The original Omen is an excellent film - endlessly re-watchable, tense, atmospheric and brilliantly acted (surely the person who has left a review saying the original was poorly acted mis-typed...?)
This film, like so many other pointless recent remakes like The Wicker Man, just illustrates the paucity of talent and creativity in Hollywood. Who possibly thought that a scene-by-scene remake of a classic 70s film would be a good idea? It would seem the only reason for this remake was to make the beheading scene much more explicit and gory. Which completely misses the point of the original - it didn't rely on gore, it relied on psychological terror and atmosphere to generate chills. This film is utterly bereft of any of the qualities that made the original. In fact, this is a perfect example of modern film-making (and TV production too) - flash, slick visuals with lots of deep shadows and colourful splashes and the odd jump cut and editing flourish. But the story is empty, the direction unengaging, and the acting is wooden.
Gregory Peck was one of America's greatest actors. Lee Remick was an excellent actress (also see her performance in the under-rated 70s horror thriller, The Medusa Touch). Together they are compelling and believable as the Thorns. Liev Schreiber and Julia Stiles cannot hold a candle to either original actor. They are so flat and unbelievable it is shocking. But this highlights another key problem with modern Hollywood - everyone's pretty, but no-one is remotely interesting or convincing.
The cast list looks impressive, but no-one is memorable or believable other than perhaps Thewlis, though even he cannot achieve anything like the performance of David Warner.
This film is important in some ways - it perfectly underscores the decline of Hollywood over the last decade.