Recommend: Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
Normally when you think of Apocalypse films you imagine a high intense action film filmed with a square jawed hero racing against time to help resolve whatever world ending situation is at hand. However, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is the exact opposite: It’s main character, Dodge, is an average guy who is faced with living out the remaining three weeks of his life. Literally the opening scene shows Dodge and his wife listening to the broadcast discussing how a team of the world’s best scientists failed to stop the asteroids plummeting to earth and that was the final shot. Almost immediately after the announcement was made, Dodge’s wife gets out of the car and just leaves him.
Already within minutes of opening up the movie is darker than a majority of other films I have seen and loved.
It’s revealed in the film early on that Dodge has lived such a safe life, taking up a insurance job and ignoring the fact that his marriage was a sham and it’s only during the end of days that he has to face this reality and simply chooses to live his life as normal. That is until a woman, Penny, is found just outside of his window, crying her eyes out. Unable to allow such suffering to occur around him, he makes an attempt to comfort her which she accepts wholeheartedly since she is faced with the fact that her family is from the UK and she is separated from them in America. While Dodge is safe, smart, and in denial, Penny is unpredictable, romantic, and an optimist so their initially interaction is awkward at best.
After a few conversations, Penny lets Dodge know that she has collected a number of mail mistakenly dropped in her box that was meant for Dodge and simply forgot to give it to him despite it gathering for three years. Dodge goes through the mail to find a letter from the woman he loved more than anyone else, Olivia, sent to him only three months ago. This sparks Dodge into action, realizing that there was someone in his life that he wanted and wanted him back. On his way out he saves Penny from riots and promises her a plane back home in exchange for transportation to Olivia’s house.
She agrees and their adventure begins! The journey itself is filled with mishaps, triumphs, self discovery and a whole lot of other events! At the end of the film, I found myself crying with out noticing what I was doing because of how they chose to end the film.
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World hit me hard because the main character was so relatable. I feel as though we all try to plan out our life as though we have until our 70s to do what we want but the reality is we really have no idea how much time we have left. Why spend it doing things we dislike or spend it with people who treat us less than what we really are? Our problems could be resolved within a matter of days and some serious effort yet we choose to procrastinate and cover our emotions in what ever new distraction comes out.
I highly recommend watching Seeking a Friend for the End of the World if you enjoy romance, unexpected adventures, ex-essential crisis and just watching someone go from 0 to 60 with their life!