This Is the End
|This Is the End|
Theatrical release poster
|Based on||Jay and Seth versus the Apocalypse by Jason Stone|
|Music by||Henry Jackman|
|Editing by||Zene Baker|
|Studio||Mandate Pictures Point Grey Pictures|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Running time||106 minutes|
This Is the End is a 2013 American apocalyptic comedy film written and directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, starring an ensemble cast including Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson as fictional versions of themselves in the aftermath of a global apocalypse. The film was released on June 12, 2013, and was a critical and commercial success. Due to the success of the film, Columbia Pictures set the film to be re-released on September 6, 2013.
Jay Baruchel arrives in Los Angeles to visit his old friend and fellow actor Seth Rogen, who invites Baruchel to attend a housewarming party hosted by James Franco. At the raucous party, many celebrities and others drink, do drugs, have sex, and commit other hedonistic acts. Baruchel is uncomfortable being around many people he does not know well—including Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Michael Cera, Craig Robinson, and Emma Watson—so Rogen accompanies him to a convenience store for cigarettes.
Beams of blue light from the sky suddenly carry away several store customers. The frightened Rogen and Baruchel flee to Franco’s home amid explosions, vehicular crashes, and mass chaos, but find the party undisturbed. The partygoers scoff at Baruchel’s account, but rush outside because of a powerful earthquake and see the Hollywood Hills on fire. A large crack opens in the earth, and Cera, Mintz-Plasse, Rihanna, Mindy Kaling, Martin Starr, Aziz Ansari, Kevin Hart, Jason Segel and David Krumholtz are among those killed. Rogen, Baruchel, Franco, Hill, and Robinson survive, and learn that the largest earthquake in California history has struck Los Angeles. Believing that as famous actors they will soon be rescued, the five take inventory of the available supplies, including food and water, various drugs, and a pistol. They set up a ration system, board up the doors and windows, and await help.
The next morning, Danny McBride—who, unknown to the others, crashed the party and fell asleep—wakes up first. Ignorant of the crisis he wastes much of the supplies, and disbelieves the others’ accounts until a desperate outsider seeking aid is decapitated in their presence. The men pass the time by taking many drugs and filming a homemade sequel to the 2008 film Pineapple Express, which most of the group had appeared in. Tensions rise, however, due to various conflicts, including Jay and Seth’s growing estrangement, and the others’ skepticism of Baruchel’s belief that the disasters might be the Apocalypse the Book of Revelation predicts.
This movie is full of silly sexual references, an overdose of pot culture, and over the top, over acting, BUT It is also a well made movie that is full of solid special effects, shocking surprises and a good bit of suspense. And that is on top of the comedy. Fifteen minutes into it I forgot there was going to be a sci-fi element and when it came I was like… “HELL YEAH.” When Franco tries to pee in his own mouth I nearly died, and when Scott Pilgrim gets coked out at a party I was rolling and holding my gut. Very very funny. 4 stars and worth watching – MR