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Anton Yelchin is the right man for the title role, but Odd Thomas suffers from a jumbled tone.
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Yep, he's an odd one all right. You're likely to get tired of hearing about it pretty quick, though.
Odd Thomas is an engagingly lightweight and occasionally visually inventive film that should appeal to Koontz fans and anyone else open to his whimsical approach to horror.
An endearing, witty romantic dramedy-slash-supernatural-thriller about a small desert town in California beset by demonic apparitions and a satanic cabal of deranged would-be mass murderers.
They've given this once-promising character a fate similar to death-a pretty bad movie.
At once comic, tragic and goofily romantic, and resting too often on Odd's clarifying narration, this young-adult lark breaches the nonsense barrier with some regularity.
Odd Thomas has high-speed chases, explosions, narrow escapes and masses of special effects-none special enough, I'm afraid, to save it from mediocrity.
Odd Thomas is one paranormal investigator I cannot wait to watch in action again.
Odd, but oddly entertaining nevertheless.
I've never read a Koontz novel, but I don't think his target audience is pre-teens. Sadly, I'm not sure anyone much older would find the [film] to be more than novelty.
...easily stands as Sommers' most accomplished work to date.
Nightmarish imagery, violence abounds in dark-humored tale.
Even if "Off Thomas" would have likely had a more fruitful life on the small screen, it is still an enjoyably fast-paced way to spend 96 minuteswith a few additional surprises up its sleeve.
A very lighthearted approach to some very grim subject matter. But it works.
Seeming very nearly like the setup piece for a imminent TV series, this film creatively introduces a hero who uses his supernatural gifts to fight crime, which pretty much sounds like a CW offering come to think of it. It relies on quite a lot of CGI for the action but, while seldom boring, it also fails to completely engage. We are given Characterization Light so as to speed us along to the next action sequence lest we get bored, left with the feeling that we'll get more in depth stuff once the series starts up. Oh well.
Quirky indie adaptations are becoming a new trend in filmmaking. While it traditionally costs a lot of money to adapt a book, television show, graphic novel, or blog into a film, indies are relying more and more on quirk and fantastical premises to push through popular media. Between this film and "John Dies at the End," it's clear that these films aren't going anywhere, anytime soon.
Read more at http://www.bluefairyblog.com/reviews/2015/8/30/odd-thomas
Fun, mildly exciting and surprisingly moving for a film that seems like it would be half-baked. It's certainly fun to watch and worthwhile. Nice CGI special effects.
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