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½ October 26, 2014
The gas had pretty much run out of the OMEN franchise by the time of this second sequel, and yet THE FINAL CONFLICT is quite an interesting film in spite of its obviously flaws. Sam Neill gives an excellent performance as the now adult Damien Thorne. Screenwriter Andrew Birkin makes at least a token attempt to wrestle with the problem of Evil. And director Graham Baker shows some real style behind the camera, using editing, angles, and movement to orchestra the shocks almost as well as Richard Donner did in THE OMEN. The insurmountable problem built into the scenario is that THE FINAL CONFLICT promises nothing less than Armageddon ‚?? a promise it cannot possibly fulfill while sticking to the established formula of killing off a handful of individuals who know or suspect the truth about Damien‚??s true identify as the Antichrist.
October 21, 2014
Damien grows up ... and the series grows dead.
Super Reviewer
½ October 16, 2014
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.
½ October 15, 2014
A gutsy and unique entry in a franchise that had already sank to the sodden depths of hackdom, "The Final Conflict" relies on neither the tense subtlety of the original nor the sensory assault of the first sequel. Sam Neill is a chilling, hauntingly attractive adult Damien, and unlike Bill Holden and company in "Damien," he actually does his best with a mixed bag of dialogue. The great attractions of this film are two: Jerry Goldsmith's career-best score, which oscillates convincingly between Damien's haunting demonic chanting and the old-fashioned Biblical grandeur that heralds the second coming of Christ, the sweep and beauty of which has not been attained since Miklos Rozsa's "Ben-Hur"; and the courageous, decisive finale. However you feel about the way the conflict is resolved, it was a bold choice. And this is overall a far more competent, polished, stylish sequel than "Damien."
½ October 9, 2014
The movie starts strong, but it slows down and becomes to dialogue driven. There is some mild suspense, but the tension, scares, and excitement are missing. There are seven priests with seven daggers on a mission to eliminate the Anti-Christ before he rises to full power. That sounds good, but the movie botches this part of the story. These priests should have been central characters that add excitement and offer interesting biblical references along the way. Instead, they are so inept that they only muddy the plot and equate to lame kill count fodder. I quite like Sam Neill as the evil yet charismatic Anti-Christ role. Neill is probably the strongest point this movie has in its favor. The ending is disappointingly abrupt and a tad anticlimactic. I am not big on this movie, but if you think of it as a third movie in a horror franchise, then it is not so bad.
August 26, 2014
I admired the prospect of baby killing as a new way of adding believable demonic activity to the film, but unfortunately this was a bland and forgettable movie of nonsense! Some people have praised Sam Neill but I also found his performance a little too timid for the character as an adult! If you love religious tone and the previous movies you will probably watch this movie anyway, but it's entirely unnecessary!
July 30, 2014
A horrible end to a an ok series I am not sure who wrote this but they shouldn‚??t get work again
July 24, 2014
My impressions while watching this excuse for a film: Stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, gross, stupid, stupid, boooooooring, stupid, stupid, OH MY GOD! THAT ENDING MAKES ME WANT TO THROW MY TELEVISION OUT THE WINDOW! AAARRRGGGHHH!!!

To be absolutely fair, the filmmakers conceive of a few nicely disturbing ideas, but do almost nothing to develop them. Instead they try to frighten us with the slapstick-style antics of a band of renegade monks who try and fail (spectacularly) to dispose of the antichrist (Sam Neill, having fun in a poorly-written role). A lousy conclusion to a series of films that is ultimately pretty embarrassing.
½ May 30, 2014
A decent sequel with a great performance by it's lead and solid musical score, but is lacking compared to it's first two films. Could have been a lot better but is the holy grail compared to it's sequels.
May 24, 2014
Though not nearly as scary as the first film, it has in my opinion, the most epic ending I ever saw on film. Also Jerry Goldsmith's musical score, prevent it from being a total disaster.
Super Reviewer
May 16, 2014
The Omen Trilogy comes to its climactic (and inevitable) conclusion in The Final Conflict. As his seven year reign nears its end Damien Thorn becomes obsessed with averting the second coming of Christ; meanwhile a secret order of priests acquires the Daggers of Megiddo in order to kill Damien. This final battle between good and evil is surprisingly tame, yet it maintains the ominous and suspenseful tone that has come to define the series. And, the film's take on Biblical prophecy proves to be quite interesting. Additionally, Sam Neill gives an impressive performance as Damien, providing a commanding villain. A chilling and atmospheric thriller, The Final Conflict provides a fitting end to the series.
April 4, 2014
Scary as hell. Err...pardon the pun.:)
½ February 22, 2014
As the Second Coming apparently has occurred, a now 32 year old Damien Thorn (Sam Neill), CEO of a multinational and US Ambassador to England, tries to pull a Herod styled massacre of newborns with the hope of murdering baby Christ II. An interesting story, marred by uneven performances (Neill's mostly effective), dry writing, and dull visual staging by director Graham Baker. After three movies, the ending is not worthy, either. Jerry Goldsmith is the only one who did not get the memo on diminishing returns, providing yet another splendid score, which this time contrasts the Satanic chants of previous installments with a soaring homage to Miklos Rosza.
February 12, 2014
It had some good ideas
December 26, 2013
Not as good say the first two but passible and will give you some entertainment
½ December 11, 2013
The first movie want to have a movie without magic, covens, demons, etc... Now the final movie is what the first movie didn't want. It's better than the second but the end was badly as the last movies of Argento's.
November 6, 2013
wow, I expected much better.
October 31, 2013
Thursday, October 31, 2013

(1981) Omen III: The final Conflict

Somewhat of a continuation where the last one left off. After killing off two well "publicized" families, for it's like both families had never even existed which are the Gregory Peck character's family from the first movie and then the William Holden character's family of the second. Damien who's now 32 not only inherits the previous family's fortune but gets appointed to have two different jobs for the President of the United States which is being the US ambassador for the UK, and the "President of the UN Youth Council". At the same time 7 priests are planning an assassination by attempting to stick one of seven rare distinctive knives into him. One can wonder that if Damien had so much money, why can't he just hire people to retrieve all 7 knives himself if it's the only weapon that he was supposed to be kill in? Anyways, what viewers also get is what was already explained out of the first two movies is that Damien is the anti-Christ and is the true son of Satan himself blah, blah, blah... for it's like everyone are so dense and narrow minded except for those 7 priests. And the way he killed some of the people who're after him is dumb since it's already on public record how other people were killed, for it's like they're are not aware about what Damien is capable of doing which also includes controlling animals and so forth. I have to say this movie looked a lot worst after my second viewing.

2 out of 4 stars
October 26, 2013
Boring, too much talking. The ending was good though.
October 20, 2013
definitely the weaker if the 4 but not horrible
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