Here’s one of those Indie films that crept up with little fanfare or Hollywood glitz. This movie has much promise among a slow set of indie offerings. The movie: Safety Not Guaranteed.
Here’s the essence of the film starring a small class of relatively obscure b-listers goes something like this:
An odd classified ad inspires three cynical Seattle magazine employees to chase the story behind it. In the process they meet the man behind the ad, a mysterious oddball named Kenneth.
Kenneth is a likable but paranoid supermarket clerk, who believes he has solved the riddle of time travel and intends to depart again soon. Together, they embark on a hilarious, smart, and unexpectedly heartfelt journey that reveals how far believing can take you.
Between you and me I love everything about the core message in this film. It’s about faith and trust and believing the unbelievable. The funny thing about this film is…
It’s based on a real classified ad.
The newspaper advertisement originally appeared on The Copenhagen Post, a weekly newspaper providing Danish news in English. The image paired with the ad of the stone-faced man was not included in the original ad and his identity still remains unknown. The first “Safety Not Guaranteed”YTMND was created by axlbonbach on October 27th, 2005 and has over 1.2 million views as of January 2012.
About the only thing known about the “Time Traveller” is he doesn’t smile and he has a mullet.
It’s kind of cool that out of seemingly social media fraud, creative minds went to work and came up with a whimsical film with a cool story and great writing.
I take it as a very good sign the trailer coerced hairs on my arm to do the wave.