The last good Arnold Schwarzenegger movie I can remember is True Lies, and that was more than five years ago. But now, with End of Days, he tries to redeem himself. And succeeds. The best part about End of Days is that this movie is different from other Arnold films, but similar enough to have a lot of action.
The plot is this: On the eve of the Millennium, the devil comes to Earth to make a baby with an unsuspecting young woman. An ex-cop (Schwarzenegger) is drawn into the plot and learns of the truth, and tries to keep the devil from the young woman for two days.
The movie is filled with nice looking directorial techniques and contains a slick sound track and great special effects. Hyams does a good job with creating a dark, strange atmosphere, and the take on the devil is specially interesting. The story was really interesting and the movie overall was much more entertaining than Stigmata (also starring Gabriel Byrnes, and of which I liked) and much more action packed.
I was extremely impressed by Arnold's acting in this film, but I was also glad that it had a lot of action. He manages to get his hands on quite a few weapons and uses them accordingly. The only thing I didn't understand is why Arnold is able to get all these weapons and assist the police, yet he is no longer a police officer (is it a hobby?).
Gabriel Byrnes, who played the good guy in Stigmata, is the absolute bad guy in End of Days. His body gets possessed by the devil and he starts looking for Robin Tunney, who is the one chosen to bed with him. Byrne plays a slick, current, and chilling villain, and portrays Satan well.
Robin Tunney, as mentioned, is the twenty-year old girl chosen to bed with devil and create a baby that will cause the end of days. She has a very sexy, innocent role in the film and is a great choice for the lead female.
End of Days is an action-packed thriller with a great story, great direction, and good acting.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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