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UK / USA / Japan 2013
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directed by Edgar Wright
starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine, Eddie Marsan, Rosamund Pike, Pierce Brosnan, David Bradley, Thomas Law, Zachary Bailess, Jasper Levine, James Tarpey, Luke Bromley, Sophie Evans, Samantha White, Rose Reynolds, Richard Hadfield, Flora Slorach, Francesca Reidie, Charlotte Reidie, Michael Smiley, Alex Austin, Jonathan Aris, Jenny Bede, Angie Wallis, Paul Bentall, Richard Graham, Alice Lowe, Rafe Spall, Leo Thompson, Steve Oram, Julia Deakin, Greg Townley, Sebastian Zaniesienko, Luke Scott, Tyler Dobbs, Samuel Mak, Teddy Kempner, Mark Kempner, Nick Holder, Darren Boyd, Paul Kennington, Michael Sarne, Reece Shearsmith, Nicholas Burns, Mark Heap, Kelly Franklin, Stacy Franklin, James Granstrom, Gabe Cronnelly, Patricia Franklin, Bill Nighy, Mark Donovan, Ricky Champ, Ken Bones
written by Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright, music by Steven Price

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review by
Mike Haberfelner



Gary (Simon Pegg) is the one friend who refuses to grow up. So while everyone around him has straightened out, has gotten a decent job, a nice spouse (maybe even a divorce), good car, white picket fence home, he still clings to his old ideals, not taking into account that he's too old to party all the time and his body's starting to reject the lifestyle. But he wants to at least achieve one more thing before old age hits home: To finish the "Golden Mile" in his hometown. The Golden Mile means having (at least) one pint in each of the twelve pubs in town, to end up gloriously pissed. Gary and his friends have tried it one time before in their early twens, but only got to pup # 9. Now Gary's friends - Andy (Nick Frost), Oliver (Martin Freeman), Steven (Paddy Considine) and Peter (Eddie Marsan) - really aren't all that interested anymore, but Andy might be utterly chaotic, but he's also charming ... and scheming. So they're all on board, even tee-totaller Andy - and things of course get messy and out of hands pretty quickly ... before Andy and company rather accidently find out that some of the townsfolks have been replaced by androids, while the other locals know it but are too afraid of their robotic overlords to rebel. At first, our heroes decide to just continue their tour to not arouse suspicion, but the situation gets more and more out of hands, and eventually, they have to fight the androids (who are rather easy to destroy though), and then Oliver it turned into an android even. And eventually, while still continuing ther pub tour, they meet the leader of the robots, their former science teacher (Pierce Brosnan), who suggests to them to join forces. They refuse of course, but that doesn't mean they aren't grossly outnumbered ...

 

In a way, The World's End is pretty much a crossover of dystopian science fiction movies like Invasion of the Body Snatchers and The Stepford Wives, and stoner comedies à la The Hangover - and the result is good fun for sure. Now sure, the film isn't as trailblazing and instant cult as Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright's earlier Shaun of the Dead, but it's pretty much as entertaining, thanks to Simon Pegg at his best in the lead, supported by a very strong ensemble, to a script that remains perfectly light-footed throughout and is pretty great at twisting and turning to remain fresh even if the story is somewhat formulaic, and thanks to a directorial effort that has an eye for the absurd and a predilection for surprises.

Good fun, really!

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