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. (IMDb)
This was actually really fascinating to watch. We’ve seen the whole “end of days” thing a million times, but it usually involves some random group of people traveling into space and miraculously saving the day. What I really liked about this was the more down-to-earth (no pun intended) approach, seeing how the average person would deal with it. Throwing in some great comedy didn’t hurt either. Steve Carell and Keira Knightley are great together. You wouldn’t expect them to work, but they totally do. I think Carell is fantastic in this. One of his greatest strengths as an actor is his ability to bring something a little deeper to what could be stereotypical roles (Little Miss Sunshine, Dan in Real Life, etc.), and he does it again here. I thought Knightley’s character got a little too crying manic pixie dream girl for me at times, but she managed to pull it off. I also really enjoyed the quick one scene cameos from actors like Patton Oswalt, Adam Brody, Connie Britton, and Rob Corddry. Parts of this movie can be a little slow, but the multiple comedic and heartfelt moments make up for that.