Wolfville (CUP)—Safety Not Guaranteed, a newly released indie film, has garnered much intrigue since its release. With a 94 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an unlikely, engaging plotline, the film is a definite must-see.
The story is triggered by an ad in a newspaper: “Wanted: Somebody to go back in time with me. This is not a joke. You’ll get paid after we get back. Must bring your own weapons. I have only done this once before. Safety not guaranteed.”
A magazine reporter and two young interns are sent off to find out more about this man, to see if his story is newsworthy and whether he really believes he is capable of traveling through time.
Not only does Safety Not Guaranteed feel fresh and engaging, but it is also brisk-paced and witty. Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, and Jake Johnson deliver heartfelt performances that by far outweighs the low budget and lack of mind-blowing special effects in this film.
In fact, Safety Not Guaranteed quite successfully blends aspects of sci-fi and adventure with a real-life feel that makes it compelling. The characters are believable, intriguing, and their stories are filled with rich nuances and dynamic undertones, making them instantly likeable. The fast pace makes every scene meaningful and the film’s aura of mystery and adventure keep the audience engaged.
Safety Not Guaranteed is a refreshing alternative to loud, fast, and explosive blockbusters, without being any less stimulating. This film has a captivating storyline, a sympathetic cast, and engaging, intriguing characters, all elements that are often overwhelmed by explosions and special effects. It is a reminder that the strangest of things can become possible, and that daring to believe can open a realm of possibilities. On the surface, the story is a simple one, but the undertones are deep and the film touches on emotional elements that anyone can relate to.
Safety Not Guaranteed is one lonely man’s quest to travel back through time, to go back for something he lost long ago. And yet, as the film progresses, we realize that it is not the destination that matters but the journey to get there. The ending sends home a beautiful message about the value of dreaming and believing, and about the importance of being able to walk a path alone and the benefit of having someone by your side, someone who’s got your back when your courage fails.