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Terminator meets Satan in New York. Satan wants to have a son, anti-Christ, and it's up to Arnold Schwarzenegger to stop him!
-Review by David Bruce
END OF DAYS
|Directed by Peter Hyams
Writing credits Andrew W. Marlowe
Arnold Schwarzenegger as Jericho Cane
Gabriel Byrne as Satan
Robin Tunney as Christine York
Kevin Pollak as Chicago
Renee Olstead as Amy
Matt Gallini as Monk
Linda Pine as Evie Abel
Lloyd Garroway as ConEd worker #1
Kassandra Kay as Nun
Udo Kier as Dr. Donald Abel
Denice D. Lewis as Emily
Frankie Ray as Squatter
Victor Varnado as Albino
MPAA: Rated R for intense violence and gore, a strong sex scene and language.
|FOR A SWEDISH TRANSLATION -Click here
New York, 1979: På ett sjukhus på Manhattan föds ett litet barn, en vacker flicka. Samma dag berätttar en ung präst i Vatikanen för påven att flickan blivit född. Länge har man väntat och fruktat denna stund.
New York City, 1979: In a Manhattan hospital, a newborn child enters the world, a beautiful baby girl. That same day in a lofty cathedral in the Vatican City, a young pontiff informs the Pope of the birth of the child. Her birth has been feared for centuries.
The scripture has indeed proven true: the child, Christine, bears the birthmark of the anti-Christ, and has been chosen for an unholy union.
Following an unorthodox baptism in the hospital's morgue, she is returned to her mother, as if everything is back to normal. But things are far from normal. The inevitable countdown to doom has begun.
New York City, December 28, 1999: As the world approaches the end of a century and the end of a millennium, it is the beginning of the end.
Jericho Cane (Arnold Schwarzenegger), a beaten down ex-cop, wakes up to another day, oblivious to the struggle that he soon must face. His job as a security specialist alongside his partner Chicago (Kevin Pollak) has become a tireless routine of seedy surveillance jobs, and since the death of his wife and child, everything in life which once held any meaning to him is now gone.
Following a bizarre confrontation with a crazed homeless man warning him of impending doom, Cane rescues a young woman from attackers who have invaded her home. A woman by the name of Christine York (Robin Tunney). He soon finds himself drawn into a heart-stopping game of cat and mouse, as he realizes that she is the key to a supernatural force of terror, born of prophecy long ago foretold.
A HOLLYWOOD JESUS VISUAL REVIEW
|I found the beginning of the movie to be very interesting. As soon as Mrs. York delivers her baby, hospital attendants, who are agents of Satan, take the baby out of the room "to clean her up" and perform a baby baptism using the blood of a rattle snake. The snake is a powerful image of Satan that goes back to the Adam and Eve story in the first book of the Bible. The serpent appears again in the last book of the Bible, Revelation. The Baby also receives the Omega sign on her skin. Omega is the last letter of the Greek alphabet. It means "last." It is used here as the "last/end of days." The omega letter is made to resemble a snake.
||In Christian scriptures, God has a son, Jesus Christ, who is God made flesh. Likewise, in popular culture and myth, Satan is often portrayed as having a son, too --the anti-Christ. In pop culture Satan is always the god of Hell fire. Hollywood loves the fire connection with Satan, it opens the door to plenty of special effects involving fire -and this film is no exception. True to scriptures, Satan, in this film, is an exploiter of human weaknesses. There are several people who give in to Satan because of their own sinful tendencies in this film. Victims of their own lusts, desires and weaknesses.
||The fact that there is a spiritual side to life is made very clear. There are forces of good and evil. This heavy action film makes a strong case for nonviolence. "You can not fight evil with evil."
||The story is built around the spiritual journey that Cane takes. The story begins with Cane drinking and attempting suicide. Through Christine, Cane begins to have spiritual awakening. He soon becomes a believer. He needs to defeat Satan to save Christine. But how?
||There is a ton of religious symbols in this film and especially in the closing few scenes. Realizing he is helpless against Satan, Cane prays and has a spiritual re-birth experience (one of the best I have seen on the big screen). I will not tell you how he defeats Satan, but I will tell you that it is based on a Christ-like action. "If you lose your life, you will gain it" -Jesus.
||72% SAY WORLD WILL END AS BIBLE PREDICTS, BUT NOT NOW.
(From ReligionToday.com) Seventy-two percent of Americans believe the world will come to a sudden end some day, as the Bible predicts -- but not soon. A survey conducted by Scripps Howard News Service found that only 15% say it's "very likely" or "somewhat likely" that the arrival of the millennium means the world will come to an end. Two-thirds said imminent global demise is "very unlikely."
THE DEVIL'S ADVOCATE (1997) Satan continues in his attempts to give birth to the Antichrist.
|OTHER RELATED FILMS INCLUDE.
CITY OF ANGELS
A LIFE LESS ORDINARY
Hi, I found your site yesterday, and I think it is wonderful. I have a keen interest in how Hollywood can use its own theology in films, but make it appear as if it was Bibical. There is a danger in this as the general public will not know what the Bible really says. A good example is "End of Days," starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. While very strong on the idea that one's salvation comes from faith in God, the film makes serious errors in the use of Revelation, especially in the filmmaker's use of the number of the beast, 666. (A priest says that, in dreams people see numbers upside down. He says John dreamed 666, so it is really 999 or 1999, and 1999 is the date for the 1000 years: "When the thousand years have ended, Satan will be loosed from his prison" (Rev 20:7). Of course, the writer has pulled this passage out of context and used it for the plot. As I said in my review of that film: "The premise of the film is based on a passage in Revelation which states, 'When the thousand years have ended, Satan will be released from his prison. . . ' (Rev 20:7).
The film has been called a theological disaster because two key elements of the plot do not relate to Christian theology. These are: first, that Satan will have to impregnate a female between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 12:00 midnight on New Years Eve in order to bring about the apocalypse; and, secondly, that if Satan doesn't get the girl during this time, he will go back to hell. Nowhere in Revelation or the Bible are these two ideas mentioned. Also, according to the Bible, the 2nd coming has to happen before Satan is released from his prison."
I have also written a long analysis of the film "Fallen," starring Denzel Wahington. I look at the Bibical background of the film and the sources of the philosophy and the demon in the film. I found some very interesting information on the identity of the demon, Azazel. I have enclosed an attachment which has excerpts of my review. As you know, the narrator of "Fallen" is the demon. I have analyzed the film from that viewpoint. My review is rather long, (3500) words, as I also discuss the themes in the film which deal with the nature of evil. Would you be interested in seeing the review, and/or having me edit it? The review for "Fallen"was first posted on the Hollywood Bitchslap movie review site, and they require that any of the reviews written for them, if appearing on another site, have a link to Hollywood Bitchslap. Thank you for looking at my submission, Barry Shrapnel
Response: Bad theology? I am glad for the public conversation and opportunity these films present. Both affirm the great cosmic battle now going on. Send what you will. I'll be happy to look it over. -David
COMMENTS TO NEWSDAY
Dave, Here's the text of a letter I wrote to the editor of Newsday after their review of End of Days appeared. I think you can get the gist of the reviewer's bias and faux pas from what I wrote:
Film Faith Affirming? I have not seen "End of Days" yet, so I won't critique Jan Stuart's review (11/24/99) on artistic grounds. Keeping in mind that the subject took dramatic license, I did find the review to be than a little disrespectful, and short on sound theology. According to strong tradition, the Book of Revelation (sans "s") was written by the Apostle John, in exile on the island of Patmos; most likely written on parchment rather than a "sheepskin notepad." If anything is clear from the events prophesied in that book, it is that the end of days will be marked by an increase in evil (demonic and otherwise), and that many who go through those times will refuse to repent of that evil. Indeed they will eagerly embrace the Antichrist as a saviour, as portrayed in films like "The Omen" trilogy and the recent "Omega Code."
The reviewer also found fault with Schwarzenegger's conversion experience in the final sequence. Granted, he is not the world's greatest living actor, and so may not be able to carry it off with conviction, but to compare such a moment with "an alcoholic chasing a 20-year bender with a thimble of soya milk" is really missing the point. Many times true faith, and thus true victory, in God comes in a moment, perhaps after a lifetime of trying to do things your own way. And often we have left as destructive a path, emotionally and spiritually, in our wake as Arnold ever could on screen.
[P.S. I've still not seen the film, but plan on getting it soon. Thanks for your excellent work on this site.]
DOES THE GOOD GUY ALWAYS HAVE TO WIN?
I don't want to upset anyone but,Why does the good guy always have to win? Other then that i am Gabriel Byrne's #1 Fan,Ithought for once the bad guy was going to win that's partly why i went to go see this movie in the first place.Don't get me wroung this was a very good moive but i think it would have been alot better it Gabriel,Satan,had won. If you have any problem or agree with me e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
END OF DAYS
I stumbled across your site last fall when I was looking for music from Blues Brothers 2000. I really enjoyed your review of that movie!!! My dad had made my husband and I watch that movie and we loved it. Of course, the revival scene was my favorite. To be born-again as a Blues Brother, let alone just being born again! Anyways, I have loved checking out your site periodically. I haven't been to the movies much lately, but we happened to go to End of Days on New Years Day and we were completely disgusted. It wasn't all that I hoped it would be, but that's life. However, I loved The Devil's Advocate, and I thought your review of that movie was completely on target with what we saw. I was wondering if you would consider renting the Rock Opera "Tommy" and doing a review of it? I got interested in that movie when I was in around 8th grade and went on a road trip with my stepdad & mom, and we listened to the soundtrack from Washington state to California. So they rented it for me, and I loved it and then they bought it for me. I remembered thinking that it somehow had to do with the story of Jesus, but I really didn't understand how. I had my dad & stepmom watch it with me, and it stirred up lots of interesting conversations. I tried to get some of my high school friends to watch it then and they didn't really understand where I was coming from. This last year, I've been trying to find reviews on it to see if anyone else felt the way I did. It's a long movie that needs all attention paid to it, and with three children I hadn't been able to watch it for about 5 years. Since I have only been saved about three years, I have wondered if I would still feel the same about it. On Saturday of this weekend I finally got to watch it, and I was still really intrigued by it. I would really love it if you might watch it and review it? It definitely has some spiritual significance to it and I would love to hear your take on it.
GABRIEL BYRNE IS FANTASTIC SATAN
GOOD ACTION FLICK WITH BAD PLOT
As a Christian, I was looking forward to the portrayal of Revelation in the movie End of Days. I am also a Schwarzenegger fan, so I was looking forward to getting a good action flick, too. It turned out to be a good action flick, but for the plot, I'm hard pressed to find another movie that twists the truth and blasphemes Christ more than this one. I mean, get real. This movie wasn't even close to being intended to portray scripture. First off, let's examine the crucial scripture involved with this movie, Revelation 20:7. "When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison..." BUT WAIT!!! The sentence doesn't end there! (verse 8) "...and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth-Gog and Magog-to gather them for battle." (emphasis mine). Hmmm. In this movie, Satan is as subtle as a Mack truck, and isn't doing any gathering. By the time the thousand years has occurred, the anti-christ has already come, like Scripture says (Rev. chapter 13), so this 'thousand years' and satans release is after all the events that supposedly happen in the movie. According to scripture, the thousand years has nothing to do with the coming of the Anti-Christ. It actually has to do with God letting satan out and allowing him to deceive the earth one more time before he gets slaughtered at Armageddon, but we'll touch on that later. Also, this garbage about '666' being '999' borders on calling God a liar, as well as being logically inaccurate. For one, if we can't take '666' as it is, how can we take anything in scripture as it is? In a dream or not, God had it put into the canon, and I think we'd do well to take God at His Word. Anywayz, it doesn't click with the description of it in scripture, as '666' is "...the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name..." (Rev. 13:17b) and is necessary to "...buy or sell..." (Rev. 13:17a). This means that '666' has to do with financial transactions, and it is the number of the fallen, the number of man (Rev. 13:18, as man is fallen without hope of redemption apart from Christ), the number of the beast. It has nothing to do with a year, or anything else, and it wouldn't make sense if it was. Besides, John says that this number "...calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast..." (Rev. 13:18a, emphasis mine.) So this means that he didn't just see the number '666', that it was some sort of logical mathematical derivative of the mark, possibly three columns with six numbers in each, that gives everyone a unique code, while still being '666'. Whatever it is, it definitely does not deal with a year on a calendar. Ok, now down to the heart of why this movie is screwed up. Acts 2:20-21 "The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord. And everyone who call on the name of the Lord shall be saved." (emphasis mine). As Christians, we know who wins in the end. God will let Satan loose in the end for a time to punk us all he wants, but in the end, if we call Christ Savior, WE WIN! Read the rest of the story after Revelation 20. Let's see, there's a giant battle called Armageddon, for which the devil was gathering forces in Rev. 20:8, and GOD WINS!!! Hmmm, then there's this whole judgment thing, and God takes those who accepted Christ to Heaven, and the disobedient burn in hell. Does this sound like the devil has much of a chance? The score is already known. The End of Days ends with God winning, no problem. Oh, and did you notice that no where does it say that God needs man to help Him win? In the movie, the fat priest says that 'God will not save us, it is up to us' and that if the Anti-Christ is born, 'our souls are lost'. Geez, so this means that unless we can stop satan from beating up God, our souls are lost? What kind of screwed up logic is this? For one, God does not need our help to keep His throne, and second, satan does not have the power to nullify our salvation. What is our faith if Christ doesn't reign supreme, and His Blood doesn't cover our sins? BTW, in the movie, they keep saying 'have faith' and 'we must keep faith'. FAITH IN WHAT?!! In the dumb blind impotent version of God they believe in? Faith is not valid unless the object of the faith is valid. And my faith is in my DAD, my eternal Father, who can whoop satan's butt without having to think about it (He created satan, making satan about as powerful against Him as we are), and Who loves me enough to die for me, and nothing can make my soul lost after He has saved me. 'Nuff said. I could go on forever about the end times and this movie, pointing out logical fallacies and the way God says things will go, but I don't have time. Suffice to say, this movie was awful, and gave Hollywood an excuse to blaspheme God (those lines that satan was saying to Jericho about the Bible, and how satan in Jericho at the end blasphemed the image of Christ in that Church, which in my opinion was an attack by the director on God). Those lines need not be uttered to make a point. That is just putting crap in the minds of the audience. After all, if you are saved by saying with your mouth 'Jesus is Lord', and if you believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you must be in trouble for saying blasphemies with your mouth, especially when the express purpose is not to give a Biblically accurate account of Revelation. BTW, the gratutious sex scenes were just plain stupid, and had no bearing on anything. Really, if the devil wanted to inpregnate a woman, do you think he'd give her dreams about who he is, and would he be a sex maniac? Get real, sexual temptation is used on humans by satan because it tweaks our biological nature to procreate. The devil does not have this 'temptation', and would only want sex to make the anti-christ. So he would deceive the woman and get his kid without her even knowing, as he is 'the deceiver'. Yeah anywayz, if you read all of this, hope you see where I'm coming from, God bless, and have a good one.
LOVE OVER HATE
Another case of damned if you do and damned if you don't! The secular reviews uniformly pan this movie. Why? Is it because Satan is to close to home? Or that there are actual "followers" of Satan? Or maybe, for once the Pope - as a religious figure - is holy in his attitude of forgiveness and restraint, choosing to love rather than hate? Maybe it's because Arnold's character is rough and rude, but comes to a spiritual awakening, tossing aside his big gun (anathema for Arnold lovers) to instead choose the sword of God? Then we have the religious folks who hate the movie because it's not religious enough for them, not accurate enough, not sublime enough, not spiritual enough... So you have those who pull from the side of political correctness and those from the side of spiritual correctness. What do you have left? A more than serviceable movie that tries to depict the growing awareness on the part of an un-spiritual man of the spiritual forces at work in the world. Not a bad film really, nor a bad premise either! Like Dylan said "...you can't make all the people happy all the time...", at least I think he said that :)
ARNOLD'S INITIALS ARE J.C.
I JUST SAW END OF DAYS
I was lucky enough to get chosen to view a showing of "End of Days". Very good action movie, LOTS of action. pretty dark and twisted though, based around Satan having to mate with the 'chosen one' (Robin Tunney) so his spawn may take over the world. shortly after the beginning of the film you watch a Satanic ritual centering around an unwashed newborn girl covered in vaginal lubricant and uterine material being forced to drink the blood of a freshly killed rattlesnake. after that, the movie becomes strange. it is very violent, a scene with people beating Arnold with bats and pipes in dark alleyways and then when he has been beaten unconscious, crucifying him. a few times Schwarzenegger is firing machine guns into crowds of people just mowing a path for himself to run through. these people have of course been possessed by Satan or whatever making it acceptable. Another strange scene involves a moaning elderly woman strapped to a table experiencing stigmata. A few nice gratuitous breast shots, a strange really detached one (scene, that is) in a restaurant immediately before it explodes, a tiny peek at Robin's before a shower and an especially good one of a young girl whose father is watching her, along with her mother, have sex with Satan while NIN's "Closer" song blares in the background. definitely not a family film, yet at the same time... Anyway, I would definitely recommend seeing it, "it's like The Exorcist meets Terminator 2." the effects were not complete at the viewing but they still seemed pretty cool. Satan, when he is not occupying Gabriel Byrnes body is a transparent shape akin to Predator but much more fluid. He also appears at the end in the familiar demon shape with the huge wings (this part was very rough/low resolution at this viewing but still looked cool). Not your typical Schwarzenegger flick, he is a suicidal alcoholic drug addict depressed about the murder of his family by gang members (which i might add we must watch his wife and 5 year old daughter (fresh from the bathtub) be murdered with single shots to the back of the head) he had testified against. He gets his ass kicked a few times. A really bad scene he is hanging out a window and he must horridly cut his hand on the glass to keep his grip. Overall the movie is quite dark and gruesome, based solely around Violence, Satan and Sex. But it also has a lot of action and excellent effects. I would definitely recommend seeing it (if you are stable, that is).
END OF DAYS (C) 1999 UNIVERSAL STUDIOS. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
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