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08 September 2013 @ 06:37 pm
Unanswered Questions in The World's End  
My friend and I who saw this together last night talked about it and had a few of questions for anyone else who saw this film.


1. What happened to the full-headed Blank version of Oliver? We see the half-headed one but there was a fully intact version of Oliver at the end of the film. What happened to that one? Or did that one somehow lose half his head again in the explosion?

2. And speaking of explosions, how did the Blanks in Newton Haven survive it? That looked like it annihilated everything in its path and since a mere punch can break a Blank's head, how did they live through a bomb?

3. I do wonder what the actors had to drink when shooting all the pub scenes. For Shaun of the Dead they drank non-alcoholic beers. But you have a do multiple takes in a movie so the actors would have had to do several drinks since half this film is about drinking. Even if you drink non-alcoholic beers or even sparkling apple juice that's still a lot of liquid to be inhaling. Wouldn't you get sick?

4. If the Blanks assimilate your knowledge along with your DNA, wouldn't the one who took over Oliver know he had his birthmark removed and replicate accordingly? Or does it not work like that?
 
 
 
aelfgyfu_meadaelfgyfu_mead on September 9th, 2013 01:59 am (UTC)
1. BH and I agree that we only saw one Blank Oliver, and he lost a good chunk of head.

2. Darned if I know how Blank Oliver survived it. Other Blanks may have come from the many other sites that had been taken over.

3. I'm not sure how much we really saw them drink--except Gary. Gary slammed down pints; the others were sipping at best and sometimes leaving a good deal when they left a pub. We saw a lot more glasses being slammed down than we actually saw full pints being drunk.

But actually, I did wonder a bit myself. Did they do a few drinking shots a day and then spend the rest of the day running around, spacing out the liquids?

4. When they replicated Oliver, they might know about the birthmark, but I think they can only replicate the DNA; they couldn't replicate scars, tattoos, or birthmark removals. (This assumes that birthmarks are purely from DNA, and even that shape, size, and location are coded in the DNA. I'm dubious. Then again, this is a movie with duplicates who appear to be empty except for blue fluid. I'm not sure the movie can handle this level of analysis. But it's fun to try.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on September 9th, 2013 02:13 am (UTC)
BH and I agree that we only saw one Blank Oliver, and he lost a good chunk of head.

I swear during the sequence in the basement of The World's End when the Network tried to convince Gary to assimilate, they had an Oliver that had his entire head. Was that an illusion?

Did they do a few drinking shots a day and then spend the rest of the day running around, spacing out the liquids?

There were maybe two or three shots where everyone had to down pints which I guess they could have shot in between other non-drinking shots so that actors could get a break from drinking. That still doesn't quite explain what they did for Gary but I guess that's what DVD commentaries are for.

I'm not sure the movie can handle this level of analysis. But it's fun to try.

This is what I spend my time doing with friends. We analyze movies like this rather than actually complicated ones. To us, Citizen Kane was a movie about a guy and a sled.
aelfgyfu_meadaelfgyfu_mead on September 9th, 2013 11:30 am (UTC)
I swear during the sequence in the basement of The World's End when the Network tried to convince Gary to assimilate, they had an Oliver that had his entire head. Was that an illusion?
I don't recall seeing that second Blank Oliver, but there could have been one; he might then have been destroyed in the explosion.