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|
|Box office||$126 million|
This Is the End is a 2013 American disaster comedy film written and directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg in their directorial debut, and stars Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Emma Watson and Michael Cera. The film centers around a group of real life actors playing versions of themselves, in the aftermath of a global apocalypse. The film was released on June 12, 2013, with a re-release 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. Jay is uncomfortable being around many people he does not know well, so Seth accompanies him to a convenience store for cigarettes.
At the store, beams of blue light come down from the sky and carry away numerous people. Seth and Jay flee back to James's house amid mass chaos, but find the party undisturbed. Moments later, the earth shakes and the partygoers rush outside. A large hole opens in James's yard, swallowing several partygoers, while Seth, Jay, James, Jonah Hill, and Craig Robinson survive. They take inventory of their supplies, set up a ration system, fortify the house, and await help.
The next morning, Danny McBride wakes up first. Unaware of the crisis, he wastes much of the food. The others tell him of the previous night's events, which he does not initially believe until an outsider is decapitated in their presence. Tensions rise due to various conflicts, including Jay and Seth's growing estrangement, and the others' skepticism of Jay's belief that the disaster might be the Apocalypse predicted in the Book of Revelation.
Later, Emma Watson, another survivor of the party, returns. However, due to a misunderstanding, she believes the group is planning to rape her and leaves, taking the group's remaining drinks with her. Craig is chosen to travel outside to the basement for water, but finds the door locked and returns after an encounter with an unknown being.
Craig's experience causes him to believe Jay's theory of the Apocalypse. They reach the basement by digging through the floor and find the water, but Danny ends up wasting most of it out of spite. The group unanimously decides to send Danny out of the house. James gives him the revolver, which he tries to use to kill the others, only to find that it is filled with blanks. Before he leaves, Danny reveals that Jay was in town two months before the disaster took place, but stayed at a hotel instead of Seth's house due to their strained friendship. Later that night, Jonah prays for Jay to die and is raped by a demon.
The next day, Craig and Jay explore a neighboring home for supplies. Meanwhile, James and Seth find Jonah unconscious from what looks like an LBS episode, but he wakes up possessed. Jonah chases James and Seth while Craig and Jay flee a demonic bull at the neighbor's house. The group subdues Jonah, but during an exorcism attempt, Jay and Seth get into a fight and knock a candle over. A fire starts, engulfing Jonah and the house in flames and forcing the remaining four outside.
James suggests taking his car to his home in Malibu, but find the car guarded by a winged demon. Craig volunteers to sacrifice himself. The plan succeeds and Craig is raptured. As the others escape, the car is hit by an armored motor home filled with cannibals led by Danny, who captures them. James volunteers to sacrifice himself to save the others, but taunts Danny as he ascends to Heaven, causing the beam to vanish. James is eaten by Danny and his cannibals as Seth and Jay escape. They encounter Satan, pushing them to reconcile and await death in an embrace. A blue beam strikes Jay, but not Seth, and Jay grabs Seth's hand. Seth's presence prevents them from ascending to Heaven, so Seth lets go to save his friend, but before he falls into Satan's mouth, he is saved by another beam.
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|
|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|
Rotten Tomatoes gave 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 spectrum, 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. He referred to the actors in the film as "the lazy, the privileged and the mirthless".
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 $24,571,120 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 May 29, 2014, Seth Rogen posted a status on Twitter 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 in which couples at a brunch realize that the world is ending
- The World's End – another 2013 apocalyptic comedy film
- Rapture-Palooza – another 2013 apocalypse-themed comedy which also featured Craig Robinson
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