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"Odd Thomas" Evenly Distributes Strengths At The Start Of The Novel-Turned-Film

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Not a reader of the popular series of novels by Dean Koontz, I will review "Odd Thomas" on the strengths of the film, not on the parallel attributes or how the film should relate to the literature.

Picking this up in a Suzhou, China area DVD shop, I wasn't really knowing what to expect. I usually just grab up anything I haven't heard about before, or ones with the best cover art. Initially I must say that I was very impressed.

Directed by Stephen Summers (The Mummy, Van Helsing, G.I. Joe: Rise Of The Cobra), the first half an hour really caught my attention and to the utmost extent. I have been waiting for an Anton Yelchin leading role film, since his solid performance as Chekov in the first J.J. Abrams Star Trek effort.

Within that first half an hour the dialogue from all characters were witty and fresh. The transitions were quick, but effective while aesthetics were concrete with the computer generated Bodach's being a visual highlight.

A supporting role by Willem Dafoe (The Boondock Saints, Spider-Man) meshed in perfectly with all other characters as well, while Addison Timlin (Stand Up Guys) executed the "adorable" and loyal girlfriend role with precision.

However, after that initial half an hour, many of the strengths began to form overpowering weaknesses and become annoyances. Mainly the acting quality of Timlin and the less believable she became as the film progressed. Filled with quick and unemotional dialogue delivery, followed by slow and forced emotions which were abundant throughout the final stretch of "Odd Thomas."

Then came the attempt at turning "Odd Thomas" into a Scooby-Doo mystery movie, which was a domino effect of fails that lead to little to no emotional response from viewers, especially at the end when the film needed it the most.

After a the last solid point of the film, a constant pestering of the viewers arrived, with more unnecessary "twists" and additional villains that were not needed. The transitions become too forced, as did the dialogue delivery and overall pace of the plot.

A more specific focal point for this awesome story and main character should have been honed in on and executed with more efficiency, which may very well be the reason why many people haven't heard of a movie rendition of "Odd Thomas" yet, because the final product might not have met the expectations of all parties involved, who knows.

I do recommend this film, although it could have and should have been much better than it was. The potential seemed to have been endless, but the execution just didn't follow through. "Odd Thomas" has peaked my interest into the novels, which I may find myself reading in the future, or I may not, it didn't hook me that much.


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