TGHMC Presents Josh’s Pick

Hello, blog readers! Welcome to the second review of TGHMC. It is I, the lovable Mistah J (Josh to some of our new readers). We have some awesome things lined up for you guys in the next review. Seriously, you should come back, it will be legen….wait for it….dary. If you want to read more about us crazy kids; check back a couple of blogs or follow us on twitter, or send one of those carrier pigeons! Anyway, enough banter, *loud echo-y voice* from the realm of Netflix, here is our review of Safety Not Guaranteed!

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SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED

(2012)

Director: Colin Trevorrow

Writer: Derek Connolly

Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Marc Duplass, Jake Johnson, Karan Soni

Rated: R

Josh’s Review

Safety Not Guaranteed, directed by Colin Teverrow, is a quirky, very enjoyable indy movie. The movie takes place after Jeff (Jake Johnson, most notably of New Girl fame) a magazine writer, and two interns Arnau (Karan Soni), and Darius (Aubrey Plaza) are sent to a small coastal town to investigate an ad placed looking for someone to venture back in time.
images (2)After his failed attempt to get close to the ad placer, Kenneth (Mark Duplass), Jeff’s story takes a turn of chasing down a lost love. In his search for a second chance,  he finds himself taking the quiet and shy Arnau under his wing. This was a great B-story, it really pains to say filler material after Jake Johnson does a tremendous job.
The movie primarily focuses on Darius, the eager intern, who finds a way to get passed a very mysterious Kenneth. With his own set of requirements and training  for this journey, which at times almost ruin the mission, he finds himself getting closer and closer to Darius. In that, the more that is revealed about Kenneth and the more that should chase her away, Darius stays on the path. Their rigorous preparation begats a deep friendship to which finds Darius, not only placing her actually job on the back burner, but  eventually making a very huge leap of faith.
I was stunned by this movie. I really haven’t been that in awe over an Indy movie since Clerks. There was no let up, from funny quirky moments, to, dare I say, cute ones. All the actors did a great job in their roles, and I was most impressed by Jake Johnson. Easily the most recognizable actor for the average movie goer does so well in a supporting role, and you really begin to feel for him as his story takes a turn for the negative. The ending, while I did have a “yeah, right” feeling, just seemed to fit right in. Honestly this is a great watch, and for you Netflix people, it’s there for you now!
Rating 9/10
(I would like to take this chance to say congrats to our fellow reviewer and my awesome friend, Shauna, on her recent engagement!!)

Shauna’s Review

Safety Not Guaranteed is the story of three journalists pursuing a very odd story lead. An ad in the paper that reads “Wanted: Somebody to go back in time with me. This is not a joke. P.O. Box 91 Ocean View, WA 99393. You’ll get paid after we get back. Must bring your own weapons. Safety not guaranteed. I have only done this once before.” Intern Darius Britt, played by the charming Audrey Plaza, dives head first into the adventure of a lifetime when she meets the peculiar Kenneth Calloway, The Leagues Mark Duplass, who promises to take her on a dangerous time travel mission back to the ever mysterious 2001.

safeSNG is hard to put into words. Throughout the entire film you are aware of how amazingly brilliant it is, but you are unsure of how or why it is so great. You can’t help but smile like a little school girl and yet there is always a pit in your stomach telling you something is not quite right. There is this ever-present sense of worry that Kenneth will just kill Darius in a crazed rage, but hold your breathe for a while longer because the adventure is just getting started.

A cast of roughly 9 or so leaves you feeling intimately close to the characters and story. Weaving in love, passion, and regret all along the way; you not only fall for Darius and Kenneth but also become entwined in the stories of scumbag journalist Jeff Schwensen, played by Jake Johnson, and throwback spring fling Liz as they break down each other’s walls and become new. You cheer for intern Amau and love him indefinitely. The modest cast is not a reflection of ineptitude or the films insignificant budget (about $755,000) but rather of the  brilliance possessed by writer Derek Connolly and director Colin Trevorrow.

Safety Not Guaranteed is quirky, fun, and utterly charming. This is easily one of the most underrated movies of the decade and demands respect from passionate movie watchers. It will leave you on the edge of your seat rooting for the underdog and breathless with anticipation of what’s to come. A movie that has already managed its way into my top 20, ShaunaOH gives Safety Not Guaranteed a 5/5.

Sean’s Review
This moving was very intriguing to me because I’ve followed the two leading actors, Aubrey Plaza and Mark Duplass, in their current TV roles in Parks and Recreation (Plaza) and The League (Duplass) for a long time. I’m not sure how I didn’t see this when it was released, but nevertheless, I was very intrigued without knowing what the story entailed.
The story follows Darius (Plaza), an intern, for a Seattle magazine. She begins the story as already hating her job because she’s treated like most interns are, like trash. Her boss is a fierce micro-manager who doesn’t hesitate to thrust her authority on Darius. Darius also seems like she’s in a period of self-evaluation on whether or not she wants to sundance-portrait-safety-not-guaranteed-jpeg-04b3e-299x338continue working for the magazine or not.
The magazine picks up on a story about a person who’s posted a classified ad looking for a partner to time travel with. Thinking it would be a perfect opportunity, a staff writer, Darius, and another young intern named Amau hit the road to go meet with the person to write a story about them. This seems to be a big joke to them and so they take the opportunity to get out of the office and from under the authority of their tyrannical boss.
Once they begin travelling, it becomes clear that the staff writer, Jeff, has an ulterior motive for travelling to the coastal town in search of the time travelling man. He finds out that his high school crush, whom he is still interested in, is living in the town and wants to check on her to see if she’s declined aesthetically since he knew her last. He finds her once they get to town and quickly decides that she’s “too fat” for his taste.
Meanwhile, the crew stakes out the local post office to catch a glimpse of the man who posted the ad. After waiting, they find that the eccentric man, Kenneth (Duplass), is the one who posted it and quickly work to find out all they can about him. They eventually track him down at his job, a grocery store, and also follow him to his residence to eventually meet him.
Once they finally meet him, it becomes very apparent that he is very anti-government and is very skeptical of everyone. They realize that sending in Darius may ease him and he may be more open to a female companion. After Darius infiltrates his life, she begins to realize that he’s not a crazy guy. He’s simply a person who really believes that he has a master plan to follow once he successfully time travels. Kenneth is very distrustful of everyone and has honed his skills to survive any conditions he may encounter when time travelling. Darius begins to understand him and the viewer begins to realize that there is intense chemistry between them.
Things begin to go south for the plan when Kenneth robs a nuclear plant of radioactive materials. The plan begins to unravel and Darius becomes concerned that Kenneth may really be someone who should be institutionalized. Kenneth begins to be followed by a pair of unidentified men, but whom Kenneth believes is out to kill him. In the ensuing chaos, Kenneth realizes that Darius may not have the purest intentions and alienates her.
imagesCAXA1781They work hard to find Kenneth after he escapes and find drawings and instructions and begin to believe that he’s telling the truth. They chase him down to a pond where a strange contraption has been built. It looks like a boat, but has strange-looking gadgets onboard. Darius realizes she’s made a mistake and asks to rejoin him. Kenneth is powering up the boat and soon Jeff, Amau, and the two unidentified men watch as Kenneth and Darius disappear with the boat into thin air.
I was initially skeptical about the movie because it really seemed to have a lot of science fiction elements, but really seemed to lean towards a romantic comedy. However, I was pleasantly surprised with the story and the entire film itself. It really was an original story that ended up leaving me wondering what happened to Kenneth and Darius after. Both Plaza and Duplass are among my favorite television actors and it was really nice to see them in a different role than I’m used to seeing them in. Safety Not Guaranteed really showed their range and depth as actors and was a great choice by our own Josh (@O_Mistah_J).
Rating: 7/10
Game Huntress Review
Time travel, are you a believer that one day we might be able to travel back in time and save a loved one? then you will highly enjoy Safety Not Guaranteed! The movie starts out with three journalists looking for their next big story, when Jeff (Jake Johnson) comes across this strange ad, a guy who wants to go back in time and looking for someone to come with him, so Arnau(Soni), Darius(Plaza) and Jeff(Johnson) set out to find Kenneth(Duplass) to see if he is just a crazy psychopath or really has what it takes to go back in time and change events he believes to be real.
imagesAt first Darius believes that Kenneth really and truly believes that he is on the verge of completing his time machine, throughout the entire film Darius and Kenneth become even closer. Before letting Darius know any of his plan he makes sure that she is worthy to be let in on the secret, the more and more she spends time with Kenneth, and just the way she looks at him in certain scenes you know she’s falling for him more and more. The story mostly focuses on Darius and Kenneth but even Jeff and Arnau, have their own adventures!
At first I wasn’t very interested in the film but the more I watched and paid attention, the more I enjoyed it. I think it would be awesome if time travel was possible I’d probably be one of the first people to answer his ad! The acting felt a bit weak but progressed as the story took form, not necessarily as much as I had hoped for but nevertheless, it didn’t deter me from finishing SNG and I would go back and watch it again to catch the things I might have missed.
Rating 7/10
There you have it folks are second Movie club review! Thanks again to Josh for his wonderful pick please be sure to let us all know your thoughts on this movie and other suggestions you might have! We are adding two new folks into our movie club so the next posts you read we will have a different format so please stay tuned! I will introduce our two new members before we review another movie once I get a description like we had for our other movie clubbers! Email me thegamehuntress@gmail.com
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