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The World's End (2013)

R  |   |  Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi  |  23 August 2013 (USA)
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Five friends who reunite in an attempt to top their epic pub crawl from 20 years earlier unwittingly become humankind's only hope for survival.

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Storyline

20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hell bent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by mate Gary King, a 40-year old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their home town and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub, The World's End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind's. Reaching The World's End is the least of their worries. Written by Production

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Taglines:

One Night. Six Friends. Twelve Pubs. Total Annihilation. See more »

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Action | Comedy | Sci-Fi

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Rated R for pervasive language including sexual references. | See all certifications »

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23 August 2013 (USA)  »

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$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,790,237 (USA) (23 August 2013)

Gross:

$26,003,149 (USA) (29 November 2013)
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The film progresses through three increasingly larger negative formats: The opening flashback footage is standard 16mm, from then up until the robots appear it's 3-perf Super 35, and from then it's 4-perf Panavision anamorphic until the ending scenes, which switch back to Super 35. See more »

Goofs

When Gary crosses off the tenth pub on the map, the figure of the "modern art" statue can be seen on the map just below the second and third pubs. But since this is the same map he used for the original crawl, before The Network arrived, and since the statue is apparently part of The Network, it should not appear on the map. It is also apparent that the statue was not there at the time of the original Golden Mile since they wonder about what it is when they pass it earlier in the night. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Gary King: Ever have one of those nights that starts out like any other, but ends up being the *best* night of your life?
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Crazy Credits

People going to see the film at the Broadway Cinema in Letchworth, the location for the outside of The Mermaid, were shown a short clip beforehand featuring Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright and Nick Frost, welcoming them to the cinema and hoping they enjoyed watching it from inside one of the filming locations. See more »

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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Get a Life
(Hayden Browne, Jazzie B (as Beresford Romeo))
Performed by Soul II Soul
Courtesy of Virgin Records Ltd
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Thee ultimate sci-fi pub crawl film.
23 July 2013 | by (Novelist of The Final Version) – See all my reviews

Five friends return to their hometown to relive a pub crawl they never finished in their youth, however, they find their town has been invaded by interstellar beings 'Blanks' and the crawl could literary kill them.

Director/writer Edger Wright returns with this British set, sci-fi, beer-fuelled pub crawl yarn. Once again like Shaun of the Dead (2004) and Hot Fuzz (2007) what makes this so likable is the Simon Pegg and Nick Frost combination - the two have great chemistry, they're not only funny but warm too. There's plenty of camaraderie between the five friends mixed with the humorous restlessness of a school reunion.

The on location feel gives it an air of realism and captures a current British small town perfectly. Wright once again shows that he's at the top of his game, the action scenes are wonderfully executed and the effects are superb. The soundtrack oozes nostalgia and accompanying music score is fitting. Some jokes my go over some international viewer's heads, but the majority cater for all.

The first half of the film injects the most one liners and comedy output with the old gang rejoining and their return to the town, while the second is more action orientated when they go head to head with the invaders. The beings glowing eyes are reminiscent of Demons (1985) while the set up feels like Invasion of the Body Snatcher (1956/78) only with a twist and the closing confrontation plays out like an episode of Star Trek/Doctor Who followed by an outlandish flash-forward.

There's plenty of homage's thrown in just for fun, Pegg as washed up excitable alcoholic/drug intoxicated Gary King plays against the usual nice guy, here he's a man you love to hate, you really want him to succeed. Frost is kick-ass lovable. It's strength is that you care about the fate of the characters. The supporting cast are excellent including (surprisingly well cast) Rosamund Pike, Martin Freeman to name a few and a surprise cameo by an ex-Bond.

If Shaun was on the money, and Hot Fuzz was wordy, The World's End is somewhere in between. Highly recommended.


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