Harvard professor Dr. Richard Massey, an astrophysicist who's
certain that all worldly events can be explained by science,
is challenged by Sister Josepha Montafiore, a devout nun who
leads him on a quest through a world of true believers, heretics
and Satanists. Drawn together by personal tragedy, they are
swept into a deepening mystery when they discover evidence
that the world, as predicted by The Book of Revelation, has
reached The End of Days...
was originally broadcast as a television mini-series. Most
of the online stores I've seen seem to be pushing this as
a Season One release, which I find strange because
this is really a self contained six-part series that can't
really be continued - and wasn't.
series follows physicist Richard Massey (Bill Pullman) as
he is trying to sort his life out after the death of his daughter
at the hands of a murderer claiming to be sent by the devil
himself. Despite being an atheist, Massey is contacted by
Sister Josepha Montefiore (Natascha McElhone) who is investigating
unusual religious occurrences taking place around the world.
Sister Josepha believes these events are the warning signals
of the apocalypse as foretold in the Biblical book of Revelation.
As she tries to convince Massey of the truth behind these
signs, he confronts his daughter's murderer and begins to
suspect that perhaps the Sister is correct. But if a massive
disaster is coming, can Massey and Sister Josepha do anything
to avert it?
girl, who was struck by lightening and is currently in a vegetative
state, is somehow managing to recite bible verses in Latin,
as well as sketch drawings which are interpreted as signs
of the future. Both Massey and Sister Josepha must put their
religious differences to one side and work together if humanity
is to have any chance of being saved by the impending apocalypse
- or is it all a load of religious mumbo jumbo?
some odd reason, probably to ape the success of 24,
the six episodes in this series are called hours - Hour
One, Hour Two etc. I'm not really sure of the significance
of this, as the episodes are spaced over days, weeks or possibly
months (unless you expect our heroes to be able to zip all
over the world in six hours). But why they couldn't just list
them as episodes is beyond me.
Pullman and McElhone, this mini-series also includes some pretty
meaty guest stars. There's John Rhys-Davies (the great Welsh
actor who most will know from the Indiana Jones movies,
or more recently The Lord of the Rings films); Tobin
Bell (everyone's favourite villain); Michael Massee (who 24
fans will remember as Ira Gaines - he was also the actor who
fired the gun that killed Brandon Lee in The Crow); and,
believe it or not, the great Christopher Biggins.
there's not much in the way of extras. All we get are 14 minutes
of deleted scenes and a three minute behind the scenes featurette.
However there are some scenes that should have been kept in
the finished cut. For a start one of them explains how Massey's
assistant, Rubio, manages to get inside the Sister of Mercy
convent when it appears to be under siege by armed men.
a six-part mini series, this stretches the narrative about
as far as it can without snapping. While not a must own collection,
this is still pretty entertaining. But then with a cast list
as strong as this, that is hardly surprising.