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Schwarzenegger, Robyn Tunney, Gabriel Byrne,
Kevin Pollak, Rod Stieger.
nearly Christmas and you know what that means - yes
turkey! Not in the "on the table and served with
stuffing" sense either! We are talking turkey in the
"ooh so bad movie" sense! Arnie Schwarzenegger
has been off the big screen for 2 years - if this is his
best he can do in that time I think he should wait
another 2 years before trying again!
You may think I'm being a bit harsh on the old guy - but
this is a truly awful film. Stuck somewhere between the
"Action" and "Horror" genre, you feel
yourself desperately waiting for the end to come hoping
that it will get better, but alas it doesn't.
So what's the movie all about? Well it's your "End
Of Millennium - Devil is going to take over the world"
kind of storyline, with an investment banker played by
Gabriel Byrne being possessed by the Devil. Byrne needs
to mate with a woman who bares the mark of the Lucifer (Tunney)
during the last hour of the Millennium.
By the time the scruffy, suicidally depressed Arnold
Schwarzenegger is introduced (in a depression/hang-over
scene where he contemplates putting a bullet in his head),
it was all I could do to keep from begging that he go
through with it. Anything to not have to watch the rest
of this movie. No such luck - Arnie holsters the gun, and
before long he's hanging from a helicopter trying to
snatch a sniper off a rooftop. And so it goes on, and on,
and on. Filled with mindless gore and explosions - one
ridiculous action sequence after another - Arnie and
Byrne battle it out for the girl.
I couldn't help but feel the similarity between Byrne's
character and the one played by Al Pachino in "Devil's
Advocate", and the whole film seems to try and take
on an atmosphere not too unlike that in "Seven".
The only difference being that both "Devils Advocate"
and "Seven" were both quite good movies!
Easily one of the worst movies of 1999, "End of Days"
is truly awful!
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