Quirky, funny slow-burner

19:43, May 27 2013
safety not guaranteed
Safety

Directed by Colin Trevorrow
85 mins

Wanted: Someone to go back in time with me. This is not a joke. You get paid after we get back. Must bring your own weapons. Safety not guaranteed.

This is the classified ad that Safety Not Guaranteed centres on. Three Seattle magazine employees, with varying degrees of cynicism, go to a small American town to investigate the ad's author, eccentric supermarket worker Kenneth.

A slow-burner, this film finds its pace about 30 minutes in, with Kenneth coming to the fore.

Having solved the time travel equations, he sets about training young intern journalist Darius to travel with him back in time.

With his oddball ways, Kenneth is definitely on the outer of society, and gives the film its heart as Darius takes interest in his life and impending trip back in time.

Definitely the best film I have seen for a long time. It's quirky, it's funny and surprisingly heart-warming.

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