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If he were told the world were ending tomorrow, Martin Luther once said, he would plant a tree. Werner Herzog would start a film. In "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World," Steve Carell plays an insurance salesman but finds little point in selling a whole-life policy. An asteroid 70 miles wide is on a collision path with Earth, and governments have announced it will slam into its target in three weeks' time. To me, even worse than this catastrophe would be foreknowledge of it.SEE VIDEO BY TOPIC: Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
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If he were told the world were ending tomorrow, Martin Luther once said, he would plant a tree. Werner Herzog would start a film. In "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World," Steve Carell plays an insurance salesman but finds little point in selling a whole-life policy. An asteroid 70 miles wide is on a collision path with Earth, and governments have announced it will slam into its target in three weeks' time.
To me, even worse than this catastrophe would be foreknowledge of it. To die is one thing. How much worse to know that all the life that ever existed on this planet, and all it ever achieved, was to be obliterated? Dodge Carell looks a little gloomy at the best of times. Now life is really piling on. A space-shuttle mission to destroy the asteroid has failed, and to make things worse, Dodge's wife has walked out on him and joined the man she really loves. The end of the world is hardly a rare subject for movies; recently we've had " Melancholia " and " Another Earth ," and who could forget Don McKellar's bittersweet " Last Night " ?
Lorene Scafaria , the writer-director of this film, approaches the subject as an opportunity for melancholy satire and some gentle romance. It amounts to sort of a romanic comedy, although it makes no promises of providing a happy ending.
Some people riot in the streets. There are looters, determined to have a new big-screen TV, no matter how few days are left to watch it. There are orgies and mass baptisms. Cable news inevitably attaches a catchphrase and some theme music to the apocalypse. Radio stations have countdowns. Dodge, alone and lonely in his apartment, unexpectedly finds himself caring for a dog. That's when I realized what I would do if I knew the world was ending.
I would find a homeless mother dog with puppies and be calmed by her optimism. Dodge meets Penny Keira Knightley , a woman who lives in the next building.
They begin to talk and become kindred spirits. She talks him into a road trip that would bring together two of their desires.
He can look for the girl he's always thought he should have married, and she can seek her family. The destination of this trip isn't really the point. Road trips are about who you meet along the way. They meet a man William Petersen who has hired a contract killer to shoot him and a survivalist Derek Luke who unreasonably believes all of his preparations will help him, and they come across a chain restaurant named Chipper's.
The shtick at this place is that the staff are all your best friends. The approaching Armageddon has cranked this routine into high gear, and everybody in the place is so desperately friendly, it borders on madness. How do you end a movie like this? I mean, before the inevitable end, which logically must be a blank screen? How does Scafaria as a filmmaker create a third act? She produces a couple of unexpected characters who inspire some moments of truth, and there is a Hemingwayesque flight in a small aircraft that is supposed, I guess, to indicate that we face the worst with stoic endurance.
These scenes are good enough in themselves, but aren't really adequate to bring a sense of closure. The best parts of this sweet film involve the middle stretches, when time, however limited, reaches ahead, and the characters do what they can to prevail in the face of calamity. How can I complain that they don't entirely succeed?
Isn't the dilemma of the plot the essential dilemma of life? Roger Ebert was the film critic of the Chicago Sun-Times from until his death in In , he won the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished criticism.
Rated R for language including sexual references, some drug use and brief violence. Steve Carell as Dodge. Nancy Carell as Linda. Keira Knightley as Penny. Rob Corddry as Warren. Patton Oswalt as Roache. Derek Luke as Speck. Reviews What do you do for a third act? Roger Ebert June 20, Now playing. Slay The Dragon. Behind You. The Flood. Science Fiction. Film Credits. Latest blog posts.
Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World
Set in a too-near future, two neighbors, Dodge Carell and Penny Knightley , react in their own unique ways to the announcement that a mile-wide asteroid is en route to the Earth. He wants to return to his first love. She just wants to get back to her family.
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Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is a American romantic comedy-drama film, written and directed by Lorene Scafaria , in her directorial debut. The film stars Steve Carell and Keira Knightley. The inspiration for the title was a line from Chris Cornell 's song "Preaching the End of the World", from his debut solo album Euphoria Morning. In New York City , a news report is broadcast informing the world that a mission to stop an incoming mile wide asteroid known as "Matilda" has failed and that the asteroid will make impact in three weeks, destroying all life on Earth.
What do you do for a third act?
As an asteroid nears Earth, a man finds himself alone after his wife leaves in a panic. He decides to take a road trip to reunite with his high school sweetheart. Accompanying him is a neighbor who inadvertently puts a wrench in his plan. Rales Joy Gorman.
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Kevin Jagernauth. Earlier this spring, we had the chance to chat with Scafaria about the film, and she happily shared the wide range of influences on the film, her thoughts on the rise of female-led comedies in Hollywood, what excited her about the premise and more. Well, having a strong script certainly helps. As for Scafaria, it was once she heard the script out loud, that she realized she had something special on the page. Popular on IndieWire. But, I think I just knew it was at least high concept enough where it felt like a film — that separates it from most things that I write.
And yet tonal schizophrenia seems about right for human beings who react all sorts of ways to The End, from suicidal despair to plane-going-down orgies to small gestures of friendship and love that salvage some last comfort or meaning for the days before extinction. He tries to return to work as an insurance agent, but that seems pointless, as does a bacchanal thrown by friends that feels like a more urgent yet equally pathetic version of the key party in The Ice Storm. His life gains some purpose when he takes in two strays: an abandoned dog and a quirky neighbor, played by Keira Knightley , who has just broken up with her musician boyfriend Adam Brody.