End of Days

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +3

Content: -4

Born with a birthmark supposedly unique to the Anti-Christ, Christine York (Robin Tunney) is the "chosen one." If Satan mates with her on the last hour of New Year's Eve 1999, all hell will literally be unleashed. The Vatican wants to protect her, but some of Satan's earthly minions have raised her from birth. A radical faction within the Vatican believes it can stop this unholy union by killing Christine. And a Wall Street mogul (Gabriel Byrne), the earthly body for Satan's malevolent spirit, suffers assassination attempts by other religious zealots. Jericho Cane (Arnold Schwarzenegger), unwittingly hired to protect Satan's body, finds himself in the middle of a cosmic struggle. But saving Christine from the clutches of the Evil One may cost Cane his life or, worse, his soul. "Non-stop action" is an understatement for this apocalyptic thriller. With a near end-of-the-millennium release, END OF DAYS is sure to bring in both action fans and the spiritually curious.

Revelation 20:7 prophesies Satan's release from bondage after the millennial reign of Christ on the earth. At least from a pre-millennial theological perspective, the thousand years in the Bible is not the year 2000. This story is pure fiction, but does represent God and Satan as very real, spiritual beings. God, along with the Catholic Church, is good, and Satan, along with his earthly worshippers, is bad. And faith is more powerful than weapons in defeating Satan. Unfortunately, the story bears no other resemblance to Biblical prophesy. Unbelievable acts of torture and murder fill the screen from beginning to end. Extremely graphic violence includes a man crucified with surgical instruments and a message cut into his body, a priest's head ripped off, another stabbed in the head, and others shot point blank. Train wrecks, explosions, beatings, a mutilated and dismembered body, and Satan's reign of terror goes on and on. Language equally offends with many f-words and several regular profanities. The traumatizing content will make discerning viewers avoid movies completely. Don't see END OF DAYS unless you're fond of nightmares.

Preview Reviewer: Cliff McNeely
Universal Studios, 7502 Greenville Ave, Suite 205, Dallas, TX 75231, (214)369-1197

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (18) timesmild 15, moderate 3

Obscene Language: Many (28) times f-word 18, s-word 7, other 3

Profanity: Many (12) times Regular 9 (J 5, Gd 2, C 1, G 1), Exclamatory 3 (Oh G 1, Oh My G 2)

Violence: Many times Severe, Graphic, Traumatizing, Constant (baptism by blood, earthquakes/explosions, heavy gunfire-many killed close up, man falls from helicopter through roof, man crucified from ceiling with surgical instruments, message cut in mans body, bloody body in tub, intense and bloody fights, woman/girl slaughtered off-screen, man thrown from window, priest stabbed in head, priests head ripped off, man beaten by gang with clubs then hung on cross, man set on fire, man impales by sword, mutilated and dismembered body, church destroyed, other disturbing violence too frequent to list)

Sex: Once graphic (dream of two women and a man having sex - with breast nudity, motions and sounds)

Nudity: Twice (female breast nudity -during sex and woman undressing for shower)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Moderate (reference to consummating unholy union, man prepares for ritual sex with virgin, f-word used in sexual context)

Drugs: Cigarette smoking, alcohol abuse, prescription drugs

Other: Man possessed by Satan, man prays for strength/uses faith to defeat evil, stigmata wounds shown, hideous manifestation of Satan, story based on verse in Revelation but highly fictionalized

Running Time: 118 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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