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½ August 30, 2016
Odd Thomas (Anton Yelchin) truly lives up to his name. He lives a mostly normal life working as a line cook at a diner in Pico Mundo. His girlfriend Stormy (Addison Timlin) works at a local ice cream shop, and everyone who knows the couple agrees they are meant to be together. But Odd has an unusual gift that constantly complicates his simple little life. Odd can see dead people.

The film opens with Odd seeing the walking corpse of a young woman. Rather than ignore the dead, Odd follows their lead and acts to bring justice to the people who killed them. In this case, the young woman leads Odd to the man who raped and killed her. Odd confronts the man, chases him through a stranger's house, and finally knocks him out. The police chief (Willem Dafoe) knows about Odd's gift and the two often work together to bring wrongdoers to justice, In return, the chief does everything in his power to keep Odd's gift a secret.

One day Odd has a vision that is worse than anything he has ever seen before. He sees the faceless bodies of people in bowling shirts calling out to be saved from a gunman who kills them all. When he sees a strange customer at the diner surrounded by bodachs, invisible creatures that feed on evil and the suffering of others, his worst fears are confirmed. A terrible tragedy is about to take place in Pico Mundo and Odd is the only one who knows about it. Working off his own psychic visions, he must piece together the fragments that he has seen to form a clear picture of what is going to happen. The safety of the entire town depends on it!

Directed by Stephen Sommers (The Mummy, GI Joe: Rise of the Cobra), Odd Thomas is a fairly faithful adaptation of the Dean Koontz novel on which it is based. The quirky, sometimes hodgepodge tone of the book is a great match for Sommer's aesthetic. Yelchin is the perfect choice to play Odd, and the supporting cast of characters do a nice job in bringing life to this difficult story. Like the book, the narrative can often seem disjointed leading to a lack of focus to the main plot. The end of the book contains an emotional punch that does not translate as well to film. Some things just work better on the page. Still, Odd is a unique character, and it is fun to see him race against the clock to save the town that he loves. This film was mired in controversy as a dispute arose between some of the financers. Unfortunately, this delayed the theatrical release and severely hindered any promotional efforts. It was released on Netflix earlier this year to little fanfare. I would encourage any fan of mysteries, thrillers, supernatural fiction, and genre defying stories to check out this gem of a film.
August 29, 2016
Yep, definitely a bit odd.
August 21, 2016
Or was very faithful to the book overall and pretty much exactly how I pictured it as I read it. Anton was great and the movie deserved theater time. I've personally paid good money to see far worse movies.
August 20, 2016
Great book. Good. movie.
August 13, 2016
Odd Thomas benefits from the presence of Anton Yelchin and Willem Dafoe, as well as an interesting premise and some good ideas, but collides with dull narrative and weak suspensful moments, so is an average ride.
August 8, 2016
Loved Anton as odd...thought it represented the book pretty well..
August 1, 2016
Surprisingly Great Movie.
August 1, 2016
Better than normal supernatural thriller
July 23, 2016
The movie is structured and plays out like an episode of Burn Notice, but the main cast is likable enough to make up for most of it's cliches. Anton Yelchin is fantastic RIP.
July 21, 2016
loved this movie wish they would do the rest of the series
July 14, 2016
Half horror, half thriller, and it's a good mix of both.
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July 12, 2016
A very lighthearted approach to some very grim subject matter. But it works.
July 9, 2016
Excellent movie, definitely worth more than the 34%
July 5, 2016
short on odd or indie and high on convention
July 3, 2016
A bit sophomoric in places but also creative, with humor, suspense and emotional range. Willem Dafoe is a pleasure, as always and Anton Yelchin is also solid. A cut above average.
June 29, 2016
A bit too much narrative exposition, the dialogue doesn't particularly feel natural in most situations, and some acting is a but stiff... yet, the story itself is interesting, the creature design is... interesting, and it maintained my attention throughout. The late Anton Yelchin did a great job as well.

The tonal shifts worked well, adding some humor and light-hearted undertones to an ultimately heavy movie. I feel it has been too harshly criticized. It was entertaining and I'd easily recommend it or watch it again.
June 29, 2016
I absolutely loved the books ! This movie not so much.
June 25, 2016
I really liked this one, it's much better than the reviews let on. First of all, I always like a good hooror-comedy, but this is well done for the genre. From Stephen Sommers who directed the "Mummy" series, this one has style and is funny, scary, moving and entertaining. Anton Yelchin was talented for sure, and he shines in this film. If you like the genre, then ignore the critics and check it out!
June 23, 2016
I will start with a recommendation: "go watch it". This movie is definitely worth seeing. I did not red the book , and this movie truly surprised me. The movie unfolds very dynamically. It is not a slow paced movie for sure. The story is also very interesting containing just enough elements to surprise and entertain at the same time. The ending is also done very nicely. The effects are not the best ever seen , but sufficient. The acting was also very good. I admit some of the suporting characters felt a bit dull and may not really believable. But it works. In a nutshell , go watch it and be amazed how good a movie can turn out even if you never heard of it.
June 20, 2016
Odd Thomas is the kind of movie that has such an intriguing premise, but just can't quite capitalize on it upon execution. Based on the first of a series of novels, the film almost plays out like a more comedic version of Donnie Darko if that titular protagonist was a sort of local vigilante, with elements of The Sixth Sense sprinkled in as well. Unfortunately, it just can't tap into the same sort of creativity that made both of those films so memorable. The plot is often nonsensical, and scenes revealing key elements of the mysterious plot don't add up as clearly as they probably should. However, the way that the worldbuilding and rules are already established in this universe is a nice change of pace: this leads to lots of voiceover narration, sure, but it's handled well. The visual effects are iffy: it's understandable for all of the creatures to be CG creations, and they look fine, but the constant broken windows and blood spurts that are also CGI are simply distracting.

Where Odd Thomas really shines is in its characters, namely Odd Thomas and Stormy Llewellyn. Amidst all of the supernatural forces at work in this story, the driving force behind this movie is this relationship, and the film handles it very well. The two characters work well with one another, and their relationship is believable. While Addison Timlin doesn't give a particularly goundbreaking performance, she shares great chemistry with Anton Yelchin, who is delightful as always. Yelchin finds a perfect mix of deadbeat humor and seriousness, and he breathes a lot of humility and relatability into his character. In terms of other performances, the only other one of note is Willem Dafoe, who is solid in his limited screentime.

For all of its faults, Odd Thomas isn't a bad time. The convoluted plot will be a turn off for lots of people, but if you can manage to tolerate the illogical nature of many of the plot points, the film is worth watching for the character relationships and Anton Yelchin's solid performance.
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