The World's End 2013

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Simon Pegg and Nick Frost reteam with director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead) for this thrill ride about five friends who reunite on a boozy quest where only the strongest will survive.

Starring:
Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine
Runtime:
1 hour 49 minutes

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The World's End

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Product Details

Genres Science Fiction, Action & Adventure, Comedy
Director Edgar Wright
Starring Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine
Supporting actors Simon Pegg, Eddie Marsan, Nick Frost, Rosamund Pike
Studio Focus Features
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jules TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 July 2014
Format: DVD
Five childhood friends , instigated by Gary King (Pegg) are roped into reliving their youth by completing the "Golden Mile" pub crawl of 12 drinking establishments in their old home Town of Newton Haven, that they never managed to complete when 18. As past grudges re-surface, they have to try & settle their differences when they stumble across a terrible & horrifying secret.

Overall, The Worlds End has some genuine comedy moments & well worked in idea's, but apart from the fresh, neat introduction of what they are up against, it just felt like i'd seen this movie before. And that's because it's essentially a combination of Shaun of the Dead & Hot Fuzz with a new surprise twist. The film was carried with two key performances, Simon Pegg's immature, sarcastic & never admits he's wrong Gary King, whose the energetic life of the party. Contrasted perfectly with Nick Frost's more mature & solemn outlook on life, Andy Knightley. Truth be told the other characters were a bit forgettable and just tagging along for the ride.

The build up with these old mates forced to reunite was enjoyable itself, right up to the surprise reveal, that was so out of place & bizarre, it was a very enjoyable scene turning things on it's head. However the aftermath didn't quite capitalize on it, as the gags dried up, and it turned into a series of chases resulting in action fight sequences as the film went into a brawl. But it had good direction with neat special effects & cinematography/choreography.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Frederick Barnstaple on 26 Dec 2013
Format: DVD
From send-ups of zombie and buddy cop films, Pegg and Frost now tackle the sci-fi genre, although this is not obvious at the outset. At the beginning Pegg's character Gary King is a depressed alcoholic with no future, trying to rekindle past glory by attempting a mammoth pub crawl that defeated his teenage self. On paper there's a great cast for his school friends including Nick Frost, Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman and Eddie Marsan.

Central to the film is the character of King, who unlike previous Characters Shaun and Nicholas Angel is not that likeable. He has little ambition, he's self-centred, no one can argue with him and he has the same clapped out car; a boy trapped in a man's body. There is potential for conflict with his more successful friends who have families and jobs and this is explored until their night out becomes more of a challenge.

Similar to the sort of encounters in Shaun of the Dead, their foes are now face-grabbing robots whose limbs make a satisfying pop as they snap off and their heads sometimes shatter like porcelain, spraying a thick blue blood all over the place. From this point on the exploration of character is thrown out of the window and it's more about pub brawls, spilt pints and Frost's character proving he's actually good at fighting.

Unfortunately for a comedy, it isn't that funny. I laughed occasionally and smiled at some of the other jokes but it felt like it worked better as a slightly odd drama with actors you liked. In fact there were one or two quite poignant moments where Pegg's character elicited sympathy, where his behaviour is explained. These didn't help the comedy, but added a bit of depth to the story.
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34 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Mike on 26 Nov 2013
Format: DVD
Don't get me wrong, World's End isn't a bad film, it's brilliantly filmed, well acted and funny in places, it's just you get a sense of deja vu watching it.

I know a lot of Wright and Pegg's work has revolved around comedic homage to other popular culture references but they are ripping them selves off dreadfully here. The central premise is lifted straight from Sean of The Dead only with robots instead of zombies, the subtext is lifted straight from Hot Fuzz (strange underground movement trying to retain the niceness of an otherwise arse end of nowhere location using somewhat unpleasant means) and the unnecessarily gratuitous swearing is lifted straight out of Paul. Even Pegg's character is a less likeable version of Tim Bisley from Spaced. Possibly, after 15 years, it's just run it's course. Sean Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz set the bar incredibly high but transparently rehashing old ideas does smack of a creative block.

I'd hate to think that with Pegg getting increasingly bigger parts elsewhere, he's losing interest in his own work.
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What a let down. A few entertaining moments and the first couple of appearances of the blue-blooded zombies were funny enough but after that it was downhill all the way.

The last 10-15 minutes were truly dreadful. The whole "network" sequence at the end was cringe-makingly unfunny with dialogue that might have been hilarious in Monty Python 30-40 years ago but was embarrassingly lame.

I don't know if anyone else who didn't enjoy the film could be bothered to watch the "making of" documentary but for some unknown reason I did. Again, cringe-makingly awful. Pretentious drivel with the cast and Edgar Wright trying to present this tragic effort as some kind of masterpiece. Simon Pegg came across as a stereotypical luvvie. I don't know why but this really surprised me - it hadn't struck me that someone who could play so many normal and likable characters would not be like that when out of character. Duh - that's acting. Martin Freeman looked like he'd overdone the botox and hair dye.

In summary - lame, dreadful, pathetic, and far too long. I suspect fans of Shaun and Hot Fuzz like me will want to watch it anyway but I suggest you lower your expectations - then lower them again - before viewing.
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