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Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

What would you think if you’d see the following ad?

It’s an intriguing one, but the picture would probably make you laugh and think nothing more of it. It does make you wonder though if this guy really was able to time travel. There have been various stories of supposed time travel, but of course nothing which could be proved. This movie is based on this ad and fantasizes what could happen if you’d respond to it.

Three journalists decide to investigate the ad and find out more about this man, named Kenneth (Mark Duplass). He is a very cautious man who thinks he’s being watched by the government and the journalists find out it’s hard to earn his trust. After the first journalist is denied to join him, it’s up to Darius (Aubrey Plaza) to get into contact with him. She manages to bluff her way into him trusting her and slowly she gets to know Kenneth. Still she doesn’t know if he’s a genius or if he’s completely crazy.

Time travel is one of my favorite subjects and I’ve seen quite a few movies about them. This one intrigued me, because you don’t know where this movie will go (just like the reporters). A part of you wants to believe this guy can actually time travel, but you remain cautious. The story is told in an intriguing way and it had me hooked from the beginning. If you are interested in movies about the subject then I’m sure it is a movie you will be able to enjoy.

  • Mark Walker says:

    Haha! That advert is hilarious. Sounds good though Nostra. Time travel is a favourite of mine also. I could get into this one I think.

    October 25, 2012 at 9:06 am
    • Nostra says:

      When I heard this was based on a real ad I just had to see it. I also heard that the guy from the ad makes an appearance in the movie (in a scene in a post office), but have not gone back to check that. There are a lot of time travel related movies at the moment so it’s a good time for time travel fans :)

      October 25, 2012 at 9:44 am
  • Scott Lawlor (@FrontRoomCinema) says:

    I have this queued up and ready to watch also Nostra. I am intrigued and your large score (although we have been differeing lately) has got me interested

    October 25, 2012 at 9:46 am
    • Nostra says:

      Yeah, we have had some difference of opinion lately, haven’t we? Maybe my tastes are changing, I’m not sure. Looking forward to reading your thoughts on it.

      October 25, 2012 at 9:55 am
  • Sam says:

    Had no idea it was based on an ad (let alone *that* ad). That’s a brilliant idea to spin a movie out of. Hope it’s as good as you say.

    October 25, 2012 at 11:51 am
    • Nostra says:

      Yeah, I just happened to read about it and had to see the ad myself!

      October 27, 2012 at 11:40 am
  • VictorsMovieReviews says:

    Good review. I like the premise of this movie and have to look for it. Thanks for sharing.

    October 25, 2012 at 1:44 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Thanks Victor, hope you’ll enjoy it as well.

      October 25, 2012 at 3:23 pm
  • keith7198 says:

    This is a movie I’ve really been curious about. Glad to see you give it such high marks. Looks like I have something to look forward to. Solid review!

    October 25, 2012 at 1:54 pm
    • Nostra says:

      I’m a sucker for movies which have something to do with time travel so I’m quick to give it high marks if I enjoy it.

      October 25, 2012 at 3:23 pm
  • Eric says:

    Really looking forward to seeing this one. Great to read another positive review for it.

    October 25, 2012 at 6:58 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Yeah, it was a nice surprise, hope you will be able to enjoy it as much as I did Eric.

      October 27, 2012 at 11:40 am
  • Dan Heaton says:

    Nostra, I also saw this movie recently, and I really enjoyed it. Plaza and Duplass are both excellent, and it’s a fun story. From what I’ve read, the ad was actually written by a journalist for the paper who needed to fill space. The DVD has a short interview with him. That photo is priceless.

    October 27, 2012 at 4:00 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Yeah, it’s a fun movie. Wow, didn’t know that…it was an interesting ad no matter the source!

      October 28, 2012 at 9:16 pm
  • The Focused Filmographer says:

    couldn’t read your review as I am hoping to see it this Tuesday, but I did see the score you gave it. HOORAY!

    October 27, 2012 at 8:41 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Hope you will feel the same way about it…

      October 28, 2012 at 9:17 pm
  • brikhaus says:

    I really enjoyed this movie. It was a “time travel” movie that doesn’t get bogged down or contradict itself *coughLoopercough*. It hits the comedic, touching, and dramatic notes in all the right places. Thanks for the good review.

    October 30, 2012 at 6:55 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Thanks a lot brikhaus, because it completely focusses on the time travel it indeed doesn’t have any contradictions. Haven’t seen Looper yet since it’s not out here, but I am looking forward to seeing that.

      October 31, 2012 at 9:15 am
    • trashizzy says:

      What was wrong with Looper?

      November 7, 2012 at 11:41 pm
      • Nostra says:

        I’m looking forward to seeing Looper.

        November 8, 2012 at 10:11 am

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