Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The End of the World (Hollywood version)

What would you do if you knew you had only 21 days left to live? What would everyone do if they knew the planet only had 21 days left before it was exploded to smithereens after taking a direct hit from a meteor? That's the premise of the movie, Seeking a Friend For the End of the World. Steve Carrell plays the lead male role and Keira Knightly the female lead. Both are weakly played, in my view, and there is no chemistry between them. Carrell plays his usual decent character who maintains an emotional distance even though all hell is breaking loose around him. He doesn't get caught up in the drug, alcohol and sex fueled partying - and the general social breakdown - that seems like most of the world is doing as they wait for the end to come. Oh, there are the looters, too. No one needs to go to work. Marriages split up. Most social norms are now seen as abnormal. So everyone does what they want to do. It is original sin unleashed. Carrell is on a search for a long lost girl friend and with Ms Knightly they meet a bunch of interesting people who are coping in their own ways with the end that is coming. I have to confess I gave up on this movie before the end came. I guess I was like some of the characters in the movie. It is an interesting question to consider though and it might be a good question to discuss around dinner with a group of friends. What would you do if you knew the End was in three weeks? What do you think others might do?