Starring: Simon Pegg (Star Trek: Into Darkness), Eddie Marsan (TV’s ‘Ray Donovan’), Nick Frost (Ice Age: Continental Drift), Martin Freeman (The Hobbit), Paddy Considine (The Bourne Ultimatum), Rosamund Pike (Jack Reacher), Pierce Brosnan (I Don’t Know How She Does It)
The movie starts off with introducing the five stars as teenagers and how they are going on a trek to cover 12 bars in the Golden Mile but they fall short, ending after 9.
Flash to present day and Greg (Pegg) is in the middle of a group therapy session talking about how the first attempt at the Golden Mile was the best day of his life. He then realizes that he regrets never making it to the end.
Greg goes on a journey to bring his four friends: Peter (Marsan), Steven (Considine), Andy (Frost), and Oliver (Freeman) all together and try and finish what they started when they were teenagers. Of course, that proves difficult because his four friends all have careers and lives of their own and are reluctant to go, but somehow he does.
After they get to the fourth bar, they start to realize that things are strange. They see that the people of their hometown are not people but robots with blue ink in them. But that doesn’t stop Greg, he is determined to finish the mile no matter what.
Things start to get out of hand around the 8th bar, when the blanks (as they are called by the group) start catching on to them and try and change them. They are successful with getting Oliver and they use him as a way to convince the other four.
Not wanting to change into them, Steven, Andy, and Peter try to get Greg to leave their hometown, but he’s too determined to finish the mile and it creates havoc in the town as they blanks try to get them and Steven, Andy, and Peter fight with Greg to leave.
This is the third movie that the stars have done together, after Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, and just might be the best one.
The movie holds all the things that we love about the previous two movies but kick it up a notch. It’s got all the things that a good movie needs: comedy, action, drama, and a wee bit of romance.
Simon Pegg leads the charge in the movie and is at his finest as the arrogant Greg. He has the right amount of sarcasm and selfishness, but still shows that he is a tragic character underneath it all.
The whole cast compliments one another and it’s obvious that there was probably a lot of moments of improve, which make for even better comedy. Each character had their own set of problems and insecurities that surfaced as the journey continued. It shows that in the face of panic, people’s true colors come out.
There really isn’t any negative to the movie, except that the beginning was a bit slow to develop the story. It has some funny moments, but they are subtle and few and far in between. Once the action though, it really picks up its speed and you don’t even realize how much time is passing.
Overall the movie is a perfect movie for those who like a movie with a lot of sarcasm, some pretty cool fighting sequences, and just an all-around entertaining movie. It’s not the best movie ever made but it certainly is a good movie to see and of course it’s got those few quotes that you will be using in your everyday life.