End of Days (1999)
End of Days (1999)
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Displaying precisely the imagination that gave the world such epic achievements as The Star Chamber and The Relic, Hyams dusts off America's designated import and goes with Arnie Schwarzenegger his own self.
Many sins have been committed in the name of religion; End of Days ranks as the latest.
This is of interest only to the hard core of Schwarzenegger's army.
Days is a movie full of punches but no spark.
The movie is as bloodless as a cyborg, and it feels as if it has been assembled according to diagrams supplied by someone who studied every successful sci-fi action thriller and then multiplied the findings by 10.
It's too lurid, exploitative and, on some level, just plain silly.
Audience Reviews for End of Days
Arnold Schwarzenegger is by far the coolest action hero of the past thirty years, because he doesn't care that he has a language barrier, that his career is oftentimes trivialized by some of his choices, and he always takes on foes that are bigger than life. Who is a bigger than life enemy than Satan himself? That premise alone puts the butts into seats. What is expected to be a film that pits every power the devil possesses versus that of the human vaguely feels like a man fighting demonic possession. The devil, played by Gabriel Byrne, may have all the hellfire and passion of an impresario, but he is not the menacing overlord of evil that one would hope. Though he is downgraded to an immovable immortal, we still have the plight of foretold victim Christine (Tunney) and former police officer Jericho (Schwarzenegger). Besides their obviously chosen names, these two are pitted against the devil, who has to consummate with Christine before midnight, or else he will not have spawned an heir, and he cannot take over the world. The devil oftentimes possesses people, brings back the dead to the land of the living, walks through fire, and can morph into a scary entity, which does amp up the action. What makes this film so eye rolling seems to be the decisions behind the back-story, because it was 1999 and they needed to make a film about the end of days lickety split. Instead of permeating this action film with true Christian values, or even scripture, there are many instances of mimicking theology for more dramatic effect. Jericho is put into the film as a Christ like figure, though he has lost his faith to an inauspicious degree, after his family is killed. Christine in comparison is always the creepy hostage who seems seduced by the devil's power. There is always something interesting about a martyr saving the world, but with all the off-putting aspects of this, it still feels a bit stilted and incomprehensible at times.
Somehow this ends up being a pretty interesting story and one of Arnold's better performances, he plays a smart ass cop pretty well. Sure, it has nothing on The Exorcist or The Omen, but it's about as good as you could expect an action horror movie to be. There are some really nice sequences and at the end of the day it's just fun, like most of Arnold's movies.
End of Days Quotes
|The Man:||Let me tell you something about Him. He is the biggest underachiever of all time. He just has a good publicist, that's all.|
|The Man:||How do you expect to defeat me when you are but a man, and I am forever?|
|Father Kovak:||We can't prevent evil by doing evil.|
|Chicago:||You'd be amazed what you'll agree to when you're on fire.|
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