Article By Melissa Kelley WCPL Cataloging Supervisor
Every once in a while a movie comes along that pleasantly surprises you. Safety not Guaranteed is one of those films. Although made with relatively unknown actors, this cast of characters brings something fresh to the screen.
Safety not Guaranteed is a fairly understated and genuine film about taking chances. There is also an underlying message about regret and how we should cope with it, either by living with it, forgetting it or changing it.
The movie begins at a Seattle magazine where the boss (Mary Lynn Rajskub) is looking for story ideas. Jake Johnson who plays Jeff suggests investigating a bizarre classified ad that reads: “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.” The three journalists who investigate this “time traveler” are all on different tracks in their lives as far as time goes. They’re all on a journey of self discovery.
So many movies like this starts off strongly and then peter out in a swirl of poor writing. However this gem was quite the opposite. As the movie progresses, little by little you find yourself rooting for the “crazy time traveler” and really hope that he can travel back in time despite the fact it is obvious he will not. (Not a spoiler) The two main characters Darius, played by Aubrey Plaza and Kenneth, played by Mark Duplass were excellent in their roles as a quirky but morbid journalist and a paranoid reclusive grocer.
For me, Safety not Guaranteed struck a long and very deep note, as we are all unfortunately time travelers, but the opportunity to go back and repair however a bit cliched, is what we as humans have longed for since the beginning of time. Moral of the story? Stay true to your heart. It will lead you to some of the most fascinating adventures you can ever imagine. If you think this might be a movie for you, then walk yourself into the Warsaw Community Public Library and check it out or grab a couple other movies for the weekend. Our hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.