Safety Not Guaranteed
Cert: 15 Year: 2012 Length: 86 mins
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Score: 72.89% Attendance: 90
We hoped to have this film last season as part of an unlikely 'time travelling' theme, but it was not available...um... in time. Now it has done the rounds in the US and comes to us with high acclaim. A small budget movie from an independent team; what should we expect?
The title comes from an advert placed in a Washington paper :-
WANTED: Someone to go back in time with me. This is not a joke. You'll get paid when we get back. Must bring your own weapons. Safety not guaranteed. I have only done this once before.
Three journalists track down the advertiser, only to discover a supermarket employee with a machine in his garage...Is it for real? The journalist intern Darius (Aubrey Plaza) is given the task of finding out, so, posing as a respondent to the advert, she joins up with Kenneth as they
try to travel across time.
So is this just a comedy? Do they manage to travel through time? Will true love win the day? You will have to come along and find out for yourself.
Meanwhile the director, newcomer Colin Trevorrow and actors Mark Duplass (whom the observant amongst you will know from a recent film here 'Your Sister's Sister') and Aubrey Plaza (a tv actress in the States) have had great reviews, and the film picked up a couple of awards at the Sundance Festival.
Hugely enjoyable and consistently laugh-out-loud funny, Safety Not Guaranteed is pretty much the perfect Sundance movie, thanks to an intelligent, witty script, assured direction and terrific performances from its superb cast. Highly recommended.
Matthew Turner, View London
"Safety Not Guaranteed" not only has dialogue that's about something, but characters who have some depth and dimension. Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-times
Touching, generous, sweet, this little slip of a movie puts you under some kind of spell. Mary F. Pols, Time Magazine
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