My new favorite apocalypse movie is not your typical apocalypse movie. It does not have the special effects of The Day After Tomorrow, the pyrotechnics of 2012, or the cool walking dead of Zombieland. There are no earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, hurricanes, or tornadoes. There’s no frantic panicked rushing around trying to get to some kind of ark or spaceship or underground hidey hole, and at the beginning of the movie we learn that the last ditch attempt of hero-astronauts to stop the asteroid from colliding with earth failed. But Seeking a Friend for the End of the World has something else going for it…
This movie is about what might happen to those of us without political connections, or astronaut training, or the hope of being chosen to colonize Mars – should science, technology, and last-minute heroics fail us. What would we do if we knew we only had three weeks until oblivion? How would we use our time? Seeking a Friend for the End of the World takes the approach that some of us would use those last weeks of life to have meaningless sex, escape into boozy oblivion, and party like there’s no tomorrow. And some of us would spend those last weeks opening up to, and accepting, the love in our lives.
I know this is going to sound weird – considering that this is an end-of-the-world movie – but it gave me hope. It made me laugh. It reinforced, for me, what is important in this world – no matter when it might appear to come to an end.
“Love will finally mark the hour of harmony, and spiritualization will follow, for Love is Spirit. ” – from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy
“…and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.“- I Kings 19