Director Stephen Sommers has delivered a wide variety of genre films to the masses including the first two films in the Mummy franchise and the first entry to the G.I. Joe franchise. Now he is taking a jab at bringing one of Dean Koontz novels to life with Odd Thomas. The film stars Anton Yelchin, Willem Dafoe, and Addison Timlin but does it deliver or will should it be exorcised before starting?
Odd Thomas follows a small-town fry cook who is an ordinary guy with a paranormal secret: he sees dead people, everywhere. When a creepy stranger shows-up with an entourage of ghostly bodachs, predators who feed on pain and portend mass destruction, he knows that his town is in serious trouble. Teaming up with his sweetheart and the local sheriff, he plunges into an epic battle of good vs evil to try to stop a disaster of apocalyptic proportions. To be honest from the trailers this film looked like it was going to be another throw away video rental, but surprisingly there is more to it. The story is simple enough, but thanks to some clever crafting and voice over it has a more compelling aspect to it. The film kicks right into gear with a great fight sequence that Anton Yelchin pulls off surprisingly well. The rest of the film plays off with a bit of a dark comedic tone with just enough of the serious aspects thrown in to keep it from becoming silly. While practical creature effects are so much better this time around the nature of the story needed a bit more and the CGI used worked for the most part with only a couple of moments that it got a bit cheesy. There is a pretty fun twist, despite it being a bit predictable that was a smart move for the direction of it all.
While there are a few by the numbers aspects to this film it still manages to be pretty fun. Some of it is due to the way the overall film is delivered and the other is Yelchin who does a good job leading this film. There was a clear set up for some more stories with this character and would be interesting to see where they might go, but only time will tell.
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