Best Sci-fi Movies on Netflix Right Now (2020)

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42. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

Released on: June 22, 2012

Directed by: Lorene Scafaria

Written by: Lorene Scafaria

Starring: Steve Carrell, Keira Knightley, Derek Luke

This is, perhaps, the first film to reference a Chris Cornell song since Singles. Fans of the Chris Cornell solo album, Euphoria Morning, no doubt have heard – and loved – the track “Preaching the End of the World,” which is what this movie is directly referencing. Starring Steve Carell, Keira Knightley, and Derek Luke, this film originally got mixed reviews when it was first released, and didn’t even break even at the box office.

However, it’s difficult to understand why, because the film has a solid plot, great acting, and absolutely gorgeous scenery. Yes, the subject matter is a little dark – they’re talking about the end of the world, after all – but it has a tinge of that dark humor that every good post-apocalyptic story needs. Many people, too, compared this film to director/writer Lorene Scafaria’s previous film, Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist, and for good reason – because it had a lot of the same elements.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that the movie was a recycled one, but there definitely were some similar elements. Keep your eyes peeled for a special guest spot by Amy Schumer before she was famous!