“Safety Not Guaranteed” and “Total Recall”

Quirky and cute “Safety Not Guaranteed” is an IFC film starring unknowns (to me anyway): Aubrey Plaza, Jake M. Johnson, Mark Duplass, and Karan Soni.

Darius (Plaza), a magazine intern, volunteers for an out-of-town assignment under obnoxious Jeff (Johnson), who also enlists Arnau (Soni) as his gopher. They are to interview a guy, who has placed an ad for a time travel companion and lives alone in the woods. Jeff botches the initial contact with Kenneth (Duplass) and sends Darius to wile him into revealing what he is all about. While Jeff goes off to find his high school honey, the two interns do all the work. At first, Kenneth seems like a regular kooky, paranoid person but after they discover he is being followed by the men, the three outsiders begin to consider that perhaps the possible time traveler is not so nuts.

Rating: 3.8 out of 5 stars.


I don’t remember much about the original “Total Recall,” other than I couldn’t understand most of what Schwarznegger was saying, which made Colin Farrell better right off the bat. There was no cussing but plenty of action and violence. It was okay.

In the 22nd century, after nuclear war, only the United Federation of Britain and the colony of Australia remain inhabited. There is a supersonic underground shuttle between the two. UFB has the manufacturing companies, while Australia has the workers and land. Douglas Quaid (Farrell), a factory worker, commutes to UFB and begins having the same dream about running away with an unfamiliar woman (Jessica Biel). However, he really isn’t who he seems or believes he is and the dream is actually a lost memory from his reprogrammed brain. He used to be a super spy and killer for UFB’s Cohaagen (Bryan Cranston). His wife, Lori (Kate Beckinsale), is really just another super agent sent to keep a UFB eye on him. After work one day, he becomes restless and goes to Rekall for a memory vacation. Then, of course, all hell breaks loose and the chase begins. He is rescued by the woman in his dream, Melina (Biel). They join the rebels and save the colony from destruction at the last moment – of course.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.


About Cyranette

I have been writing since I was 11 and am now a grandmother of 9. Aside from my family, I love writing, reading, movies, gardening, genealogy, and travel. I met my soulmate online and we've been married 19 years. I am a survivor of rape, abuse, and cancer. I believe in love, kindness, and common sense. I was born/raised in Indiana and have lived in Massachusetts, Texas, and California. I have visited: most of the United States, British Columbia, Germany, Austria, and Costa Rica. My husband and I would like to visit England, Europe, and New Zealand and to take a train ride along the Canadian/American border. I have written essays, articles, short stories, a romance novel, a self-help book, and several children's books.
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2 Responses to “Safety Not Guaranteed” and “Total Recall”

  1. Saw Total Recall, agree it was just okay. We gave it the same rating.
    Haven’t seen Safety Not Guaranteed but I really want to!


    • Cyranette says:

      Can’t imagine anyone not enjoying it, except maybe grumpy or humorless people. 🙂 I do expect movies to be at least two hours long, but neither of these were.


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