2013-06-21 02:08 am

Seeking A Friend For The End of the World

This is both one of the best and one of the most underrated films I've seen in a very long while.  If you Google it, you'll find reviews that say it has "jarring tonal shifts."

It's a movie about the end of the world.  A very realistic one at that.  If you don't think that the real end of the world wouldn't have "jarring tonal shifts," you don't know much about people.

Those who have been reading here for a while know that I absolutely LOVE disaster movies.  I've seen "Armageddon," "The Core," "Volcano, and "Independence Day" multiple times.  Actually, it's more accurate to say I've listened to them, as I usually like to put on such films when I'm cooking because I've seen them so many times that I don't have to watch every moment.

I've also sat through "The Towering Inferno," "The Poseidon Adventure" (both versions), "Dante's Peak," "Daybreak," "Deep Impact" (one I used to hate, but which may move to the list in the second paragraph at some point), and "The Day After Tomorrow."  Not to mention watching multiple made-for-TV disaster movies over the years and more than one about some sort of supernatural "Antichrist" that must be stopped to save the world.   Or political thrillers where we stand on the brink of nuclear war if some brave individuals don't step in to stop it.

And the fact that my favorite pre-1977 Sci-Fi movie of all time is "When Worlds Collide."

The point is, I love disaster/adventure movies.  I love seeing what people think that people will do when they believe that the world is going to end.  I love seeing stories of survival and sacrifice of the few for the salvation of the many.

But what happens when the mission to save the planet fails?  What happens when all of the scientists and astronauts are killed in a fire and the only hope for mankind to stop the 70-mile-wide asteroid heading for us dies when there are only three weeks left before it hits?

That's the question that "Seeking" answers and answers brilliantly.

I've been wanting to write this review for quite a while, but haven't because I realized that I don't simply want to write a review, but what amounts to nearly a scene-by-scene analysis of why this movie is so brilliant.

This is essentially a lengthy plot synopsis - don't read if you don't want to be spoiled. There's also some poor grammar because I couldn't stick with a tense while I was writing it and I don't care to fix it at this time. )
The review part, though it still has spoilers. )