End of Days

  • 18
  • Peter Hyams (1999)
  • US
  • 127 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Supernatural action thriller starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Gabriel Byrne. New York City, 1999: the Devil must impregnate a woman as the time for the arrival of the Antichrist draws near. It falls to ex-cop Jericho Cane to protect Satan's chosen bride and prevent the Apocalypse.

Cast and crew

Cast

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

Crew

Director
Peter Hyams

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Buena Vista
Guidance: 
Violence, swearing, a sex scene and nudity.
Available on video and DVD
Released 10 Dec 1999
Certificate 18
Categories
Drama

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