Director: Peter Hyams
Schwarzenegger, Gabriel Byrne, Kevin Pollak, Robin Tunney
Bodyguard Jericho Cane fights with the Devil to
prevent the apocalypse.
It’s the eve
of the Millennium, and the Devil (Gabriel Byrne) stalks New York, looking
for the woman (The Craft’s Robin Tunney) who is destined to bear
his child. Time is running out, and bodyguard Jericho Cane
(Schwarzenegger), whose wife and
child were murdered, lacks the one key attribute to save her – faith.
overwrought thriller is hamstrung by a typically stoic Schwarzenegger
performance, (“You think you know bad? You’re a fucking choirboy
compared to me! A choirboy!”), and a complete lack of subtlety, but it
has its moments, and there’s obviously been a lot of money spent on it.
Fans if the Omen
sub-genre, and people who appreciate truly bad
movies will undoubtedly get a kick out of it.
UK disc, presented in 16:9-enhanced 2.35:1 ratio, with a knockout Dolby
5.1 sound mix, comes with a number of supplemental features, including
nine fascinating short items exploring the film’s spectacular special
effects, an on-location featurette and a couple of music videos. A very
worthy effort, but the British disc lacks Hyams’ commentary track, the
elaborate animated menus, and various text-based features that were on the
American disc. The bits and pieces are pretty incidental, but the
commentary adds considerable value to the package, and shouldn’t have