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End of Days (1999): Action / Fantasy / Horror

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It is the end of the millennium, Satan has taken a human form while looking for the woman who will bear his child, and it is up to a suicidal ex-cop to prevent the end of days.

Arguably, one of the best, darkest… and underrated films Schwarzenegger has ever been in. Brilliant fast-paced and edited realistic action with a just over fifties, sentimental Arnie been purely tough as nails. Great shooting scenes, great fight scenes, and great chase scenes that make two hours fly by. But the awesomeness doesn’t stop here. The slow-paced sequences testing the heroes’ and antiheroes’ ‘faith’, and the drama of a young girl standing in the midst of chaos, who never chose to be special, make the End of Days an unforgettable choice to put a close to this year and decade. The film’s highlight: Arnold fighting the Satanists and the Devil in the alley.

Arnold, having undergone a heart surgery two years prior to the film, comes back performing extreme action sequences and nailing the self-destructive, rock bottom, action antihero, taking as much as he can give back. Gabriel Byrne is evil as hell – pun intended – and brutally tortures everyone crossing his path with utter style. As for Robin Tunney, she’s magnificent and I can still see why I fell for her in my early twenties. My last ‘congratulations’ goes to the director and director of photography Peter Hyams who pulled this off and brought Andrew W. Marlowe’s solid, very dark yet optimistic script to life.

Again, arguably, Schwarzenegger’s last prominent film.

Enjoy, and have a healthy, happy, productive and creative new year. Be well!!

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Published by akraefnis

I got hooked with the TV and Film production immediately after school. Working and studying it at the same time, I managed to go through various Production and Postproduction stages in the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation. After years of work, and after having finished my Bachelor in Communication I went to the U.K. to specialise in visual effects by doing my Masters Degree and by being certified in Video Editing by Apple. In 2011, I won the "Nostimon Imar" Award (Best Greek Director Abroad) for my short film "Ithaca" that I wrote, edited and directed. The following year, I donated my documentary "Asperger Syndrome: Myths & Reality" to the National Autistic Society in the U.K. I live and work in the U.K. as freelance Video Editor and Camera Operator in corporate videos, fashion shows, and documentaries. Furthermore, I am doing my PhD in Film at the University of Nottingham.

4 thoughts on “End of Days (1999): Action / Fantasy / Horror

  1. Yes! This film is insane and Jericho Kane is a fantastic character. I only watched it for the first time over the summer completely at random one night and it’s such an enjoyable film. Loved the review

    1. Looking back to these films, I can’t help but wonder, are some actors bored now? They don’t collaborate with the right people? Is it age? Regardless, I know that watching this film in a couple of years, I’m sure I’ll feel the same way as I feel now. Because this is how I’ve been feeling about it for the last 20 years.

      1. Yeah that’s a great point. I don’t know but honestly I’d love to see more films like this it’s so entertaining and just the right amount of absurdity and drama to make it work. Again really liked the review of this hidden little gem of a film

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