The employees of Godfrey Global Inventory are finishing up their final day of work before the company shuts down. Their boss Mr. Godfrey (Paulino Nunes) and his sister Esther (Anna Ferguson) invite everybody to a party where everyone is anticipating getting their severance bonus. The party is really an excuse to get one last day of work out of everybody. The employees have a choice. They can either finish processing the remaining “inventory,” or they can leave without their bonus and have their cards punched. Their bonus is quite generous, but when they start to put together exactly what the “inventory” is that they’re processing, they realize that it could lead to cataclysmic consequences.
End of Days, Inc. is a dark, twisted and hilarious film that may not hide its secrets very well, but that won’t stop the enjoyment that audiences will have. If you have ever felt like your boss was sent straight from Hell or that your work was going to be the end of you, you’ll appreciate the laughs found at Godfrey Global Inventory.
Directed by Jennifer Liao and written by Christina Ray (Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning), there’s something satisfyingly Canadian about End of Days, Inc. The employees, like the always-ready-to-please Jason (Mark O’Brien), the hard-working but ready-to-stop Mort (Paul Sun-Hyung Lee), the desperate-to-leave-but-trapped-in-her-job Misty (Janet Porter), and the loyal Janet (Carolyne Maraghi) are all afraid to rock the boat no matter what happens. They all secretly hate working for Mr. Godfrey, but nobody wants to say or do anything that will threaten the monotonous jobs. That’s not to say that Canadians are pushovers, but we tend to be a bit too forgiving and willing to overlook some of the ways we may be taken advantage of, especially when it comes to office work.
We learn very quickly what the business of Godfrey Global Inventory is, so a majority of the film is simply watching as the workers scheme to stop Mr. Godfrey before the end of their unscheduled work day. Nobody winds up in the same place as they started, although that’s not always for the better. It’s Janet who becomes the real focus of the film, showing up as the one person who most needs to stand up for herself. If there’s a hero to be found, it’s definitely Janet.
The actors do a great job, with Paulino Nunes playing the perfect corporate villain. He’s clueless but powerful—something many of us may think of the bosses we work for, and End of Days, Inc. is like a strange secret fantasy for every office worker out there. I’ve probably revealed too much already. What’s important to know is that this is a great light comedy with a twisted sense of humour and is a Canadian film that everybody should head out to see, especially if you have a boss that you may not be able to stand.