I wouldn’t say I was necessarily recommended this film, in the traditional sense of the word, but it’s existence was called to my attention by my brother. We were talking about the film “Creep” (review here) and before I had finished describing it, he started telling me about End of the Line. Considering he tried to talk about something that he wanted to talk about, and not something I wanted to talk about, I started hallucinating about how cool my topic of conversation would have been. I remember him telling me it involved the subway, a strange cult, and I think he said something about cockroach monsters, because I started thinking about the film “Mimic” while he was talking. He didn’t say whether it was good or bad, or even if he did, I was too busy thinking of Mira Sorvino.
Never trust people who wear dress shirts and ties…and carry daggers (daggers optional).
The film follows, believe it or not, the events that take place on a subway late at night. Karen, played by Ilona Elkin, is having strange visions and experiences on her shift at the hospital, and you can tell she wants the day to be over. She gets on a train, befriends a stranger, and then the train grinds to a halt. What caused this to happen is unclear, but one thing is for sure, which is that there are members of a cult onboard who are hellbent on killing other people on the train to “save” them before the apocalypse. The people on the train try to find rescue, fight off cult members, and try to figure out exactly what’s happening on the streets of the city. Some people die, some die later than others, and eventually Karen gets killed by demons.
This film makes it look so incredibly easy to navigate service tunnels, even when nervous. I know that I would be lost and/or crying way more than anyone in the film.
This film might sound a little disjointed when the plot is summarized in a paragraph, which I apologize for. I do not apologize for only talking about the plot for a paragraph, because it’s not really worth more than that. This film started as pretty standard, and quite entertaining, B-Movie territory. The acting wasn’t the best, and neither was the dialogue, but you could tell it had heart to it. Combine that with some pretty fun scares in the first fifteen minutes, and I was intrigued. Ultimately, I feel they tried to accomplish too much, with too little financial resources and time. Is this cult actually correct, and the apocalypse actually is coming? Are these demons somehow related to it, or do they always live in the subway? Why did Karen have visions, as well as strange prophetic paintings left for her at the hospital? Just a lot of things that were vague when they could have been explained a little bit more. The gory special effects were good, the CGI was pretty good (considering the budget), but it also kind of dragged at the 60 minute mark. They could have chopped off a good 15-20 minutes, and just been a little more clear about what they were trying to say, and either left it open for a sequel, or at the very least, people would have been bored to 20 minutes less of their life.
Wolfman Moon Scale