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“Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Stephen Hornbrook

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Synopsis

This is it. The end of the world approaches as an asteroid is on a collision course for Earth.  Steve Carell plays a lonely man, Dodge, who is completely lost, not knowing what to do with himself in his final days.  Then he meets his neighbor Penny, played by Knightley, and due to the circumstances, they form a connection. Dodge is on a mission to find his “one true love” from his high school days and Penny just wants to be back with her family.  This movie explores how people might react to the end of the world.

Specifications

  • Universal Studios
  • 2012, Color, rated: R, 1 hour 41 Minutes
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC
  • English, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Starring:  Steve Carell, Kiera Knightley
  • Directed by Lorene Scafaria
Rating
  • Entertainment:
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  • Extras:
  • Violence: Mild
  • Sex: Mild
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

I like Steve Carell and he has proven himself a competent actor with a good range, but through the first half of the movie he was stuck in his type-cast of “loser guy.”  However, by the time the movie ended I had forgotten about his type-cast and thoroughly enjoyed his performance.  Personally, I found this movie to be a bit more depressing than funny and wouldn’t recommend it for anyone wanting something light to watch.  However, those looking for something a bit more thought-provoking and emotional should definitely check Seeking a Friend for the End of the World out.

Technical

I couldn’t find much at fault with this video transfer as Universal delivers a crisp, clear, vivid picture on this Blu-ray. The audio does a good job at carrying the film and even has some very dynamic scenes that catch you off guard, but, overall, there isn’t enough going on with the mix to give it a high rating.

Extras

Outtakes, A Look Inside, Music From, Feature Commentary