It’s been five
years since “Pineapple Express” was released to theaters
in 2008. There were some early rumors that this new film would
be called “Pineapple Express 2” or even “The
End of the World,” however it was changed to “This
Is The End.”
This movie has no fictional
characters in it. What I mean is everyone in the film stars as
themselves. James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel,
Danny McBride and Craig Robinson make up the main cast. Emma Watson,
Michael Cera, Jason Segel, Paul Rudd, Kevin Hart and Aziz Ansari
have supporting roles in the movie.
It all begins with
Rogen waiting to pick up his friend Baruchel at the Los Angeles
International Airport, better known as LAX. When Baruchel arrives,
the two hug and go back to Rogen’s place. Baruchel said
he hates L.A. so he only goes there once a year to visit. The
two spent a lot of time together playing video games, smoking
pot and getting drunk.
Rogen has the great
idea of introducing Baruchel to some of his other buddies at James
Franco’s home. The two drove over to Franco’s newly-built
mansion in the Hollywood Hills. There was a huge party inside—people
dancing to loud music, lots of drinking and more smoking weed.
This is when Baruchel gets introduced to Rogen’s friends—Franco,
Hill, McBride, Robinson, Watson, Cera and Segel.
Baruchel told Rogen
that he is not enjoying the party and he wanted to leave. So the
two went for a walk around the corner to the local convenience
store. This is when all hell breaks loose. A record 9.5-magnitude
earthquake rattles southern California. Other customers inside
the convenience store get sucked up to heaven with a blue glow
around their bodies.
The two ran back to
Franco’s house as fast as they could. Everything was going
on as normal inside the house as if nothing ever happened. A few
seconds later, the house began shaking and everyone ran outside
for cover. Then, a large sinkhole opens up and dozens of people
get sucked up.
The only survivors
were Franco, Hill, Rogen, Baruchel, McBride and Robinson. They
spent the rest of the movie trying to find out what was going
on. Baruchel was reading the Bible and thought it might be an
apocalypse. The others didn’t believe him.
Something happens to
Jonah Hill toward the middle of this movie. I’m keeping
that one a secret. Who dies and who lives? You’ll have to
see the movie to find out those answers.
Evan Goldberg and Seth
Rogen co-directed this film, which was a first for both of them.
Goldberg previously served as executive producer of past Rogen
movies such as “Knocked Up,” “Superbad”
and “Pineapple Express.” This new film is rated R
for crude and sexual content throughout, brief graphic nudity,
pervasive language, drug use and some violence. Scenes for “This
Is The End” were shot throughout Los Angeles and New Orleans.
I thought this movie
was way over the top. There were several parts of this film that
I thought no way. I could easily tell it was fake. For
example, the blue glowing light and the people getting sucked
up into heaven. Also, the dragons and the other weird larger-than-life
creatures. “This Is The End” is way more apocalyptic
than it is a comedy. Go see this movie if you want, but keep in
mind it’s nothing like “Superbad” or “Knocked