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We review “This is the End” You’ve heard of High Fantasy? Welcome to: High Sci-Fi! MR

This Is the End

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This Is the End
This-is-the-End-Film-Poster.jpg

Theatrical release poster
Directed by
Produced by
  • Seth Rogen
  • Evan Goldberg
  • James Weaver
Screenplay by
  • Seth Rogen
  • Evan Goldberg
Story by
  • Seth Rogen
  • Evan Goldberg
Based on Jay and Seth versus the Apocalypse  by Jason Stone
Starring
Music by Henry Jackman[1]
Cinematography Brandon Trost
Editing by Zene Baker
Studio Mandate Pictures Point Grey Pictures
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s)
  • June 12, 2013 (2013-06-12)
  • September 6, 2013 (2013-09-06)

(re-release)

Running time 106 minutes[2]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $32 million[3]
Box office $116,893,232[3]

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.[4]

Plot

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.

Our Thoughts:

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

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We review “World War Z” – An AWESOME zombie flick. I loved it. – MR

World War Z (film)

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World War Z
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U.S. theatrical release poster
Directed by Marc Forster
Produced by Brad Pitt Dede Gardner Jeremy Kleiner Ian Bryce
Screenplay by Matthew Michael Carnahan Drew Goddard Damon Lindelof
Story by Matthew Michael Carnahan J. Michael Straczynski
Based on World War Z  by Max Brooks
Starring Brad Pitt Mireille Enos James Badge Dale Matthew Fox
Music by Marco Beltrami
Cinematography Ben Seresin
Editing by Roger Barton Matt Chesse
Studio Skydance Productions Hemisphere Media Capital GK Films Plan B Entertainment
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s)
  • June 2, 2013 (2013-06-02) (London, premiere)
  • June 21, 2013 (2013-06-21) (United States)
Running time 116 minutes[1]
Country United Kingdom United States
Language English
Budget $190 million[2][3]
Box office $536,835,676[4]

World War Z is a 2013 apocalyptic horror action film directed by Marc Forster. The screenplay by Matthew Michael Carnahan is loosely based on the 2006 novel of the same name by Max Brooks. The film stars Brad Pitt as Gerry Lane, a former United Nations investigator who must travel the world to find a way to stop a zombie-like pandemic.[5]

Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment secured the film rights in 2007 and Forster was approached to direct. In 2009, Carnahan was hired to rewrite the script to the film. Filming began in July 2011 in Malta on an estimated $125 million budget, before moving to Glasgow in August 2011 and Budapest in October 2011. Originally set for a December 2012 release, the production suffered some setbacks. In June 2012, the film’s release date was pushed back and the crew returned to Budapest for seven weeks of additional shooting. Damon Lindelof was hired to rewrite the third act, but did not have the time to finish the script and Drew Goddard was hired to rewrite it. The reshoots took place between September and October 2012.

World War Z premiered in London on June 2, 2013 and was chosen to open the 35th Moscow International Film Festival. The film was released on June 21, 2013 in the United States in 2D and RealD 3D. The film was a commercial success, grossing over $530 million on a $190 million budget while about two-thirds of its reviews were positive. A sequel was cancelled during the film’s troubled filming process, but is now in development once again.

Plot

Former UN employee Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt), his wife Karin (Mireille Enos) and their two daughters, Rachel and Constance, sit in heavy Philadelphia traffic when the city is attacked by hordes of zombies. As the chaos spreads, the Lanes escape the city in a stolen RV and arrive at Newark, New Jersey. After stocking up on asthma medicine for Rachel at a chaotic supermarket pharmacy, they take refuge in an apartment unit, home to another couple with a young boy named Tommy. Deputy Secretary-General Thierry Umutoni (Fana Mokoena)—an old friend of Gerry’s—calls and tells the family that he is sending a helicopter to rescue them.

The helicopter extracts the Lanes and Tommy (who followed them after he escaped his infected parents) from the building to a fleet of U.S. Navy vessels off the coast of New York City, where scientists and military personnel analyze the scope of the worldwide outbreaks. A virologist, Dr. Andrew Fassbach (Elyes Gabel), argues that the plague is a virus, whose origin must be found in order for a vaccine to be developed. Because of his expertise as a former UN investigator, Gerry is tasked with helping Fassbach find the outbreak’s source. After being given the ultimatum of either assisting the investigation or having him and his family removed from the vessel, Gerry reluctantly agrees to help and is sent to Camp Humphreys, a military base in South Korea.

Moments after arriving at the base, Gerry’s team is attacked by zombies. An armed Fassbach panics and accidentally shoots himself dead. After being rescued by the base’s surviving personnel led by Captain Speke (James Badge Dale), Gerry learns that the zombies are attracted to noise and the only way to stop them is to shoot them in their heads. A former CIA operative (David Morse) is a surviving prisoner at the base, tells Gerry to go to Jerusalem, where the Israeli Mossad have established a safe zone just before the outbreak was officially acknowledged, implying Israel might have had prior knowledge of what was to come. As Gerry and his team bike stealthily to the plane, Karin calls him through his satellite phone, activating a loud ringtone that attracts the zombies. The zombies attack and kill several of the soldiers, including Captain Speke, who commits suicide to prevent himself from turning, while they cover Gerry and his pilot during the escape.

In Jerusalem, Gerry meets Director of Mossad Jurgen Warmbrunn (Ludi Boeken), who explains that the Mossad had months earlier intercepted communications from an army general in India, who stated that Indian troops were fighting the “rakshasa,” or “dead spirits.” With this knowledge, the city quarantined itself. Jurgen then takes Gerry to the gates of the walls that were built by the Israelis after quarantining the city. The Israelis are allowing any survivors in to seek refuge inside the city. However, after hearing the loud singing and celebrations of the refugees within, the thousands of zombies outside begin forming massive piles like army ants, running and climbing over one another in an attempt to climb over the wall. Eventually, the zombies succeed in breaching the wall, and panic erupts everywhere as the infection spreads, with the military soon being overwhelmed. Jurgen orders Gerry’s escorts to accompany him to his airplane. During their escape, Gerry notices that an old man and an emaciated boy were ignored by the zombies. While fighting the horde, Gerry’s escort, an Israeli soldier who identifies herself only as “Segen” (Daniella Kertesz), is bitten by a zombie. Gerry quickly amputates her hand to stop the spread of the infection. Gerry and Segen are eventually forced to escape Israel on an airliner when Gerry’s pilot panics and flies away as the city population was left for dead.

 

Our Thoughts:

Plain and simple this is a bad ass zombie flick. It has blockbuster elements and over the top effects, and outside of a few places where the acting could have actually been acted, it was awesome. 4 stars and highly recommended for fans of zombies, and action adventure movies in general. – MR

 

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