Release date: June 22, 2012
Runtime: 1 hr. 41 min.
MPAA rating: R
A warning to anyone expecting to see a light and silly comedy: this is NOT it. This is, however, a wonderful film that will make you laugh, cry and think about things you may have avoided thinking about. I was pleasantly surprised by this movie, even though my expectations were not low. It made me smile and feel sad at the same time, while taking a mental note of what to do if we get an end of the world warning.
As the story unfolds, we see different people desperately trying to live their lives to the fullest before they run out of time. Some realize what's important, but most look for satisfaction in all the wrong places. Two main characters, Dodge and Penny, start out by trying to help each other out on two very different journeys. They bond while dealing with obstacles that arise and we get to observe a true friendship form between two strangers.
The dialogue is witty and intelligent. The story is different from what one would expect from a disaster movie. While the subject is quite dark, the creators stayed away from making this a tearjerker or filling it with heavy sense of impending doom. It is just the right balance of serious and light, brilliantly executed by the director and the cast. I really think this is one of the best movies I have seen recently and I am absolutely shocked by the mixed response to this, particularly some of the negative reviews. I can't count how many time have I gone to watch films praised by the critics, only to see mediocre work driven by the shock factor. But that's enough of hating on the critics.
If you are looking for a heartfelt film, that is carried by humanity instead of the flashy visual effects, definitely check this one out. And if you are one for action and explosions, try something different and do give it a chance because who knows when will we all be seeking a friend at the end of the world.