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End of Days

Arnold Schwarzenegger , Gabriel Byrne , Peter Hyams    R (Restricted)   VHS Tape
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (268 customer reviews)

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Not for the light-hearted. June 9 2004
Format:DVD
Typical Arnie fans will probably love this. He lays his same sort of character, but he seems a bit more edgy in this film and he's lost his sense-of-humour, like he usually has in his other films. But this isn't a bad film. It's all about Satan himself coming to New York, seeking a paticular woman who he wants her to be the mothyer anerchist. Arnie plays an ex-cop, he has lost his wife and daughter and is ready to kill himself. But he soon gets stuck when he has to protect the girl. Let's get one thing straight, this isn't a film were you see a big red monster (Satan) walking around the streets of New York. Satan takes a normal guy's (Gabriel Burn) body and uses that body to walk around.
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!
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4.0 out of 5 stars End of Days - A fairly decent film! March 28 2004
Format:DVD
Until recently I was unaware that this particular film was billed as Arnold Schwarzenegger's comeback film in 1999 after having heart surgery the year prior. As a comeback film I would have to say that this particular film wasn't a completely triumphant one for everybody's favorite super action film star. I remember walking out of the theater when this one was released thinking that Arnold really should've given this one further thought before taking the role and until only quite recently made the decision to purchase the DVD. As I find myself doing often, I felt that this film deserved a second look and in part, I'm glad I did. I wouldn't go so far as many others have in saying that this is a horrible, highly predictable film, but I would say that, upon watching it a second time, the film does have some good merits in showing Arnold's acting skills despite the poorly scripted plot. Ultimately, this is one of those fair to midland type films that most could take or leave although it does have some very interesting plot aspects insomuch as to the whole "End of Days" aspect and the play upon Catholicism and the anti-Christ.
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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Exceeded My Expectations... March 26 2004
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Format:DVD
END OF DAYS is a typical movie in the "Satan wants to rule the world" category of movies. There are a couple things that set it apart from the others, like the great special effects and Gabriel Byrne's portrayal of Satan. The story is a common one for this style of movie: Satan wants to rule the world, and he has a lot of followers who are more than willing to help him bring it about. The story starts out in 1979, when Satan's eventual bride (Tunney) is born in New York City. The Vatican sends out clergymen to find her and protect her from Satan, who needs to mate with her before midnight on December 31, 1999.
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.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The End of Reason Feb. 28 2004
Format:DVD
This was initially planned by the first screenwriter as a tongue-in-cheek Prize Fight: Arnold VS Satan, Arnie telling his opponent to go straight to Hell. He didn't exactly know how this hilarious format would develop but had a go on Arnold, who liked the idea. Unfortunately someone got involved taking it way too serious. It could have been great fun, but ended up being the most embarrasing of Schwarzenegger's movies, making Kindergarden Cop seem almost academic in comparison. It's also a very dark movie, even the forced one-liners contain no comic relief whatsoever, only raw cynicism.
A lot of wasted effort has gone into this one. Gabriel Byrne has the perfect face for the role of Satan, but acts as if he's bored to death, which is understandable. The screenwriter and the director haven't the faintest idea of what christian theology is about, although I'm sure a lot of illiterates brainwashed by Sunday school will think otherwise. In the New Testament the "End of Days" is of course God's design, not Satan's, he's actually trying to prevent it by tempting Christ to abandon his destiny. It's Hollywood, sure, but does that make it okay, that we are led to believe that theology is gum wraper?
The only good scene in the movie is three seconds long: Satan reveals his true majesty as a growing shadow on a wall, spreading his butterfly wings over a church altar. It's a very impressive sequence, quoting Fantasia, but when we get a good look at him it's pure Nintendo.
Schwarzenegger apparently enjoys acting as a Vicarius Christi in this ambitious piece of hokum and actually seems quite devoted to his character, but the pompous seriousness of the whole affair is really what makes it so unbearable.
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Published 12 months ago by Robert Badgley
5.0 out of 5 stars End Of Days
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.Thanks
Published 14 months ago by Marleeanna
5.0 out of 5 stars NOT the end of HD-DVD (quite yet)
Purchased this turn of millenium film to add to my collection.
Fantastic price and on HD-DVD (hard to find these anymore)
Published on Oct. 13 2010 by Sci-fi Buff
2.0 out of 5 stars Satan getting beat up by a human? HOW is that possible?
Everyone knows about St. George and the Dragon. When I was a kid, I often liked to imagine myself having a swordfight with Satan, with the fate of the World hanging in the balance. Read more
Published on March 24 2006 by Lead Cenobite
2.0 out of 5 stars Satan gets blowed up real good
Comparing the Exorcist to this movie is like comparing Laurence Olivier's Hamlet to Godzilla versus Mechagodzilla. Read more
Published on July 19 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars sooooo much potential lost.
End of Days stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as Jericho Cane and Gabriel Byrne as satan and is an end of the world apocolyptic thriller. Well, that's what the cover infers anyway. Read more
Published on March 29 2004 by J. Botha
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