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 re-released the film on September 6, 2013.
Jay Baruchel arrives in Los Angeles to visit with old friend and fellow actor Seth Rogen, who invites him to attend a housewarming party hosted by James Franco. At the raucous party, many celebrities and others drink, take drugs, have sex and commit other immoral acts. Baruchel is uncomfortable being around many people he doesn't know well including Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Michael Cera, Craig Robinson and Emma Watson. Rogen accompanies him to a convenience store for cigarettes.
Beams of blue light from the sky suddenly carry away several store customers. The frightened Rogen and Baruchel flee to Franco's home amid explosions, vehicular crashes and mass chaos, but find the party undisturbed by the blue beams. The partygoers scoff at Baruchel's account, but rush outside because of a powerful earthquake and see the Hollywood Hills on fire. A large crack opens in the earth, and Cera, Mintz-Plasse, Rihanna, Mindy Kaling, Aziz Ansari, Kevin Hart, Martin Starr, Jason Segel and David Krumholtz are among those killed. Rogen, Baruchel, Franco, Hill and Robinson survive, and learn that the largest earthquake in California history has struck Los Angeles. Believing that as famous actors they will soon be rescued, the five take inventory of the available supplies, including food and water, various drugs and a pistol. They set up a ration system, board up the doors and windows and await help.
The next morning, Danny McBride, who unknown to the others, crashed the party and fell asleep wakes up first. Ignorant of the crisis he wastes much of the supplies and disbelieves the others' accounts until a desperate outsider seeking aid is decapitated in their presence. The men pass the time by taking many drugs and filming a homemade sequel to the 2008 film Pineapple Express, which most of the group had appeared in. Tensions rise, however, due to various conflicts, including Baruchel and Rogen's growing estrangement, and the others' skepticism of Baruchel's belief that the disasters might be the Apocalypse the Book of Revelation predicts.
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 out it is filled with blanks. Before leaving, McBride attacks everyone's characters flaws and attempting to obliterate Baruchel's self-righteousness, points out that two months ago, McBride met him at the Four Seasons and recalls that he specifically asked McBride not to tell Rogen that he was there to maintain the illusion of always staying with Rogen when in Los Angeles. Hill then gently chastises Baruchel, and Baruchel punches Hill in the face. 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-like creature 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 knocking a candle over, engulfing Hill and the house in flames.
When the remaining four flee outside, Franco suggests taking his Prius to his home in Malibu, but a winged demon has roosted on his garage and is fixated on them. Robinson volunteers to sacrifice himself as a distraction. The plan succeeds and Robinson is raptured. As the others escape, they realize that Robinson was saved because he sacrificed himself and it means there is still hope for them. Suddenly, the car is t-boned by an armored motor home filled with cannibals led by McBride with Channing Tatum as his sex slave, who intends to eat them. Franco volunteers to sacrifice himself to save the others and get raptured. However, Franco starts taunting McBride as he ascends into Heaven and is left back on Earth as a result. McBride and his cannibals eat Franco alive and then chase after Rogen and Baruchel. When a colossal-sized Satan approaches them, Baruchel apologizes to Rogen for ruining their friendship and the two embrace while preparing to die together. This results in Barchuel being raptured, but not Rogen. Rogen grabs onto Baruchel's hand while Baruchel is ascending into Heaven. However, this causes them to slow down and descend, their combined weights being too heavy for the beam of light. Rogen insists that he let go in order to spare Baruchel. As Rogen falls another blue beam appears and he also ascends to Heaven.
In Heaven, Baruchel and Rogen reunite with Robinson (who is now an angel). He tells the two that Heaven is a place where any desire comes true. Baruchel wishes for the Backstreet Boys and the band performs "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" while everyone dances along.
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. 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 comedy film The World's End, also released in the summer of 2013 and centered around an apocalypse with an ensemble cast. 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 from critics. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a rating of 83%, based on 206 reviews, with an average rating of 7.1/10. The site's consensus reads: "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 out of 100, based on 41 critics, 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 due to different schedules, 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
- Rapture-Palooza – another 2013 apocalypse-themed comedy which also featured Craig Robinson
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