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Safety Not Guaranteed Blu-ray Review

Despite fine performances, “Safety Not Guaranteed” is hipster indie schmaltz.

“Safety Not Guaranteed” revolves around a broke loner (Darius) who interns for a magazine. When a mag writer named Jeff is tasked with investigating an ad about seeking a time travel companion, Jeff takes Darius and another intern (Arnau) along for the trip. Upon finding the author of the ad (Kenneth), Jeff learns that he is unable to get close to Kenneth due to an awkward meeting and so he asks Darius to try her hand at it. Eventually, Darius and Kenneth hit it off and Darius soon finds herself becoming that time travel companion for Kenneth. At first, it’s just an act for the story, but soon Darius starts to have feelings for Kenneth. Is Kenneth a crazy man with delusions of grandeur or has he really discovered the secret to time travel? The answer possibly lies in the ending.

What could have been an interesting sci-fi character dramedy is reduced to being a slow paced hipster romantic comedy by the time the warm and fuzzy ending rolls around. When the story focuses on the eccentric Kenneth (played by Mark “I’m in everything in 2012” Duplass), the movie is at its most interesting. His paranoid behavior and suspicious story for wanting to go back in time prove to be the most compelling parts of the film. Unfortunately, those elements are bogged down by subplots involving Jeff and his high school sweetheart, Arnau trying to get laid, and the developing relationship between Darius and Kenneth. It’s frustrating because I really wanted to like ‘Safety,’ but in the end, the movie succumbs to being a cutesy indie romantic comedy and not much else.

On the plus side, the performances are indeed good here. Rising stars Aubrey Plaza and Mark Duplass prove why they are being cast in more and more movies lately. It’s nice to see Plaza get a starring role for a change after playing secondary characters and or supporting leads for several years. As for Duplass, he delivers another fine performance as per usual. He certainly has range as an actor and this is one of his more challenging roles to date.

Video/Audio:

While the night scenes are a tad fuzzy, the Ocean Shores, Washington location shooting absolutely shines in 2.35:1 1080p.

The dialogue, score, and the loud ending (won’t spoil what that loudness is) sounded fine in this 5.1 DTS-HD. Really though, this is not a real audio centric flick for the most part.

Extras:
* Sony ads and trailers.
* Ultraviolet Digital Copy.
* “A Movie Making Mission” contains behind-the-scenes footage, cast and crew interviews, and script and character discussions.
* “The Ad Behind The Movie”- The real story behind the time travel ad that is arguably more interesting than the actual movie.

October 25, 2012 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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