MOVIE REVIEW: Hello and welcome to approximately the 30th film to be released in 2013 where the world as we know it is just about over.
WATCH THIS IS THE END ONLINE FREE DOWNLOAD FULL MOVIE Your hosts for this particular apocalypse-now are a bunch of Hollywood celebrities playing alt-versions of themselves.
If you haven't guessed already, This is the End is a comedy. A moderately clever one, actually.
The gimmick of witnessing the obliteration of mankind while partying down at the mansion of James Franco does carry a truckload of novelty value.
However, it was never going to be enough to sustain an entire film.
WATCH THIS IS THE END ONLINE FREE DOWNLOAD FULL MOVIE Long-time writing partners (and on this occasion, first-time directors) Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are smart enough to never let This is the End merely rest on the laurels of its berserk stunt casting.
(How berserk? Try Harry Potter's Emma Watson running amok with an axe. Or how about Superbad super-nerd Michael Cera annoyingly blowing cocaine in the face of anyone and everyone?)
WATCH THIS IS THE END ONLINE FREE DOWNLOAD FULL MOVIE Once that This is the End has summarily executed 90 per cent of its ensemble by the half-hour mark - even the unstoppable Rihanna can't cheat the reaper - the movie takes a turn for the better.
The final two acts leave us cooped up in the confines of Franco's post-modern man-cave with a handful of surly survivors.
Among these last men standing you will find Rogen, his real-life best buddy Jay Baruchel (She's Out of My League), Jonah Hill (Moneyball), Danny McBride (Your Highness) and Craig Robinson (the US version of TV's The Office).
WATCH THIS IS THE END ONLINE FREE DOWNLOAD FULL MOVIE What follows is a solid hour of semi-improvised sledging, accompanied by much ingestion of illicit substances and, I kid you not, the filming of a four-minute sequel to Pineapple Express.
As far as stoner comedies go, This is the End does hit the same number of flat spots experienced by the worst and best of the genre.
What saves the movie from an irreversible slide into self-indulgence is the sincerely biblical nature of the impending Armageddon happening just beyond Franco's front door.
WATCH THIS IS THE END ONLINE FREE DOWNLOAD FULL MOVIE On the select occasions anyone does venture outside, the special-effects work that greets them is at once horrifying and hilarious.
THIS IS THE END [MA]
Directors: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg
Starring: Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride
"The last weed and the last word"