There’s an archly funny germ of an idea at the heart of End of Days, Inc.
But despite a couple of ribald performances, the film eventually implodes under the weight of its silly plot.
It’s the last day of business at Godfrey Global Inventory and four sad-sack employees are induced by their Mephistophelian boss to return for one final all-nighter with a fat severance cheque as inducement.
It doesn’t take long before they twig to the fact that the computer punch cards they’re processing are wreaking havoc on a global scale and that crossing Mr. Godfrey brings dire consequences.
Paulino Nunes is delightfully macabre in the role of Godfrey, and Janet Porter is laugh-out-loud hilarious as the lascivious Misty.
But the initial laughs gave way to ennui and a general sense of unease that the joke behind the story isn’t all worth waiting for.
But hey, when was the last time you saw a pneumatic tube system, a computer punch card or an electric typewriter?