Monday, June 25, 2012

Movie Review: Safety Not Guaranteed

A lot of indie films lately have the right kind of characters, a quirky plot and the right cinematographic look, but they lack 'goodness' other words, they suck. They are boring. If I leave the theatre and think, "Well good f-ck, I can't believe I didn't fall asleep in that movie." I don't necessarily call that a win. Some people might...some people are pretentious enough to think when something which was made to entertain is not entertaining it is art. Well, f-ck you guys. I don't watch movies to fall asleep...I watch movies to be entertained, plus I don't like sleeping sitting up, it screws up my neck.

Anyways, what an opener to talk about Safety Not Guaranteed. It was definitely indie, but not boring at all. This is one of the rare gems in indie film making that makes me believe hipsters still come from a breed that like to please people instead of piss them off (a small margin of course).

A writer from a Seattle magazine (Jake Johnson, New Girl) and two interns (Aubry Plaza, Parks and Rec and Karan Soni, nothing you have ever seen) go on a writing assignment to a small town where a man (Mark Duplass, The League) has put out a classified requesting for someone to time travel with him. Sounds weird right? It totally was, but it was also awesome at the same time.

Don't let the time travel thing make you think this is a weird sci-fi movie or something because it isn't. There are parts where you will think, WTF...but then again, I am sure it could all happen in real life. If you want to know what my interpretation of the end of the movie is, email me and I will be happy to tell you. I am not in the business of ruining endings - so you'll just have to wait and find out.

This is movie was one of the best of the year as far as I can tell...although it didn't make me want to burn my parents house to the ground like Project X, kill kids in a forest like Hunger Games or have super powers like Avengers...but it was up there. Definite recommendation!

Verdict: 4.3 Stars


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