This Is The End FeaturedWritten by Jon Patch
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Columbia Pictures, Mandate Pictures and Point Grey Pictures present a 107 minute, R rated, action, comedy, thriller, directed and written by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen with a theater release date of June 12, 2013.
When the story starts out with Seth Rogen, playing himself, picking up Jay Baruchel at the Los Angeles airport, also playing himself, it’s obvious the rest of the characters would also be playing themselves and of course all of them are from start to finish. After a private party at Seth’s home between Seth and Jay, a little drinking, a little video games and a lot of drugs Seth decides it’s time to hit James Franco’s house party that evening. Once there the cameos are rampant, Rihanna, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, Michael Cera, Emma Watson, Mindy Kaling, David Krumholtz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Martin Starr, Paul Rudd and a number of others are all there to party.
Soon thereafter when Seth and Jay set out to a local store for some smokes the next thing you know the ground shakes and the sky opens as people are lifted into the clouds by beams of blue light. Destruction has started on the streets of Los Angles and the guys rush back to James Franco’s house, only to find the gang is still partying. That is until the ground once again shakes like a 9.7 earthquake causing the partiers to run outside only for some to experience a violent death. James, Jonah, Jay, Seth and Craig have taken fortress in the Franco home in hopes of surviving the wrath of what t is yet to come. Little did they know that James’s biggest nightmare is also in the house, Danny McBride, who as he awakens has no idea the guys are in disaster lockdown.
Jay walks around with the Holy Bible reading scripture that the Apocalypse is amongst mankind and the innocent shall be saved but the sinners left to suffer death by the hand or some other body part of the beast that walks the earth. The city is destroyed and the guys now number six are low on food and water let alone patience towards each other and the selfish acts performed within the house. Survival mood for the guys has kicked in while judgment day is upon the world. One gets possessed while others are on the run from a beast and bare butt Channing Tatum has become the butt end slave to a group of Cannibals out searching for their next meal. Hell hath no fury like that of a sinner but even through the voice of an angel, Whiney Houston; it’s never too late to repent for your sins. Albeit everybody the Backstreet Boys are back in town and it’s a party like no other for some but not all.
This film was smart and original, utilizing actors playing themselves as they fight for survival in a war against good and evil, God and Satan. The direction is perfect the writing is brilliant and the laughs from start to finish are abundant. Even the thrills and action in several scenes will have you jumping through the back of your seat and screaming aloud. A great soundtrack wrapped in with some fantastic special effects and this film is picture perfect right down to all the actors whether leads like Hill, Rogen, Franco, Baruchel, Robinson or McBride or supporting actors like Watson and Cera. We certainly cannot forget the very many cameos from the likes of Rihanna, Starr, Rudd, Tatum, Kaling or Mintz-Plasse that all add a special element to this film. I’ve absolutely not laughed so hard during a comedy in a long time proving that this film is the one to see but be prepared to be astonished by everything as well as the many references to some of the actor’s older films. Truly one of my favorite comedies to grace the big screen in a very long time with the most ideal ensemble cast, sure to contribute strong numbers at the box office. Written and laughed out loud with four paws out of four by Jon Patch.