Safety Not Guaranteed

  • 15
  • Colin Trevorrow (2012)
  • US
  • 81 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

You can't travel through time on a shoestring budget but, with his feature debut, director Colin Trevorrow has a lot of fun trying. The film revolves around small-town supermarket worker Kenneth (Mark Duplass), who advertises for a time travel companion and sparks the curiosity of three journalists. As sultry, cynical intern Darius, Aubrey Plaza has the job of netting Kenneth and, despite his apparent lunacy, she is drawn in to his plan. There are laughs, thrills and spills as they undertake weapons training and a clumsy stealth mission to steal machine parts, and they also share the secrets that keep them living in the past. Meanwhile, head reporter Jeff (Jake Johnson) revisits his own romantic history while Darius's shy fellow intern Arnau (Karan Soni) takes a leap into the unknown in a much less subtle subplot. Though it has all the mystery of a sci-fi caper, Kenneth remains an enigma, and the question mark over his relationship with Darius provides the suspense. The finale may raise eyebrows, but this is an experience you'll want to relive.

Plot Summary

A magazine writer and two interns are sent to investigate a mysterious personal ad claiming to be from a time traveller seeking someone to join him on a trip into the past. While the journalist is distracted by tracking down an old flame, one of his assistants identifies the writer of the message and volunteers to join his expedition. Sci-fi comedy, starring Aubrey Plaza and Mark Duplass.

Cast and crew


Darius Britt
Aubrey Plaza
Ken Calloway
Mark Duplass
Jeff Schwensen
Jake Johnson
Karan Soni
Jenica Bergere
Belinda St Sing
Kristen Bell
Mr. Britt
Jeff Garlin
Bridget Bay
Mary Lynn Rajskub
William Hall Jr


Colin Trevorrow

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Vertigo Films
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 21 Dec 2012
Certificate 15
Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment