As an asteroid nears Earth, a man finds himself alone after his wife leaves in a panic. He decides to take a road trip to reunite with his high school sweetheart. Accompanying him is a neighbor who inadvertently puts a wrench in his plan.
An asteroid named "Matilda" is on a collision course towards Earth and in three weeks the world will come to an absolute end. What would you do if your life and the world were doomed? One man decides to spend his time searching for his long lost love from high school during the coming catastrophe. Written by
Douglas Young (the-movie-guy)
The title of the movie was taken from lyrics in the Chris Cornell song, "Preaching the End of the World", off of his Euphoria Morning album. See more »
Dodge's cleaning lady is at his home on the day the asteroid is going to hit. She says it's a Thursday, and yet the news announcer tells everyone to set their clocks forward that night for Daylight Saving Time - which always happens on a Saturday night/Sunday morning. See more »
OK, what we're getting now is - yes, they're saying it was in fact a fire that erupted inside the external tank of the ship, exactly ninety-eight seconds after it entered the asteroid field. No one is sure what caused the fire which led to the massive explosion, killing all twelve crew members and scientists aboard the space shuttle Deliverance, taking with them our last and only hope. Once again, if you're just tuning in, the CSA space shuttle Deliverance has been destroyed. The ...
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It's rare that I rate a movie this highly. No doubt many will disagree
with this rating and I admit to having some doubts myself. I had to
ignore the fact that Keira Knightly was miscast in the role of Dodge's
(Steve Carell) friend, Penny. As I've mentioned in other reviews, she
always seems to be overacting. This may be a personal thing as I'm sure
others are enthralled by her work. Martin Sheen is not convincing as
Dodge's father. The plot has some problematic moments.
These negatives aside, this is a movie driven by a compelling idea:
What would you do if you had only three weeks to live? Well, some
resort to taking drugs, others to sex, and others to suicide. Some
persevere with dignity to the end. The absurdity of life and the value
of death is highlighted, as strange as this may sound. Death puts life
into its proper perspective. On the surface, this film has many
elements of a romantic comedy and some may dismiss it as such. But look
past the surface of this film and you will begin to appreciate it much
Of course, we are all facing the end of our own worlds, maybe not in
three weeks or en masse, as is portrayed here, but through our
individual mortality. Would you continue to work out, visit your
dentist, or mow the lawn if you knew it was all soon coming to an end?
Basically, the film looks at what in life is truly important. What is
worth living for? Who would you want to spend those last moments with
and why aren't you spending time with them now? Because this movie
brings such existential topics into focus, I think it deserves an above
average rating. Don't think of this as a grim, realistic look at life.
There is a good deal of humor here. You'll have a few laughs, which, I
believe, help to highlight the film's more serious elements.
My opinion of Steve Carrell has been on the rise ever since he starred
in Dan in Real Life. In Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, he
plays the role of a down and out loser to perfection.
In short, if you are seeking a movie to watch with a friend, this
should be your choice. You'll have much to discuss afterwards. It may
even make you re-evaluate what you have accepted as being important.
Time is, after all, running out.
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