This Is The End ****




Run Time: 106 mins               Cert: 15


Synopsis: Written and directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the comedy follows a group of actors as they experience the apocalypse together.


The movie begins when Jay Baruchel and his old friend Seth Rogen meet up in Los Angeles. They decide to attend a housewarming party hosted by fellow actor James Franco, where they meet a host of other celebrities. Jay feels uncomfortable at the party so he and Seth take a trip to a local shop to buy cigarettes, during which explosions occur and other people are beamed up into the sky. Despite this occuring outside, they go back to the party to find everything is carrying on as normal. However an earthquake creates a hole in the ground that swallows up a large number of celebrities, leaving only five survivors – Baruchel, Rogen, Franco, Jonah Hill and Craig Robinson.


Having squabbled over rations and boarded up the house, the group of actors head to bed. On waking up they discover Danny McBride is alive and completely unaware of the previous night’s events. Over the next few days, the men spend their time getting high and spoofing movies. One by one they discover their fate.


“This Is The End” is entertaining and hilarious to watch. The sheer ludicrousness of the events is what makes the movie work and the story contains a number of twists that will shock the audience and leave them anticipating the next crazy occurrence.The relationships between Rogen and Goldberg’s fictitious versions of the actors are also fun to watch and cover all angles from close friendship to love-hate relationships and people that can’t stand each other.


The cast is top notch with great performances from all the actors – particularly Rogen, Franco, McBride and Robinson. The actors work well together and create an ensemble that provokes laughter at every opportunity.


The ending is both random and unexpected. Given the whole film is completely off the wall, it fits well and gives a good conclusion.


Reviewed by Lesley Logan

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