End Of Days
At the end of the century, Satan visits New York in search of a bride. It's up to an ex-cop who now runs an elite security outfit to stop him.
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Rotten: End of Days keeps asking whether faith or force will save the human race, before hedging its bets and insisting on both. Neither will be enough to save relics like Hyams and Schwarzenegger from their long, affluent drift into irrelevance.
- Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, Saturday, January 1, 2000
Rotten: Days is a movie full of punches but no spark.
- Bob Longino, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Saturday, January 1, 2000
Rotten: The movie pits Arnold Schwarzenegger against the devil (Gabriel Byrne), with director Peter Hyams delivering tense moments of action amid not-so-subtle choices for character development.
- Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine), Thursday, June 24, 2010
Arnold Schwarzenegger is by far the coolest action hero of the past thirty years, because he doesn't care that he has a language barrier, that his career is oftentimes trivialized by some of his choices, and he always takes on foes that are bigger than life. Who is a bigger than life enemy than Satan himself? That premise alone puts the butts into seats. What is expected to be a film that pits every power the devil possesses versus that of the human vaguely feels like a man fighting demonic possession. The devil, played by Gabriel Byrne, may have all the hellfire and passion of an impresario, but he is not the menacing overlord of evil that one would hope. Though he is downgraded to an immovable immortal, we still have the plight of foretold victim Christine (Tunney) and former police officer Jericho (Schwarzenegger). Besides their obviously chosen names, these two are pitted against the devil, who has to consummate with Christine before midnight, or else he will not have spawned an heir, and he cannot take over the world. The devil oftentimes possesses people, brings back the dead to the land of the living, walks through fire, and can morph into a scary entity, which does amp up the action. What makes this film so eye rolling seems to be the decisions behind the back-story, because it was 1999 and they needed to make a film about the end of days lickety split. Instead of permeating this action film with true Christian values, or even scripture, there are many instances of mimicking theology for more dramatic effect. Jericho is put into the film as a Christ like figure, though he has lost his faith to an inauspicious degree, after his family is killed. Christine in comparison is always the creepy hostage who seems seduced by the devil's power. There is always something interesting about a martyr saving the world, but with all the off-putting aspects of this, it still feels a bit stilted and incomprehensible at times.
- FrizzDrop, Tuesday, July 23, 2013