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End of Days

End of Days

Peter Hyams (1999)

127min
18 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This millennium's-end action movie is a calculated but fairly enjoyable attempt to give Arnold Schwarzenegger a less indestructible, more human side, and cash in on the revitalised horror genre. While Arnie's amateurish emoting never rings true in the role of a run-down, suicidal, alcoholic ex-cop, the "Devil searching for his bride" story provides some decent popcorn entertainment. Gabriel Byrne, meanwhile, rises above the clumsily structured and wholly derivative script to give an attention-grabbing performance as a very laid-back Prince of Darkness. (The scene in which he seductively bribes Arnold with the chance of a new start is a cracker.) It should have been sharper and scarier, but the final half-hour excitingly delivers the demonic goods.

Summary

A world-weary former police officer encounters the Devil himself on New Year's Eve 1999, and is spurred into action to stop the Prince of Darkness exploiting an innocent woman to bring about Armageddon. Supernatural thriller, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gabriel Byrne, Robin Tunney, Rod Steiger, Kevin Pollak, CCH Pounder and Miriam Margolyes.

Cast & Crew

Jericho Cane Arnold Schwarzenegger
The Man Gabriel Byrne
Chicago Kevin Pollak
Christine York Robin Tunney
Detective Marge Francis C C H Pounder
Father Kovak Rod Steiger
Thomas Aquinas Derrick O'Connor
Mabel Miriam Margolyes
Director Peter Hyams
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Buena Vista Guidance: Violence, swearing, a sex scene, nudity. Available on: Available on video and DVD Released on: 10 Dec 1999

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