by Ricky Miller
Exhibit A: How success from a single project can guarantee you a career. Wherein the name of director Stephen Sommers catapulted him from doing mediocre paycheck jobs and had some success with the "Raiders of the Lost Ark" rip-off of 1999's "The Mummy" with the headlining of Brendan Fraser as the new action hero of the day.
In "Odd Thomas," Anton Yelchin is a short-order cook who can see dead people and other assorted spirits from the beyond. If Yelchin looks familiar, it's probably because audiences saw him as Chekov in J.J. Abrams' reboot of "Star Trek" in 2009. He was also hero Kyle Reese in McG's "Terminator: Salvation" from that same year.
At his side is his "soulmate," Stormy LLewelyn (Addison Timlin, "That Awkward Moment"), a girl he met earlier in his life. Also involved with Odd's life are Chief Wyatt Porter (Willem Dafoe, "Platoon," "Boondock Saints"), who knows of Odd's special gift for communicating with the undead.
They live in a small town, Pico Mundo, which appears to be like any American suburban town. Life runs at an even pace, minus any day of the dead scenarios.
The villains here are ghostlike apparitions named bodachs that are evil incarnate, taking the lives and souls of various individuals.
Like horror wunderkind Stephen King, this one has a notable name attached in author Dean Koontz. He spins a tale where one just accepts the ridiculous shenanigans that encompass the storyline.
Sommers has a knack for making the dumbest flicks enjoyable. He helmed one of my all-time guilty pleasures of the '90s with "Deep Rising," the story of a cruise liner that gets inhabited by malevolent sea creatures. Even his "G. I. Joe: the Rise of Cobra" was a stupid silly romp that witnessed the destruction of the Eiffel Tower by nanobots that even had a further lousy follow-up "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" just last year.
With the nicely woven tapestry of fantasy coupled with sheer ridiculousness of ghostbusting tendencies, one can do a lot worse than spend time with the denizens that occupy "Odd Thomas."