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Odd Thomas, Dependable Anton, Weird Willem and Stranger Sommers Bizarrley back. Eccentrically good fun.,
This review is from: Odd Thomas [DVD] (DVD)
Delightfully oddball adaption of Dean Koontz's 'Odd Thomas', Stephen Sommers tones down his usual overkill and gets back to horror and while this may not have been critically received well, but the public appreciation society wattage from IMDB is far more promising, and a more accurate analysis of it, though why they can't reiterate this for other even better and less appreciated horror films like 'Husk' is beyond me. What we have here is an intriguing mix of 'Dead Like Me' via 'Final Destinaton', and Anton Yelchin, one of the best young actors of his generation, a pyschic-cum-chef who "sees dead people and, by God, he does something about it" as the brilliant US tagline for the poster declared. We got a better cover in the UK, hinting at the apocalyptic tone it hints to be running towards, but a wimped out line, something you'd use for an old He-Man comic.
Anton's Thomas is sweet on a girl called Stormy who works in an ice cream parlour and she refreshingly returns it, they were "meant to be together" as old scene regarding a amusement centre's toy tarot reader tells us, and Willem Dafoe (so glad he found time to get in this) is the police chief also refreshingly clued up about Odd Tom's visions and what they mean, and the banter between all three is fun, natural and sounds built on long acknowledgment. Anton's Odd Tom is sort of like a sweet mix of Brandon Lee via Devon Sawa's 'Final Destination' character, only the dead come to him to point out their aggressor, and he metes out the justice he can, all the while fearing the perfectly CGI'd appearance of the contentious Bodaks, evil but etherall monster-like beings that normal people can't see,but show up to him when there's an abundance of death to deal out.
It's funny, sweet and played real well, fast and with Anton Yelchin in the lead giving a vulnerable and warm turn, mixed with the necessary stout, you're in good hands, and both him and Willem Dafoe (dependable as usual) add this cute and quite immersing horror to their belts after they starred in cool but separate vampire films a few years back. The peripheral characters do their job fun, and there's enough visual tricks on hand to keep you ticking over, and Sommers directs with a clear hand, and it's quite the best thing he's done in an age, even if 'Deep Riding' and 'The Mummy' can never be topped. Typically this UK DVD holds no extras at all, but it's likely the Region 1 copy and/or the Blu-ray does. Either way, it's still Odd One In in to your basket.