Dir. Edgar Wright. U.K. 2013.

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This was shown as part of Edgar Wright’s Cornetto Trilogy. The first two parts were Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. Due to a Cornetto induced brain freeze I missed the screening of Shaun of the Dead and just managed to see most of Hot Fuzz before The World’s End graced Screen 13 of the Plymouth Vue cinema.

I’d already seen the first two films on TV (the shame), but it was great to see Hot Fuzz on the big screen in all its frantic glory. Much like the Midsomer Murders TV series, it shows that beneath the charm and beauty of the traditional English town or village there is a seething hotbed of Evil.

The World’s End re-visits Newton Haven, where five school friends planned to carry out an epic pub crawl on 22 June 1990. They never completed it, and Gary King (Simon Pegg) decides it is time the old gang got together to drink their way to the appropriately named The World’s End pub. As in Hot Fuzz, things are not what they appear to be.

Whilst Gary is still trying to keep alive his rebellious youth, his friends Andy (Nick Frost), Steven (Paddy Considine), Oliver (Martin Freeman) and Peter (Eddie Marsan) have settled down to relatively normal and uneventful lives.  As they follow the 'golden mile' pub crawl they all come across as disillusioned with how their lives have turned out. Everything has come predictable and controlled by anonymous organisations, even the pubs they visit look the same. They soon discover that the population of the town has literally been taken over by alien robots. I must confess that I’m a sucker for killer robot movies, and this one doesn’t disappoint.

It is a parody of Hollywood Armageddon flicks and references, or is at least related, to the likes of The Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Dirty Dozen, The Magnificent Seven and the Terminator series.

Simon Pegg is brilliantly manic in his portrayal of Gary, and like the previous films in the Cornetto Trinity it shows a group of friends battling to come to terms with their own humanity and the world around them.

Nigel Watson
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