Seth Rogen, the raunchy actor responsible for blockbusters like Knocked Up and Pineapple Express, isn’t the first person I would envision creating a film about the Second-Coming of Christ. However, Rogen co-wrote, produced, and stars in the new film This Is the End, which follows Rogen and his Hollywood friends, as they endure the apocalypse and come to grips with why they have been denied access to heaven.
Based on a 2007 YouTube video created by Seth and his buddy/co-star Jay Baruchel entitled “Jay and Seth vs. The Apocalypse,” the movie centers around their crumbling friendship, in the midst of a global crisis. The genius behind This Is the End is the creative decision to have the actors play as exaggerated versions of themselves. Some of the performances border on the truth of their public personas (a pretentious James Franco) while other’s I pray are just for laughs (i.e. baby-faced, sweet-voiced Michael Cera coked out of his mind).
The beginning of the end starts with a housewarming party at James Franco’s decked out abode. With cameos from celebs like Kevin Hart, Azis Ansari, and Mindy Kaling, the first half hour of the film plays like an expose of young Hollywood and satisfies the question of what goes on at those parties.
After the majority of Franco’s guests either run away in terror or die, This Is the End, really takes off. After all, what’s an apocalyptic movie without cannibalism and a demon-possessed Jonah Hill? This Is the End is reminiscent of all of the movies these guys are known best for. (Think Hot Tub Time Machine, Super Bad, and The Sitter…) It’s grotesque; it’s hilarious, and, yes… heartwarming. This Is the End is ultimately a feel-good movie about [Seth Rogen's version of] redemption, and friendship. Besides, witnessing Rihanna fall down a gaping pit to hell and Emma Watson, yielding an ax while threatening to cut off male parts is pure entertainment!