord with all the main components of a good film. This isn’t surprising since it won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. It is a romantic Sci-Fi comedy and a must watch for any time traveling fanatics out there.

I have to give FilmDistrict credit as they have been putting out great movies for being a young company (2010) with films such as Drive, Lockout, and their first film Insidious. Their upcoming movies include Looper, the sequel to Insidious, and many others. I’m really excited to see what else they bring to the table.

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