12 May 2003 | dbdumonteil
it's the end of the world as we know it and Schwarzenegger doesn't feel fine!
During the year 1999, it was nearly inevitable that cinema devotes a movie which the action would take place in the very last few days before 2000 and this movie would be a connection with Christian religion, more precisely the Apocalypse caused by the Devil. The result was "end of days".
I was told that it was a laughable movie, I probably agree with that. It's especially true at the level of the dialogs which contain several times the childish terms, "nice guys" and "bad guys" to qualify the characters. Otherwise, I think that the movie's got nothing great, neither is it a really bad movie. "End of Days" is just a dull and lacklustre movie. The screenplay works like a common detective story without any major surprises and it contains a quite important number of unlikelinesses. For example, the devil isn't supposed to enter the church (God's house) and however he succeeds in! Moreover, the film-maker Peter Hyams didn't skimp on the bloody effects.
Besides, I was astonished by discovering that Peter Hyams made this movie. Twenty one years ago, he made an original and brilliant science-fiction movie called "Capricorn one". So, when you think about this, you can say that he must have lost his gift with the passing years.
"End of days" isn't really a suspense film because we guess the devil's grim intentions from the start of the movie. As far as Schwarzenegger is concerned, he looks exhausted and doesn't seem imposing as he was, in the past. Hyams gave him a picture of a cop tormented by the death of his family and a strong taste for alcohol, probably to get him rid of his picture of bold and invincible hero. At least, it's better to see "Schwarzy" in an action movie rather than in a comedy where he's nearly always pitiful.
A remark: "end of days" is the second movie featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger in the main role to include a Guns N'Roses song in the original soundtrack. The first one was "Terminator 2" and the name of the song was "you could be mine". Here, the song's called "Oh! My God". Oh! My God, how right you are Axl Rose!