I rented a movie called “Seeking a friend for the end of the world” staring Keira Knightley and Steve Carell. Heads up! Spoiler alert…..if you have not seen this movie. With the knowledge of the past projects that both of these actors have been apart of, I was expecting a light-hearted comedy, regardless of the plot. The fact that there is a huge asteroid shooting into our planet on the cover of the flick was irrelevant.
The internet Movie Data Base (IMDb) describes the film, “As an asteroid nears Earth, a man finds himself alone after his wife leaves in a panic. He decides to take a road trip to reunite with his high school sweetheart. Accompanying him is a neighbor who inadvertently puts a wrench in his plan.” Perfect setting for a romantic comedy, eh?
I don’t know why I thought that the movie would end differently. Knowing that a 70 mile wide asteroid is en route to earth and it is determined that the end of world will happen in approximately 21 days, doesn’t leave a lot of hope for a happy ending. Maybe it is due to the fact that I am an optimist and believe that even though things get bad, they will always get better. I mean, sure a rock from our galaxy is in our direct path, but maybe someone has forgotten about the crazy homeless man living near Roswell, that has created a laser gun from household objects that could obliterate the stone.
Throughout the movie you see that everyone handles the news of our impending death differently. Some deny the truth which resorts to violence, drugs and theft, while others stay close to loved ones and cherish their remaining time. In the last scene, the main characters embrace, and share their feelings of love as the asteroid hits and kills everyone, our planet, our world and our existence as we know it…I know I am being dramatic, but i was still waiting for the crazy homeless man with the laser gun to show up.
This got me thinking. If you knew that you had 21 days to live and there was no hope of altering the future, what would you do differently? Who would you spend the remaining time you had with, and what would you say?