Universal Pictures | Release Date: November 24, 1999
8.6
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ipswich14May 16, 2011
i like arnold,he should have stayed in acting. from what i read he bombed as governor. this movie is one of his weakest, hence the "7". half the high rating is because he literally throws himself on the sword. i'm catholic.
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Rox22Apr 2, 2013
Not really good. But not really bad either. Perhaps leaning on the side of decent. It was nice to see Schwarzenegger playing a character with a bit more depth (and not pregnant) for a change. Acting is decent. alround with Schwarzenegger &Not really good. But not really bad either. Perhaps leaning on the side of decent. It was nice to see Schwarzenegger playing a character with a bit more depth (and not pregnant) for a change. Acting is decent. alround with Schwarzenegger & Byrne doing a decent enough job with what they were given. The story on the other hand is nothing we haven't seen before and it has been done better. A rather poorly written script that really rushes the movie along too quickly with far too much exposition coming from the weirdest places.

Overall:

On okay movie that is worth a watch if you have nothing better to do.
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ILHMJan 31, 2013
The devil has returned to Earth to claim his bride and bring about the end of the world, and only one man has the power to stop him in END OF DAYS! END OF DAYS feels like a dumbed down version of ROSEMARY'S BABY or THE OMEN, an opportunisticThe devil has returned to Earth to claim his bride and bring about the end of the world, and only one man has the power to stop him in END OF DAYS! END OF DAYS feels like a dumbed down version of ROSEMARY'S BABY or THE OMEN, an opportunistic attempt to cash-in on the turn of the century paranoia that tries to mask its failing script behind big names and explosive special effects. Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a parody of his former self, having been given more of the worst one-liners of his entire career as he makes a fool of himself on-screen. It is ever-apparent that he is reading the role off of the page, making it impossible for the audience to invest in his character. Gabriel Byrne, on the other hand, gives an entertaining performance as the devil. He is cunning and manipulative, but playful at the same time, recalling Robert de Niro in ANGEL HEART. It is worth watching for his part, alone. Peter Hyams' over-budgeted action sequences turn what probably should have been an atmospheric thriller into a flashy light show with no character or mood to show for it. If anything, the title most accurately describes the shape of Arnold's career as we entered the 21st century. Expand
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ballpark_frankNov 24, 2012
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. In the rush to capitalize on the 'impending doom' of the year 2000 (and the public panic regarding Y2K), this 'end of the world as we know it' movie can only make us wish it had ended, so we wouldn't be subjected to periodic showings of this trash. Bottom line: Ahrnold's (sic) big arms take on the Devil himself...and wins? I don't consider that a spoiler, since this film has probably been rotting away on the shelf for years. If this is how the millennium goes down, one can only hope they have a new plot for Y3K. Compared to other Schwarzennegger flicks, the 'action' is mild, the 'humor' forced, and the plot (which normally doesn't need high standards when Arnold's the star) is almost as ludicrous as "Santa Claus vs. the Martians". There was only one scene that I actually enjoyed: when "Satan" (Byrne) compliments some roller-blading kid for wearing a nice shirt (emblazoned with words like: Satan Rulez or some such). The kid, unimpressed, flips him off and shouts some obscenity ("Up yours"? or something along those lines), and while distracted rolls in front of a truck or buss and is promptly flattened. Satan sees this, turns away, and in an off-handed manner repeats his "nice shirt" line. Otherwise, the remaining 2 hours is junk. One thing I really hated was the attempt to re-create the 'buddy spy' team of Schwarzenegger/(Tom) Arnold which worked so successfully in "True Lies". Needless to say, the attempt failed miserably. There isn't even the decent 'love interest' (ala: Jamie Lee Curtis, also from "True Lies"). To paraphrase William Shatner, from his latest 'Priceline' ad (with the cliff-hanging bus scene): "Save yourself...some pain" and stay away from this truly idiotic experience. Expand
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StevenSOct 19, 2006
There is much worse movies than this, I think this movie is decent, it might be a bit cheesy in places but it beats watching some cheesy crap like Deuce Bigalow or something... it doesn't really deserve all the crap it's dished up, There is much worse movies than this, I think this movie is decent, it might be a bit cheesy in places but it beats watching some cheesy crap like Deuce Bigalow or something... it doesn't really deserve all the crap it's dished up, Gabriel Byrne is good, he's a great actor. Expand
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FilipeNetoFeb 24, 2018
As we approach the turn of the millennium, the Devil seeks to fulfill the prophecies about the birth of the Antichrist, looking for a bride in New York. Directed by Peter Hyams, with a script by Andrew W. Marlowe, this film has ArnoldAs we approach the turn of the millennium, the Devil seeks to fulfill the prophecies about the birth of the Antichrist, looking for a bride in New York. Directed by Peter Hyams, with a script by Andrew W. Marlowe, this film has Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gabriel Byrne and Robin Tunney in the main roles.

One of the last films of the past millennium, it precisely addresses the end of it and the apocalyptic prophecies about that. It's a quite grim film, which puts the audience in suspense from the very beginning. The dark picture helps to amplify these feeling, with the most scenes taking place at night or on foggy or rainy days in New York, depicted like a real and decadent "sin city". The darkest character is undoubtedly the Devil, but the police fighting against him (played by Schwarzenegger) also has to face his own demons: alcohol, deep depression, lack of faith and lack of self-confidence, in a double combat, physical and psychological.

The film has great action scenes which strangely cohabit with several heavier scenes, almost terror. In fact, this is the major flaw of the film: it lives in a permanent dilemma between terror and action, thriller and suspense. We cannot say it's a horror movie or a thriller, or action. It's a mixture of all, which ends up easily displeasing the public looking for just one (particularly the terror lovers, as the film never gets to scare us truly). The climax is very interesting, makes good use of special visual and sound effects, manages to surprise and not be predictable, but some of the effects (the monster) are so "cliché" and far-fetched that destroy what was good.

The work of the actors is fairly good. This film marks the end of a comedy decade in Schwarzenegger's career, and he seems convincing in his role and doesn't make mistakes, giving another proof of versatility. He wanted, truly, show that it's not only a lot of muscles, and he succeeded. Robin Tunney looks a bit bland and hysterical in the role of Christine. Byrne made an interesting devil, very calm and cold, able to boot chills through the simple look. The soundtrack doesn't stand out particularly, with the exception of "Agnus Dei", it's main music, combining incidental chords with small arrangements of Gregorian chant.
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