It probably says a lot about the cynicism of modern life that apocalyptic tales are so en vogue right now. The Walking Dead is a massive hit on AMC, and just in the past few months, we’ve seen two different interpretations of a post-human Earth in Oblivion and After Earth. The massive, massively troubled World War Z hits later this month, but first we’ve got two very different looks at the end of the world arriving this week: This Is the End in theaters and The Last of Us on the PlayStation 3.
This Is the End is definitely the lighter of the two forays into Armageddon. It’s a comedy the begins in a hip, celebrity-packed party at the house of James Franco’s (Rise of the Planet of the Apes). Unfortunately, the party takes a sour turn when some unspecified apocalypse breaks out, leaving the likes of Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson to try and figure out what the hell — or should that be Hell? — is going on and attempt to survive to see the next day. Already we’ve seen Michael Cera murdered in a brutal and amusing manner, and Emma Watson losing her shit as the world collapses around her. As with any comedy, it will all come down to execution, but so far the trailers have looked solid and it’s hard to go wrong with this many funny people filling out the cast.