Review film English The World s End by Edgar Wright 2013
The World s End is a 2013 science fiction comedy film English directed by Edgar Wright, written by Wright and Simon Pegg, and starring Pegg, Nick Frost, Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman, Eddie Marsan and Rosamund Pike. The film follows five friends who discover, during an epic pub crawl, that there is an alien invasion in their hometown.
Gary King is a forty-year-old alcoholic, who still retains the mindset and immaturity
of his teenage years, whereas his four childhood friends, Peter Paige, Oliver Chamberlin,
Steven Prince, and Andy Knightly, have all matured; each of the four has become estranged from him.
One day, Gary, in an attempt to recapture the days of his youth, tracks down his friends
to complete the “Golden Mile”, a pub crawl encompassing the 12 pubs of their hometown
of Newton Haven, the last of them being the World’s End.
The group attempted the crawl as teenagers, but failed to reach the final three pubs.
Andy, now a teetotaller due to a drunk-driving accident in which he and Gary were involved years ago, agrees to join them despite being uncomfortable with the idea.
The crawl begins, and in the second pub, the group is joined by Oliver’s sister Sam, whose affections Gary and Steven fought over in school.
Throughout the beginning of the crawl, the town residents appear eerily stoic and none seems to recognise the group. In the toilets of the fourth pub, Gary picks a fight with a teenager and knocks his head off, exposing him as an android.
Gary’s friends join him and fight the remaining members of the teenager’s gang, all revealed to be androids themselves. The group realises that the entire town’s population has been replaced with androids, which the group later refers to as “blanks”.
In shock, Andy abandons his teetotal lifestyle.
Despite this realisation, Gary urges the others to continue the pub crawl so as not to arouse suspicion.
As they continue they discover that aliens intend to build a prosperous, galactic conglomerate, with humanity beside them; any humans refusing to join this are to be replaced with blank versions of the original human hosts.
Oliver is revealed to have been replaced, and Peter is captured. Despite this, Gary is still determined to finish the pub crawl, for he believes it is all he has left.
Andy is forced to abandon Steven when the blanks attack, and chases after Gary to the final pub.
At the World’s End, Andy confronts Gary and the two fight.
In the midst of the scuffle, Andy reveals his marriage is in trouble; Gary’s sleeves are torn off, revealing bandages applied after a recent suicide attempt.
Andy tries to stop Gary from drawing his final pint, but Gary states he clings to his goal of completing the Mile due to his sense that he has not achieved, and cannot achieve, anything else in life.