This Is the End
|This Is the End|
Theatrical release poster
|Based on||Jay and Seth versus the Apocalypse
by Jason Stone
|Music by||Henry Jackman|
|Edited by||Zene Baker|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Running time||106 minutes|
This Is the End is a 2013 American disaster comedy film written and directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg in their directorial debut, starring an ensemble cast including Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Michael Cera and Emma Watson. They play versions of themselves which are to varying degrees fictional, 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 had the film re-released on September 6, 2013.
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. Baruchel is uncomfortable being around many people he does not know well, so Rogen accompanies him to a convenience store for cigarettes.
While at the convenience store, the ground begins to shake and beams of blue light from the sky carry away nearby people, but leave Rogen and Baruchel behind. The two flee back to Franco's house amid mass chaos, only to find the party undisturbed. Baruchel tries to explain that it is the Apocalypse, but his theory is dismissed. Moments later, the ground shakes again and the partygoers rush outside. The earth splits open in Franco's yard, swallowing most celebrity partygoers, while Rogen, Baruchel, Franco, Jonah Hill and Craig Robinson survive by running back into the house. They take inventory of their supplies, set up a ration system, fortify the house, and await help.
Danny McBride, who attended the party uninvited and passed out in the bathtub, wakes up first. Not knowing about the crisis, he makes breakfast using the majority of the food in the house. The others awake and tell him of the night's events, which he does not initially believe until an outsider is decapitated in their presence.
Later, Emma Watson, another survivor of the party, returns. However, due to a misunderstanding, she leaves, taking the group's remaining drinks with her. Robinson is then chosen to travel outside to the basement for water, but finds the door locked and returns after an encounter with an unknown being.
Robinson's experience with the creature causes him to believe Baruchel's theory of the Apocalypse. The group reaches the basement by digging through the floor and they find the water, but McBride wastes much of it out of spite. The group unanimously decides to vote McBride out of the house, which they later rescind after McBride tells a pathetic story. When McBride decides to leave anyway, Franco gives him a revolver, which McBride then attempts to use to kill the others, only to find that it is filled with blanks. Before he leaves, McBride reveals that Baruchel had actually been in town two months before, but stayed at a Four Seasons instead of Rogen's house due to their strained friendship. Later that night, Hill prays for Baruchel to die and is raped by a demon.
The next day, Robinson volunteers to explore a neighboring home for supplies with Baruchel. Meanwhile, Franco and Rogen find Hill unconscious from what looks like an LBS episode, but he wakes up possessed. Hill then chases Franco and Rogen while Robinson and Baruchel flee a demonic bull at the neighbor's house. The group subdues Hill and ties him up, but during an exorcism attempt, Baruchel and Rogen get into a fight and accidentally knock a candle over, which starts a fire. The fire destroys the house, kills Hill, and forces the remaining four outdoors.
Franco suggests taking his Prius to escape to his home in Malibu, but a winged demon suddenly appears on the carport. Robinson volunteers to sacrifice himself as a distraction. The plan succeeds and Robinson is raptured. As the others escape, the car is intercepted by an armored motor home filled with cannibals led by McBride, who captures them. Franco volunteers to sacrifice himself to save the others and get himself raptured, which initially works, but he can't resist taunting Danny McBride and the rapture beam vanishes. Franco is then eaten alive by McBride and his cannibals as Rogen and Baruchel escape. The two suddenly see a hundred-foot Satan approaching them, and the two forgive each other for their past issues and await death in an embrace. Suddenly a heavenly blue beam strikes Baruchel, but not Rogen, but Baruchel grabs Rogen's hand, trying to bring him into the beam. By hanging on, Rogen would prevent either of them from ascending to Heaven, so he lets go to save his friend. Having sacrificed himself by letting go, Rogen is saved by a heavenly beam.
In Heaven, Robinson, who is now an angel, tells them that Heaven is a place where any desire comes true. Baruchel wishes for the Backstreet Boys and the band performs "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" in a heavenly party.
Most of the film's cast portray fictional, exaggerated versions of themselves:
- James Franco
- Jonah Hill
- Seth Rogen
- Jay Baruchel
- Danny McBride
- Craig Robinson
- Michael Cera
- Emma Watson
- Mindy Kaling
- David Krumholtz
- Christopher Mintz-Plasse
- Martin Starr
- Paul Rudd
- Channing Tatum
- Kevin Hart
- Aziz Ansari
- Jason Segel (uncredited)
- Jason Trost as JTRO (uncredited)
- Brandon Trost as a cannibal (uncredited)
- Brian Huskey as Headless Man
- Backstreet Boys
According to Rogen and Goldberg, "We always wanted to do a movie where people played themselves and something extraordinary happened; the initial version of the film was Seth Rogen and Busta Rhymes were filming a music video and a film respectively, on the Sony lot, and Antmen attacked from the center of the earth." The film is also based on Jay and Seth versus the Apocalypse, a short film created by Stone and Goldberg in 2007. In an interview with The Guardian, Goldberg commented on influences contributing to the film, saying "[i]f you drilled down to the core of what I do, it's just ripping off little bits of Charlie Kaufman. Seth and I always loved The Larry Sanders Show too. And the popularity of reality television now also feeds into that idea of whether what we're watching is actually real. We thought working with our friends in that situation would be awesome because they're all comedians willing to take stabs at themselves." The actors play exaggerated versions of themselves, with only James Franco having no objections to doing what the script wanted him to do.
While set in Los Angeles, principal photography was in New Orleans due to tax rebates that would keep the budget low. Filming rolled from February to early July 2012. After filming wrapped, Rogen and Goldberg were displeased about the ending they had originally shot. They thought of putting Morgan Freeman in Heaven, but the actor declined. Since "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" already played in a scene and the directors wanted to close on an over-the-top note, the directors decided to feature the Backstreet Boys in the scene instead. During production, the film was titled The Apocalypse, a name later changed to The End of the World (20th Century Fox owns the rights to the title The Apocalypse). The name changed to This Is the End on December 20, 2012, upon the release of its first trailer and poster. This was done at the request of Rogen's Paul co-star Simon Pegg, who wrote to Rogen in concern that The End of the World was too similar a title to his film The World's End, also released in the summer of 2013 and centered around an apocalypse. As The World's End was the name of a key location in that film, Pegg worried he could not change the name of his film. Modus FX made 240 visual effects for the film, which include natural disasters, set extensions for the house that serves as a primary location, computer-generated demons, and the Rapture lights that raise people to Heaven.
In March 2013, the release date was pushed forward two days to June 12, 2013. On April 1, 2013, Sony released an April Fools' Day trailer for Pineapple Express 2, which was in fact a teaser trailer for This Is the End. According to Rogen and Goldberg, however, the homemade Pineapple Express 2 film in This Is the End depicts what they envision for the actual sequel.
|This Is the End: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack|
|Soundtrack album by Various Artists|
|Released||June 11, 2013|
|1.||"Take Yo Panties Off"||Snoop Lion & Craig Robinson||5:06|
|2.||"Step Into a World (Rapture's Delight)"||KRS-One||4:50|
|3.||"Tipsy (Club Mix)"||J-Kwon||4:05|
|4.||"A Joyful Process"||Funkadelic||6:17|
|5.||"Love in the Old Days"||Daddy||4:18|
|6.||"When the Shit Goes Down"||Cypress Hill||3:11|
|7.||"Watchu Want"||Belief & Karniege||2:57|
|9.||"Spirit in the Sky"||Norman Greenbaum||3:58|
|10.||"Everybody (Backstreet's Back)"||Backstreet Boys||3:45|
|11.||"Please Save My Soul"||Church Friends Choir featuring Pamela Landrum||2:07|
|12.||"I Will Always Love You"||Whitney Houston||4:33|
- Songs featured in the film, but not in the soundtrack
- "Gangnam Style" by Psy
- "Hole in the Earth" by Deftones
- "Disco 2000" by Pulp
- "Spiteful Intervention" by Of Montreal
- "Paper Planes" by M.I.A.
- "End of the Beginning" and "War Pigs" by Black Sabbath
- "The Next Episode" by Dr. Dre.
The score by Henry Jackman, with additional material by Dominic Lewis and Matthew Margeson and conducted by Nick Glennie-Smith, was not officially released on its own, not even as bonus tracks on the CD or digital releases on RCA's album. Despite that, a promotional album for the score does exist, according to Soundtrack.net.
|1.||"Rapture on Melrose"||1:47|
|2.||"Hills on Fire/The Sinkhole"||3:36|
|3.||"Foreboding News Report"||0:22|
|6.||"The Sinkhole Remains"||0:35|
|7.||"This Shit is Biblical"||0:58|
|10.||"Drawing Matches Pt 1"||0:42|
|11.||"Craig Gets the Water"||1:37|
|12.||"Creepy Basement Memorabilia"||0:25|
|13.||"The Devil Rapes Jonah"||1:17|
|14.||"Drawing Matches Pt 2"||1:05|
|15.||"Jay & Craig Go Outside"||1:22|
|16.||"Something's Wrong with Jonah"||0:37|
|17.||"Jonah is Possessed"||0:35|
|18.||"Demonic Chase Sequence"||4:01|
|19.||"Lights Out, Jay's Got a Plan"||0:22|
|20.||"The Exorcism of Jonah Hill"||0:37|
|22.||"Craig's Last Stand"||2:15|
|24.||"The Rapture of Seth & Jay"||2:25|
This Is the End received mostly positive reviews. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a rating of 83% based on 206 reviews; the site's consensus states: "Energetic, self-deprecating performances and enough guffaw-inducing humor make up for the flaws in This Is the End's loosely written script." On Metacritic, the film has an average rating of 67/100, indicating "generally favorable reviews."
Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly gave the film a letter grade of "A", saying: "You could sit through a year's worth of Hollywood comedies and still not see anything that's genuinely knock-your-socks-off audacious. But This Is the End (opening June 12) truly is. It's the wildest screen comedy in a long time and also the smartest, the most fearlessly inspired and the snort-out-loud funniest."
Brian D. Johnson of Maclean's wrote: There could be worse ways to experience the apocalypse than with a party of stoned celebrities at James Franco's house. For one thing, his epic art collection can be used to board up the cracking walls against demons and zombies. That's the screwball scenario of This Is the End...The film unfolds as a profanely funny showbiz parody. But with perfect timing, it also sends up a genre that has recently gone viral at the multiplex: the apoca-blockbuster.
At the other end of the scale, Canada's The Globe and Mail compared the film to the interminable wait for a cancelled bus, giving it one and a half stars out of five, referring to the actors in the film as "the lazy, the privileged and the mirthless".
This Is the End was a box office success. In the United States, the film opened at number 2 in its first weekend with $20,719,162, only behind Man of Steel's $116.6 million. "This Is the End" grossed $101,470,202 in North America, and $22,982,457 in other countries, for a worldwide total of $126,041,322.
When asked if a sequel to the film was probable, director and co-writer Evan Goldberg said, "If you ask me, I'd say there's a pretty good chance of a sequel. If you ask Seth [Rogen], he'd say no." On June 26, 2013, Goldberg announced ideas for a sequel in which the apocalypse occurs at the premiere of This Is the End. "Seth’s a cokehead in this version, Michael Cera is a calm dude with a boyfriend, Rihanna and The Backstreet Boys are back," Goldberg said in an interview. “We have a lot of ideas: a heaven and hell, for example, and a garden of Eden version where Danny [McBride] is Adam.”
Despite this, Goldberg has stated it would be difficult to re-create the casting conditions from the first film, believing them to be a stroke of luck, saying, "I honestly don't know if we could get the guys together [again]."
On June 3, 2014, Seth Rogen posted a status on Facebook saying, "I don't think we'll make a sequel to This Is The End, but if we did it would be called "No, THIS Is The End"."
- It's a Disaster – a 2012 black comedy about a several couples at a couples brunch who realize that the world is ending
- The World's End – another 2013 apocalyptic comedy film with an ensemble cast
- Rapture-Palooza – another 2013 apocalypse-themed comedy which also featured Craig Robinson
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