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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 29 April 2014
I really wanted to like this film but for greatest part of it I simply couldn't, as, even if it had potential, it was mostly wasted. If amazon allowed it, my rating for it would be 2,5 stars, somewhere between "It is barely OK" and "I mostly didn't like it". Below, more of my impressions, with some limited SPOILERS.

As probably everybody knows, this film is about Satan. Now, when they are well done, films which involve the Prince of Lies or one of his manifestations can be really great, like "Omen", "The exorcist", "Rosemary's baby", The ninth gate", "True Romance", "The devil and Daniel Webster" and "The night of the demon" or at least honest, like "The devil's avocate", "The imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" and "Devil" (the one from 2010).

However, when including such a powerful player in the game, there is always the risk that things will go into an uncontrollable spin and land into ridiculous, embarassing, too weird or simply absurd ("Constantine", which was an abomination, is possibly the best example). In this film too, sadly, all those four elements are frequently present.

This is a pity, because "End of Days" had potential and in fact its beginning is not bad, even if it borrows heavily from both "Omen" and "Rosemary's baby". Schwarzenegger's character, Jericho Cane (great name by the way) a former police officer devastated by loss to the point of declaring that he lost his faith (when in the same time believing strongly enough to claim being angry at God), is actually pretty interesting one, at least in the beginning of the film. His sidekick, Chicago (Kevin Pollack) is also well done. There are also some good one liners, I must give that much to this film.

That being said, the negative elements are much more numerous and they couldn't be avoided, being simply build into scenario's DNA. Schwarzenegger is an action hero - and you simply can't fight Satan with a Glock handgun or a Heckler und Koch MP5 submachine gun (even if you add a 40 mm M203 mm grenade lancher). Also Satan is shown here as a total contradiction in terms - one second he is all powerful, the other one he is powerless and needs sidekicks to help him. The whole thing about some renegade clergymen running with knives after people and engaging in some black magic is ridiculous and the sexual aspect of the whole story is also really embarassing (poor, poor Robin Tunney, what was she thinking when she accepted her role?). Let's not even talk about the role of CCH Pounder, a greatly talented and charismatic actress, who probably needed a shot of vodka before turning her scenes, to force herself to play her part...

There was some potential in the dialogs between Satan (Gabriel Byrne) and Jericho Cane and some of their exchanges are indeed honest. The whole idea of how the all-powerful fallen angel can finally be bested by a mere mortal was also not half-bad. However, all the rest of Gabriel Byrne's screen time as Satan was wasted in quite ridiculous scenes.

For all those reasons, as I already said, I rate this film 2,5 stars. Great fan of "Ahrnold" even in his lesser movies I don't regret that I bought and watched this film, but I will not keep it. Only for Schwarzenegger's greatest fans - all other people, well, watch it at your own risk.
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on 13 March 2014
In 1979, an innocent newborn girl is secretly patronised by Satanists. Twenty years later, she has developed into a young woman, who is haunted by dreams about one strange man.

Meanwhile, private security guard Jericho takes down an old and homeless priest, who tried to shoot Jericho's customer, a successful Wall Street Banker.

What Jericho does not know is that Satan himself roams the Streets of New York in order to mate with the chosen girl.

If he fails to do so in the last hour before the next millennium, his only chance to get out of his eternal prison is gone and he has to wait another thousand years.

Now it is up to atheist Jericho to find the girl before Satan does and protect her from harm. But Jericho does not have a clue who he's up against...

Now for a comeback movie, Arnold versus Satan is a very interesting proposition, but unlike his other movies, this is a very dark movie, and his Jericho is a haunted character from the word go.

So if you are looking for the one liner spouting Arnold from True Lies and T2, you maybe a little disappointed.

The stands on his own merits, despite the fact that it's 'an Arnie movie'. The story is good and carries the narrative well, and Byrne is fantastically straight as the man himself. He could have gone all out over the top, but keeps it thankfully straight.

Arnold is Arnold, just a little more depressed, and the film has a very glum feel to it, despite it being set in NY in probably the most important date event in our lifetime.

And this is the films problem, the film was outdated more or less as soon as it was released, but it does a great job of playing on our 'pre millennial tensions' throughout.

A good movie, one of those films that is fun to watch every now and again.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 28 November 2010
End Of Days is directed by Peter Hyams and written by Andrew W. Marlowe. It stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gabriel Byrne, Robin Tunney, Kevin Pollak, Rod Steiger, Udo Kier & CCH Pounder.

It's the end of the Millennium and as 1999 draws to a close Satan (in human form played by Gabriel Byrne) is in town and looking for his bride. That bride is Christine York (Tunney), who 20 years earlier on her birthday had been chosen by Satanists to be the one for the spawning of the anti-Christ. Enter retired cop Jericho Cane (Schwarzenegger), a suicidal security expert whose family were murdered, who after being hired to protect an every day business man finds himself in a battle with evil itself. It's not just the fate of poor Christine that's now in his hands, but that of mankind too.

Arnold versus The Devil, you couldn't make it up could you? Well actually "they" did, but hey, what's wrong with pitting modern cinemas action super star against man's ultimate enemy? The answer is nothing wrong with it at all; as long as the expectation level is set at brain left at the door for some mindless popcorn fun. Which when one sees the premise on offer is all one can surely expect to see. Surely? Budgeted at $100 million by Universal Studios, of which $25 million went on the Austrian Oak's salary, End Of Days, contrary to beliefs, made over double that when all sales were factored in. However, it was still a poor return for such a big block-buster and Universal were most disappointed in the returns. As was Schwarzenegger himself, who was hoping to launch a big movie come back after a run of sub standard movies had seen his stock fall. Throw in the Razzie nominations for Schwarzenegger, Byrne (who was also up for Stigmata) and Hyams, and it doesn't make particularly inspiring reading.

It's all very ridiculous, the film not the statistics, but End Of Days is a whole bunch of explosive, bonkers, action based fun. Its flaws are many, not least that the plot is actually an adventurous reworking of T2: Judgement Day (Arnie playing it on safe territory one feels). While giving the big man some character depth was never going to be a good move considering his-ahem-range. Yet the film finds him on particularly good muscular form, machine gunning, shooting rockets and facing off against Byrne's (having a great time and playing it as it should be played) snarly, sarcastic Old Nick adversary. Tunney (wolf whistle that body) bats the eyes and screams as befitting the role, Pollak deserves better but runs with it in his usual dry dulcet way, while the wonderful Miriam Margolyes gets to kick Arnie's butt! Yes it's that kind of movie folks.

With dashes of grue and explosions aplenty it was never about trying to win awards. If ever a film does exactly what it says on the tin then this is it. Arnie Vs Satan, it is what it is, relax and enjoy. 7/10
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on 4 October 2014
This being an Arnie film, one liners are relatively commonplace, but the nature of the film doesn't allow for as much oppurtunities as say, Commando, and rightfully so.
Whilst there isn't an overt amount of action, there is quite a bit of time spent on the plot - the prophecy, pre-Millenium Y2K panic, apocalyptic paranoia, religion it all basically repeats itself and says the same thing : 'If Satan has sex with a specifically chosen woman, it'll be the end of the world' ...that's the plot in a nutshell.
Arnie (in possibly a bit of an unusual role form him) plays a burnt out gun for hire, who has lost everything and is very much tired of life) who's paths unwittingly crosses paths with Satan himself and a Catholic conspiracy.
The special effects hasn't aged too well however (Satan's true form looks like a clay hurricane) and there are a few cliche's (train stopping inches away from crushing lead actors for example) but if you can overlook that kind of film critic snobbery you can enjoy a very entertaining film.
Gabriel Byrne is sleazily smooth and superb as the Devil himself and fellow Usual Suspects co-star Kevin Pollack provides a great supporting cast to Arnie as does Robin Thunney.
The soundtrack is typical late 90's hard rock / metal / industrial rock featuring you're typical Nu Metal bands such as Korn, Limp Bizkit but also a rare, post 'Spaghetti Incident' Guns N Roses track!!
I would give this a 3, as the plot is a bit thin and is basically a closet action film, but because of Arnie and how unexpectedly enjoyable it is, it's a 4. Gotta have faith...
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on 25 June 2000
End of Days can only be desribed as one hell of a movie. Its not the usual Arnie film which means that it is for people that just dont like him. This film is more of a seven film to me than just an ordinery horror film. The dvd has some ok features such as the behind the look at the visual effects which is great for people who like seeing how films are done. Sadly there was no deleted scenes but but some soundtrack videos. A must buy if u like this sort of film and u dont have to like Arnie as he is not like himself.
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on 6 July 2000
Very good action movie, with an added sense of overwhelming despair - how can ex-cop Arnie defeat the Prince of Darkness himself?

Excellent special effects, the technical details of which are thoroughly documented amongst the extra materials on this DVD.

Gabriel Byrne was suitably demonic and the damsel in distress was clearly saveworthy. Some attempts are made to give Arnie's character some depth, but Arnie's acting ability is severly strained by a pretty cliched screenplay in those respects. A "Death Wish"-style family trauma is supposed to have left him a broken man with a lost faith. Hmmm. It didn't really work for me in pulling the heartstrings. Nor, I'm afraid, did his final redemption - his sudden resurgence of faith (sorry, I laughed) rewarded with a momentary vision that was just risible - especially when compared to the much more affecting treatment of almost exactly the same material by Russell Crowe in Ridley Scott's "Gladiator".

......Mostly excellent, but flawed in it's attempt at deeper characterisation.
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on 22 June 2000
Even though Arnie's acting is wooden to extremes, Gabriel Byrne is top notch in this action packed movie. Don't worry about the silly storyline, or cheesy sentimentality in bits. Sit back, turn up loud, and enjoy.
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on 27 October 2013
May prove too dark to make the list of Schwarzenegger's biggest hits. But the movie suggests the actor still has a lot to offer -- and he's willing to take some chances, too. Welcome back, Arnold. More watchable than some critics would have you think.If you liked The Exorcist, The Omen, and Rosemary's Baby , don't miss this one. Anyone who likes action will be gripped by End of Days.This was Schwarzenegger's first outing since heart surgery. He actually does some acting. No one, least of all himself, is asking for an easy ride. He doesn't get it.Even though "End of Days" is not a typical Arnold Schwarzenegger action movie, fans will not be disappointed. There are plenty of opportunities to see Arnold blow the Devil away, big time. And, if you like movies with a philosophical turn, you will enjoy this film. It is a haunting, creepy, scary, dark, and thought-provoking supernatural thriller, as well as an action flick.
The soundtrack was excellent, in many cases creating a mood of foreboding. (An example is the weird choir music.) Silence was used to good effect as well. (The silence that occurred in the church just after the action scene was all the more effective because of the noise that had preceded it.The palette of the film consisted of muted and warm amber and ochre tones, and there was a lot of shadow used. This was combined with a wardrobe shade of black, grey, and brown to give the film an overall foreboding atmosphere."End of Days" is a thought-provoking film. If you liked it, you will enjoy "Devil's Advocate", "Prophecy", "Warlock", and "Warlock: The Armageddon".
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on 5 September 2010
Well thankyou "indigo starfish" for finally delivering this product. It only took over a month.
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