Odd Thomas Reviews
Thanks to a legal dispute between the film's financiers and its producers, 'Odd Thomas' is currently sitting on the shelf without a distribution deal in most territories, including North America, meaning the only way to see it right now is if it turns up at festivals like Horrorthon.
Adapted from a popular Dean R Koontz novel, which has spawned several sequels and prequels, the film tones down much of the source material's dark tone in favor of PG friendly adventure. As with his 'Mummy' movies and the much slated 'Van Helsing', writer-director Stephen Sommers again takes a horror concept and turns it into an overblown action romp.
'Odd Thomas' feels like a movie stuck in 1995. The snappy smartass dialogue reminds us of the awful Tarantino wannabe movies that were so prevalent in the latter half of the nineties and the visual aesthetic, like this year's equally bad 'RIPD', owes much to 'Men In Black'. It's a film that thinks it's a lot more clever than it actually is, full of annoying flashbacks and ludicrous exposition devices. Odd spends half the movie speaking to Stormy on the phone explaining the plot, simply because Sommers has no idea how to construct a screenplay with any kind of natural flow.
After 15 minutes I hated everything about this film and by the climax I had a pounding headache from listening to the awful constant dialogue, of which there is an unsufferable amount as well as a voiceover, just in case we may have missed any plot details. Thanks to its shelving, you may never get to see 'Odd Thomas' but that's probably a good thing.
if you haven't read the book you will still enjoy this movie although it will be better for you if you read the book first.
Stephen Sommers this is his best directing to date especially after that crap that was G.I. Joe
I initially had no interest on this movie, but I decided to give it a try. And the end result was actually a pretty fun and enjoyable movie. Anton Yelchin was great as the lead Odd, as well as the supporting cast. It really was better than I expected and it seemed like the type of movie that could've easily find its audience and be a modest success, but sadly it never was given a chance and so most people won't even know about this movie. Still, it's a very exciting film and fast paced that has a mix of genres and plays them very good. Overall, the movie was a lot of fun and with a good cast and story that has a little of everything, it should be a win win for everyone that watches it.
~June 28, 2015~
This is what R.I.P.D. or "Warm Bodies" should have been more like. Was it a little unbalanced and "teen" movie in tone? Yes. Was it an obviously low budget movie with predictable jump scares and some lame plot points? Yes. Was the script a little ham handed and were the voice overs a cheap way of dealing with the material so the movie could "TELL" instead of "SHOW?" Yes. Did it do a better job telling its story and making me give a care than R.I.P.D. did and have a far less forced romance sub-plot than "Warm Bodies?" HECK YES! And Anton Yelchin has more acting talent and charisma in his lip quiver at the end of the movie than either of the leads in "Warm Bodies" did for the entire duration of their film. This kid is good. I hope he get some real challenges soon because if he works his career right he is really going to wow the world.