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The World’s End

Year: 2013
Studio: Universal
Director: Edgar Wright
Writer: Edgar Wright/Simon Pegg
Cast: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine, Eddie marsan, Roasmund Pike, Pierce Brosnan, Rafe Spall

If there's a theme or message here, it's that we humans - for all our flaws - are good enough to love. And despite it being every bit an English movie, the creative brains trust of Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have been bought up on a diet of Cinema Americana, so the message is the same one of 'be yourself and don't conform' trotted out by a million Hollycopies.

Middle aged loser Gary (Pegg) feels stuck in time because he and his young friends never finished an epic pub crawl around their small town English home 20 years before. Unable to admit the reason why even to himself, he rounds up the gang – all of them now respectable adults – to finish what they started.

Things seem strange around town, even amid the pleasure of seeing the former girl of Gary's dreams, Sam (Pike). But it's when the boys get into a restroom fight with some local hoods they learn the horrible truth. The townspeople are being replaced by robots courtesy of an alien race who want to repopulate the Earth with better, perfect version of human beings.

It's up to the gang to save the day, the girl, the world, etc, and the film delivers the message at it's heart during the final argument between the alien overlords and the completely pissed Gary and Andy (Frost).

It's more about the laughs than the plot, which is a cheap rehash of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and despite some good gags the whole thing is pretty flabby. But none of it prepares you for the final scenes about the fate of mankind after the aliens leave, which feels completely tacked on.

This is definitely the creative sensibility that bought us Shaun of the Dead, albeit with too much money.

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