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The End of Days: A Movie About the Power of Film

The End of Days: A Movie About the Power of Film

Review: In the wrenching ‘Armageddon Time,’ a filmmaker powerfully confronts his own privilege.” – The Houston Chronicle

“The movie could be so beautiful, but it’s impossible to be moved by it. It’s a dark, dark, tragic tale about how privileged privilege, like a giant black hole, keeps us from being able to see our own mortality.” – The Chicago Tribune

“You couldn’t love a movie more if you tried.” – New York Times

“Hoffman has one of the finest screen imaginations in the business, and that’s just before he goes all-out on the overproduction of the movie. The result of his experiment is a workaday masterpiece that might come in second place to any other mainstream motion picture about the apocalypse.” – The Washington Post

“One of the year’s best.” – Entertainment Weekly

The End of Days is a film that is both a portrait of a modern American society beset by an array of problems and a portrait of the American character, its moral fortitude and, more importantly, its resilience. It’s a film that, as Hoffheimer’s own words suggest, is as much about the power of film as it is a movie about the power of film.

In the opening minute, we are introduced to our protagonist, Paul (played by David Duchovny), a young man who lives with his wife and two sons in a modest suburban home in the heart of New Jersey. Paul is a loner, a work-hard, play-hard type who has difficulty relating to people.

But the people who do know him know better, seeing Paul first as an outsider, then as a social misfit, and lastly as a hero. One is introduced to him by his young neighbor, Danny (Robert Englund), who takes pity on Paul and invites him to a friend’s party. Danny’s mother is horrified to find out what Paul is doing with her son. Paul’s friend, who turns out to be his boss, tells his wife.

Paul meets Sarah (Rachel Weisz), an aspiring writer

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