If the world is ending in less than a month, what would you be doing till then?
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World explores the premise of "what would you do if you know that the world is coming to an end?". Everyone would rush to fulfill their wildest fantasies, but not for Dodge (Steve Carell) and Penny (Keira Knightley). Our male lead attempts to reconnect with his first love and our female lead seeks ways to reunite with her family in Britain. Before the predicted giant asteroid hits earth, they journey towards fulfilling their last wish, counting down the 21 days, while discovering more about themselves, which may potentially change everything yet again.
Knightley's character is uncharacteristically ditzy but convincing while Carell's loser-type lead role wins our sympathy. Partly due to the unsuccessfulness of the two characters, there is surprisingly good chemistry between the leads. Disappointingly though, none of the supporting characters really leaves an impression.
While it is not entirely unpredictable and following a slew of the "end of the world" movies, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Lorene Scafaria's first directing endeavour and her second film after the highly successful Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, impresses by combining poignant dark humour with charm.