End of Days (1999) is an American action thriller horror movie that was filmed in several locations in New York City and California, USA. Director Peter Hyams (2010 (1984), Timecop (1994), Outland (1981)) did an astonishing job bringing us this good movie that was directed amazingly well. I gave this movie a seven because there were a few goofs that could not be missed. A few of the goofs were: 1. Jericho continues to pull back the hammer on his pistol in several scenes although Glock handguns do not have external hammers to pull back. 2. The doors to the Saint John’s church open on completely different sides in different scenes. There is a stairwell behind the door turning to the left when you open the door and it leads to the basement but in another scene right before, the doors lead to a room on the right. This all occurred when Jericho followed the priest to the church. 3. Father Kovak writes down the numbers 666 on a sheet of paper to show how it is 999 when you turn the paper upside down, but the paper is completely different in the next scene. 4. Christine’s bedroom door - Jericho had knocked one of the door panels out when fighting with one of the Knights. The panel was replaced and back in the door during the scene where Jericho was talking to Christine about her past in her bedroom seconds after taking out the Knight. The panel was out of the door again in the next scene. There are a lot more goofs, but I will leave it up to you to see if you view the movie. The film contains sexual contents, nudity, extreme graphic violence, bad language, religion, suspense, twist, sitting on the edge of your seat moments and thrills.
A Vatican priest witnessed a comet over the moon in 1979, and he described it as the "Eye of God." The priest then said that it is the birth of a chosen person that will be the mother of Satan’s child. The Pope sent the priest to find the girl and protect her from Satan, but a corrupted cardinal told his Vatican Knights that the girl has to be killed to prevent Satan from getting to her. A baby girl named Christine is born in New York City while the search is going on, and the baby girl is identified as the one was chosen that will deliver Satan’s child. Satan’s child will be born in 1999 during the last hour on New Year’s Eve. The movie skips forward to twenty years later in 1999 showing Satan leaving hell to possess a banker in a restaurant.
Jericho Cane (Arnold Schwarzenegger - The Terminator (1984), Predator (1987), Total Recall (1990), Pumping Iron (1977)) is an ex-cop that is depressed and suicidal since a contract killer murdered his wife and child. Jericho now works with his co-worker Bobby Chicago (Kevin Pollak - Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show (2009), The Usual Suspects (1995), Casino (1995), Columbus Circle (2012)) for Striker, a private security. Jericho and Bobby are assigned to protect the banker that is possessed. Jericho and Bobby capture Priest Thomas Aquinas as he tries to kill the banker, and Thomas told them about the legend of Satan returning to Earth and about the girl. After a few events, Jericho and Bobby began investigating the legend by themselves. They slowly became believers as they saw a severed tongue in a jar, crucifix person on a ceiling, symbols, and messages written in blood on walls and other disturbing things. Jericho and Bobby found out that they have to find Christine York and sets out on another adventure. Watch the movie if you are thinking about what happens next.
The actors all did a fantastic job with their performances, and it could not have been better. I enjoyed the movie that entertained me, and I have watched it several times within the last 12 years. The sets were good, especially the church sets. I enjoyed the movie although there were a lot of goofs, but I learned to overlook it and enjoyed the movie for what it is. I might be bias in this review because I am an Arnold Schwarzenegger fan.
About End of Days (1999)
Starring: Udo Kier, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mark Margolis, Sven-Ole Thorsen, CCH Pounder, Steve Kramer, Gabriel Byrne, Robin Tunney, Robert Lesser, Marc Lawrence, Rod Steiger, Charles A. Tamburro, Walter von Huene, Frankie Ray, David Weisenberg, Paul Schackman, Renee Olstead, John Nielsen, Miriam Margolyes, Denice D. Lewis, Rainer Judd, Kevin Pollak, Mark J. Ferreri, Sebastian Feldman, Elaine Corral Kendall, Mo Gallini, Derrick O'Connor, Van Quattro, Lynn Marie Sager, Linda Pine
Director: Peter Hyams
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