The World's End - Anti-illuminati Tale
The World's End is the third in the Pegg/Frost Cornetto
trilogy, but at first glance it does not fit. Gone is the sharp observational
chat about English life, the bromance of Pegg and Frost, the comedy
echoes of Spaced, the innovative art direction of Edgar Wright, and
quite frankly the fun has all gone as well.
The characters are poorly compiled and unlikeable, the ensemble cast
fails to add anything through its presence, and the only stand out part
in the whole picture is that of Martin Freeman's Oliver. The feel of
the movie is oppressive from the outset, which may be intentional, and
does not make for comfortable viewing, let alone the laugh out loud
expectations given by its predecessor movies. It also doesn't seem to
know what kind of movie it wants to be, unlike the parody of daily life
in Shaun, and the love of American cop buddy movies in Fuzz, the End
is possibly the last film this trio will make together for crimes against
To say I was disappointed doesn't fit, but it's a feeling like discontent
mixed with a realisation of something. Something about this movie is
operating at a lower layer. It contains various archetypes and metaphors,
the story like two other movies this year enters into a prophetic reflection
of things to come, and I use that phrase intentionally. Oblivion and
Elysium are more related to this film than either Shaun of the Dead,
or Hot Fuzz. The World's End is a lesson for the viewer, it is poking
the all seeing eye with a very English "F off and leave us alone"
& “We want to do what we want to do, we want to get loaded and have
a good time”.
This film is clearly built upon the conspiracy theories of the New World
Order that are very prevalent in the world at the moment, and even features
a Conspiracy Theorist called Brian. It is a warning, and an education
to the viewers, and given this angle it gains a level of respect that
its predecessors do not have.
What we are seeing is not a new story, and it is not an original story.
It is the metaphorical story of an elite class taking over the world
using psychological warfare, compartmentalisation, and technology to
make normal humans a dying breed. In the general arc of the plot we
see a realisation that something is going on, the dawning that it is
nefarious in nature, the understanding that automatons have replaced
human beings, the will to escape this insidious scheme, and the realisation
that it cannot be done. The revelation that what is going on is intentional
on a world scale and the resistance to the imposition of control. Finally
we witness the human revolution and the final insult of the subjugation
of mankind through total destruction of the planet, which reduces us
to medieval men.
Metaphorically The World's End works very well and does exactly what
it says on the sign. It charts the destruction of mankind by a tribe
who think they know better, are better, are happier, and will make everyone
in their image to bring about a new renaissance and a New World Order.
It shows us humans to be lying cheating scum who wreck everything and
use selfishness and arrogance to impose their will on others for their
own ends. Then once it recognises this, it revels in it to bring about
their destruction. For the elite tribe is no different than Gary King's
tribe, it just has more power.
Was the Elite tribe an alien race? I would guess not, and it is not
needed outside of the sci-fi categorisation of the movie. The elite
act all pompous and knowing, but it the end exhibit the very human trait
of "oh F it then, I can't be bothered any more". I would say
that they are likely the super rich that play games in the real world
and who are trying to build life extension technology, and to bring
about the singularity (which in this story is centred on the fictional
town of Newton Haven). Interestingly the film is shot on location in
Welwyn Garden City, which itself was an attempt by elites to model the
There are some zombie overtones to the blanks/empties in the film which
should not be overlooked, for the metaphor that wasn't fully realised
in Shaun of the Dead is realised here. People are seen to be transformed
into different beings by the Elite, they are said to be happier, but
are no longer themselves, and are rather echoes of that which they used
to be. They attack on command and attempt to add new people to their
The fact that they are robots is not exactly correct as is explained
in the movie, the word robot originally meant slave (I think it’s given
as robota from the Czech language) and this is more meaningful to the
overall metaphor of humans becoming slaves to the NWO.
Like in real life, the blanks/empties are easily defeated with the knowledge
of the truth, however also like in real life the slaves keep playing
their games of pretence and so are not defeated for long, and come back
with the same diatribe and fear of standing out from the collective.
Unlike zombies however, there is hope for the blanks/empties as there
is for all of us, once the manipulative power has gone, they come back
to the human race, never quite the same, but no longer slaves to a master
There is also one other side issue brought up in the movie when thinking
about the blanks/empties, and this is the idea of the human body being
ground up and mulched to be used as compost for plants to grow. This
is an idea that is present in liberal thinking of the world today and
further serves to imprison the human spirit, and downgrade existence
from a spiritual adventure to simply a drain on planetary resources
and a responsibility to give back to mother earth.
In summary then, this movie is serious attempt by the makers at waking
people up to the plans of the world’s elite, it features all of the
iconography that one would expect including: Egyptian artefacts, satanic
signs, numerology, musical references, dead returning to life, and a
collective called “Network”. It is not really a comedy, although billed
as one, and I think this is to simply hide its true intentions. In the
end, this movie does indeed know what kind of picture it is, however
the viewer has to learn that it is not as advertised, and this may be
its power in the long run.
Paul the spiritual successor to Fuzz?