Omen III: The Final Conflict (1981)
Omen III: The Final Conflict (1981)
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...the moment The Final Conflict turns to dialogue and a plot, it loses its inspiration.
The bad news is that Damien has a whole movie to get through before he gives up the ghost, and that the movie is a grisly one.
Sam Neill is adequate as Damien Thorne, presenting a smarmy and very smug quality to the character.
Neill is fire and brimstone incarnate, but he can't seem to seal the deal.
The Omen trilogy comes to a close with this expectedly uneven installment...
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With a much required dosage of prestige, Sam Neill lends his considerable malice to the serrated, ultimately anticlimactic 'Omen III'. Damien (Neill) is now a profiteering ambassador to England and he criticizes an Armageddon commercial for being "trite, cliche and rhetorical" which is a modicum of the film's satirical edge (which is already an astronomical step-up from the malodorous 1978 sequel). Suddenly the series' mythos has been gerrymandered and a dagger is now the MacGuffin to finally kill the Antichrist. Drivel about the constellation is basically expository overload but the debonair Neill is the scenery-chewing linchpin. His soliloquy about the "ecstasy of [his] father's kingdom" in an echoing atrium is a deliciously megalomaniac show-stopper (he caresses the thorn on Christ's crown effigy). Sadly, the finale to an infant-killing spree by the "Disciples of the Watch" is a dispiriting whimper near a churchyard where evil is thwarted so abruptly (with an oversimplified bible quote) that the audience feels cheated for being so invested up to that point. Neill is a sadomasochistic firebrand (despite the fact that Damien is now Dr. Doolittle with all mammals) but 'Omen III' is a brusque capper to the trilogy.
The Final Conflict had the potential to be a very strong, redeeming film over the bad second one, instead it's one of the worst sequel as of yet to the original Omen. I can give him props however to Sam Neil to portray Damien Thorn effectively, but unfortunately his incredible acting ability doesn't even salvage this terrible film. Sam Neil looks like he's struggling to do his best with a poorly written script, and he tries his best to portray an adult Damien, but the film is a failure. I found that the film dragged too long to get to the point of this mess. The Final Conflict could have gone through another two rewrites before being approved by the studio, the concept was good, but the poorly written script ruins the film. The idea behind the plot were great, and it's a shame the filmmakers couldn't create something more memorable. Like I stated earlier, Sam Neil is a great choice, and is perfect for the part. Unfortunately due to a mediocre script, his talent can't redeem such a poor film. The strength of the film is Neil, but the weakness is a script that is heavily flawed. The film doesn't have any remarkable horror moments, and doesn't deliver anything scary. I think this film could have been a great entry in the series, one that had an interesting idea by having Damien Thorn as an adult. However, ideas expressed on film are flat and unimpressive. All in all, The Final Conflict is a bad film that could be so much better, it's a shame that with such an interesting idea, they came up with such a mundane entry in an obviously tired franchise.
An awesome horror movie in the Omen series, one of my favourite movies, I highly recommend it if you liked the other two.
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