Odd Thomas 2014

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Based on the best-selling novel by Dean Koontz, Odd Thomas is not like other 20 year old boys; instead he has the clairvoyant ability to see dead people!

Starring:
Anton Yelchin,Addison Timlin
Runtime:
1 hour, 36 minutes

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Genres Science Fiction, Action & Adventure
Director Stephen Sommers
Starring Anton Yelchin, Addison Timlin
Supporting actors Leonor Varela
Studio Metrodome
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bill HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 17 May 2015
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Odd Thomas is a twenty-something fast food chef living in a small Californian desert town, who's clairvoyant abilities allow him to see and communicate with the dead. He's a self-appointed undercover detective for lost spirits, who brings murderers to justice, aided by the local Chief Detective, played by Willem Defoe. Odd has a beautiful brunette girlfriend, Stormy Llewellyn, who knows all about his abilities. He's able to see evil spirits called Bodacks, who are harbingers of death and destruction, and he becomes extremely worried when his small hick town is suddenly plagued with the malevolent spirits lurking around in the cafes and bars. The Bodacks seem to be following a dapper, but rather hirsute, forty-something fellow whom Odd nicknames Fungus Bob, and Odd soon finds himself following and spying on the mystery stranger in town...
This is a lively and enjoyable tale which successfully blends fantasy and mild horror. It's based on a Dean Koontz novel, which I haven't read, but for me it has the distinct look and feel of a film adaptation of a Stephen King style tale - a group of resilient and resourceful small-town folk coming into conflict with other-worldly forces. The actors give likeable and engaging performances, there's a cool soundtrack, and the film benefits from very stylish cinematography. The CGI isn't entirely convincing - the Bodacks look like something out of a modern episode of Doctor Who, which means that the effects aren't too bad, but equally they're none too realistic. Still, overall, it's a thoroughly entertaining way to spend 90 minutes.
Thank you very much for taking the time to read this review.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Howard on 5 Mar. 2014
Format: DVD
I have read every single Odd Thomas novel (not the graphic ones) and I will admit to having huge reservations about the filming of the first novel. The opening line of the book is the one of very few novels that I have read over the years that has stuck with me, and it goes "My name is Odd Thomas and I see dead people. The difference is I do something about it" (or words to that effect).

The film picks up on Odd's very humble attitude towards his gift and his compulsion to do something about justice for the dead no matter the cost very well. His little mannerisms, his ticks and turns of phrase as described in the book are very well portrayed by the young man playing him.

Willem Dafoe is one of my favourite character actors and having watched him play some very nasty people, it was great to see him play Sheriff Porter so close to the narrative.

The special effects team deserve an award as they have visuallted the bodachs pretty much as well as I had imagined them.

I knew the storyline and how it went and it still made me jump and by the end of it, even knowing the ending, i was in tears!

Just my humble opinion but I can't help wishing they'd make more.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By TJ Ramsbottom on 4 Feb. 2014
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As a fan of the books I had high hopes for this, especially after seeing the trailer. It's such a shame it never got a cinema release because of financial problems concerning the production as - flaws aside - this is a fairly good adaptation of Koontz's novel concerning a young man who can see dead people. These spirits can't talk but they can still indirectly lead him to stop future tragedies - sort of if the kid from sixth sense grew up to be a reluctant action hero, tackling serial killers and gunmen.

Sommer's film is, perhaps predictably, a bit over-edited and plot-heavy (it would have benefitted from more quite moments between Odd and Stormy) but it is surprising how faithful the film is to the book, particularly in regard to the ending (which I will not spoil). Yelchin and Timlin are perfectly cast as Odd and Stormy and this is bar far the film's strong point. Hopefully a Blu-ray release is imminent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER on 27 May 2014
Format: DVD
Odd Thomas is a somewhat odd film yet one I found to be quite original and entertaining. Odd is able to see the dead but this is no remake of `The Sixth Sense' he also sees things called `bodachs' which are sort of see through monster things that feed on death and mayhem. When a bewigged stranger turns up in town he knows that back water Pico Mundo is in for a pretty bad time.

He wastes no time in engaging the local Police Chief (Wilem Dafoe) who always takes him seriously for his part time crime busting skills. He then has to do what is described as an `epic battle' of good vs evil. This is based on a novel by Dean Koontz - so you know it is going to be paranormal and have a few frights along the way.

I actually really liked this the CGI is all excellent and the cast are all up to muster Anton Yelchin plays Odd in a believable way given the circumstances and his girlfriend played by Addison Timlin provides ample support as `Stormy Llewellyn' - great name that. This was a lot better than I had expected and much of that might be down to director Steven Sommers who brought us `The Mummy' series. So for a slice of paranormal mayhem with a few frights and thrills along the way and lots of people from the other side you can't go very wrong with this one.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By PJ Rankine TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Dec. 2013
Format: Blu-ray
I have not read any of the 'Odd Thomas' books by Dean R Koonz so came to this film with no preconceptions. Odd Thomas is a young man who can see the dead and they come to him with their problems. Not only can he see the dead though he can also see demonic creatures he calls Bodachs who gather when a violent death is about to occur. When they start to gather in the largest numbers he has ever seen he realises that a major traumatic event is about to hit his town and does all he can do to stop it.
Anton Yelchin plays Odd with a knowing naiveté that is completely believable and Addison Timlin plays his long suffering but loving girlfriend. Addison is girl next door gorgeous and whether Koonz pictured her looking this good in his writing I don't know but she is a real pleasure to watch. The film also features a welcome performance by Willem Dafoe as the chief of police who believes and supports Odd contrary to the usual storyline.
Overall this is a very watchable film with good production qualities and believable performances. Some of the scenes could be frightening for younger viewers and the ending may make you cry but its is definitely worth watching.
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