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ARNOLD WINS, AUDIENCE LOSES

Mary Burkin is an actress/lawyer/writer who lives in Burbank and works

in Glendale.

Is your life so pleasant that you want to see a gruesome, moronic

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movie just for a change of pace? Do you think your money is well-spent if

your only comment to your friends at the end of a film is “Duh-huh?” Then

go watch Arnold fightSatan.

I really like all the actors in “End of Days,” so I hate to mention

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they were in it.

It’s too late for Halloween, totally inappropriate for Christmas, and

unwilling to stretch a little further to gain cult status. In case you

didn’t know, the score is Arnold 1, Satan 0.

A GREAT RIDE OR A SWELL WRECK

Jeff Klemzak of La Crescenta owns a roofing business.

Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a troubled, hi-tech, rent-a-cop who

stumbles onto a Satanic plot that is destined to bring about the “End of

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Days.”

He takes it upon himself to protect a young woman who has been chosen

by Satan to bear his child, and if old Lucifer gets to her before

midnight Dec. 31, 1999, “all hell” breaks loose.

It breaks loose anyway as Arnie tangles with the devil in vintage

Schwarzenegger style, replete with explosions, car crashes, grisly

homicides, and a really swell train wreck.

This story is pure hokum, but if you can set that aside and suspend

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disbelief over and over again, you’ll find “End of Days” a great ride.


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