Are these 2 Sundance-y time-travel films the same movie?

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Marc Bernardin
Dec 16, 2012

It used to happen all the time: Someone in Hollywood would decide to make a Robin Hood movie or a volcano movie, and then someone else would have the same idea, leading to a race for box-office glory (See also: Snow White). But here are two indie-style movies that seem to actually have identical plots: Which piques your curiosity more?

Both Sound of My Voice and Safety Not Guaranteed are about enterprising young journalists who get wind of someone purporting to be a time-traveler looking for company. In the course of investigating said time traveler's claims, one of the journalists may or may not have fallen under his or her spell—and will, if cinematic trajectory is on the money, be faced with a moral dilemma: Be true to their journalistic integrity and reveal themselves or give in and go along for the ride.

Both have played to great acclaim at Sundance. Both feature indie-film-darling actors. But one is a romantic comedy and the other's a cult-suspense drama. Decide for yourself which flavor of the exact same story you like:

The drama: Sound of My Voice, starring Brit Marling, Christopher Denham, and Nicole Vicius (opening April 27):

The comedy: Safety Not Guaranteed, starring Mark Duplass, Aubrey Plaza and Jake Johnson (opening June 8):

I guess it depends on whether you're in the mood for ominous portent or sparkly courtship. And, yes, time travel.

(Via Bleeding Cool)