End of Days (Widescreen) (Bilingual)
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All hell breaks loose when Arnold Schwarzenegger battles the ultimate evil in this chilling supernatural action thriller. When a burned-out former New York City cop named Jericho (Schwarzenegger) is assigned to security detail for a mysterious and foreboding stranger (Gabriel Byrne), Jericho thwarts an incredible assassination attempt. During the ensuing investigation, he and his partner (Kevin Pollak) save the life of the beautiful and terrified Christine York (Robin Tunney), whose destiny involves death, the devil and the fate of mankind. Now it's up to Jericho to save the girl, the world and his own soul as he comes face to face with his most powerful enemy ever!
After a two-year hiatus that included recovery from heart surgery, Arnold Schwarzenegger returned to the big screen in November 1999 with End of Days, a Thanksgiving turkey if ever there was one. Overcooked and bloated with stuffing, this ludicrous thriller attached itself to the end-of-the-millennium furor that kicked in a year too early. A prologue begins in 1979 with panic in the Vatican when a comet signals the birth of a child who will, 20 years later, become the chosen bride of Satan, destined to conceive the devil's spawn between 11 p.m. and midnight on December 31, 1999. It's hard to decide who has the more thankless role--Robin Tunney as Satan's would-be bride, or Schwarzenegger as Jericho Cane, the burned-out alcoholic bodyguard assigned to protect the girl from Satan, billed as "The Man" and played with cheesy menace (and an inconsistent variety of metaphysical manifestations) by Gabriel Byrne.
With kitschy character names like Jericho and Chicago (Arnie's partner, played by Kevin Pollack) and lapses in logic that any 5-year-old could spot, End of Days is a loud, aggravating movie that would be entertaining if it were intended as comedy. But Schwarzenegger and director Peter Hyams approach the story as an earnest tale of redemption and tested faith, delivering a ridiculous climax full of special effects and devoid of dramatic impact. You're left instead to savor the verbal and physical sparring between Satan and Jericho, resulting in the most thorough pummeling Schwarzenegger's ever endured onscreen. Of course he eventually gets his payback, just in time for New Year's Eve. Perhaps he was touched by an angel. --Jeff Shannon
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The film can be very sick at points, and I wouldn't let any light-hearted people watch it. You see sick things like a snake getting cut open, a man being set on fire etc etc. The film does have some odd but very good special effects, you see Satan as he usually is at the end, but it may dissapoint you 'cause he isn't in it for long. The film can be a bit suspenseful at times and can keep you guessing. It isn't all scary, but it might give you a couple of jumps maybe.
I don't have anything else to say really, apart from: Arnie fans will love, see it if want any horror film. Oh, and the flashback scene with his wife and daughter is BRILLIANT!
The story finds us in 1979 and the Vatican/Pope is heralding the birth,somewhere in the world,of a baby that,when grownup,Satan will mate with and produce an offspring that will enable his reign over the Earth.Fast forward 20 years and the end of the millennium is approaching.Ahhnold and Pollack are two high profile security guards.Satan is roaming the Earth and chooses to inhabit Byrne's body.Out of coincidence Byrnes is a high profile banker who Ahhnold and Pollack's security firm is guarding.When Byrnes steps out of his car a shot rings out and Ahhnold takes the hit(with the help of his Kevlar vest).Byrnes is saved but Ahhnold and Pollock run down the shooter and capture him.Seems he is a renegade priest who knows of what Satan has in store and who Byrnes really is.Byrnes of course finds the priest and wastes him,carving a name in the priests chest.That clue leads Pollack and Ahhnold to Christine York,who is the now grown up baby of 20 years ago.The men save her from other renegade priests from the Vatican who want the girl dead.Later that night as Ahhnold is talking to Christine in her apartment,his pal Pollock gets wasted by Satan/Brynes outside.Ahhnold and Christine flee to a church where a father,played by Rod Steiger,welcomes them.Steiger tells them of the prophecy to come and Christine and Byrnes apparent roles.Ahhnold returns to his apartment where he confronts Satan.Read more ›
Performance wise, Arnold Schwarzenegger is at his best in films of this type where his strengths are displayed at their best to include the actions scenes and his myriad of one liners that continue to bring about a chuckle. The one true oddity of the film for him is that he takes a beating in this film like no other but hey, what can one expect when Hollywood's crowned king of action films is up against the devil himself. Gabrielle Byrne gives an impressive performance in this film, in a role that is just a few notches up of his normal roles.Read more ›
Flash-forward to, well, 1999! Here we meet the principal characters, Jericho Cane (Schwarzenegger), the adult Christine York (Tunney) and Satan (Byrne), who has taken the body of a prominent New York banker to move about the city. Shortly after taking over his new body, Satan causes a diner to blow up, just to show he's really a bad-ass. He then starts his mission trying to find Christine before his time runs out.
As he moves around New York looking for Christine, Satan blows up a few more things, kills some people (there must be movies in Hell, as Satan must have seen SILENCE OF THE LAMBS), and generally causes Jericho lot's of problems. The ending is a bit of a surprise, as this rarely happens (not going to say what) in a Schwarzeneggar movie. But it really was the only way this story could have ended, and maintained it's dignity. Anything else would have been a serious let-down.
Of course, there are a couple much overused cheap scream-getters, as well as another much overused plot twist.Read more ›
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This was a great movie. Gabriel Byrne as the devil was very interesting, and Schwarzenneger taking this role which was out of his usual realm of total action shows he is good at... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jennifer
Bought this at Giant Tiger for $4.99. Will check for more when back there again. Been waiting to get this at a fair price for a while.Published 23 months ago by billyboy
Happy to be able to replace my VSH tape for this blue-Ray and it is a good movie with lots of Action,and delivered was great and so was the product.ThanksPublished on Aug. 2 2013 by Marleeanna
Purchased this turn of millenium film to add to my collection.
Fantastic price and on HD-DVD (hard to find these anymore)
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