The World's End 2013

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(352) IMDb 7/10
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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

Available in HD on supported devices

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
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

3.5 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

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 ideas, 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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By E. Granter on 1 Oct 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Like Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, this film has a snappy, well scripted and funny first half. Gary King (Pegg) rounds up his old school pals so that they can complete the pub crawl they failed to manage twenty years or so earlier. Sporting the same outfit as his 17 year old self, and apparently with about as much money as he had then, King is a loafing fantasist and a scrounger, but has a nice line in witty comebacks.

Aforesaid pals are all much more successful than Gary in that they are gainfully employed, but despite having rather more to lose than him, they return inevitably to Newton Haven to embark on the golden mile.

The attraction of this film is its affectionate take on the nostalgia that is familiar to many of us who grew up in small towns. The leaving school celebrations, the wish to escape, the being sick after 2 pints. And we are all aware of how our lives took different paths and how tricky adult life can be. Perhaps that is why the first half of the film works so well.

The second half of the film is basically a 'mash up' (as I believe the youngsters call it) of Shaun and Hot Fuzz, as our heroes battle the locals - now mostly comprising cyborgs with distinctively zombie like mannerisms. I don't know how this all came about and neither do the screenwriters, and though a bit of action is nothing to complain about, here it's strangely hyped up and stylised, which doesn't quite work.

There are some attempts at poignancy along the way, mostly involving the Pegg character, but the twists and turns I was expecting failed to materialise or were predictable and contrived. Almost worth watching for the first half, but rather a chore beyond that.
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