The Omen

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Even with the force of a "classic" behind it, remake fever can't hold up the hollowness of this style-drenched Omen.

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The prophecy from the Book of Revelation provides a map to a terrifying future. The passage specifically points to the arrival of the Anti-Christ and the beginning of Armageddon. Robert Thorn, a senior American diplomat, has other things on his mind. His wife, Katherine, who had suffered two previous miscarriages, has endured yet another unsuccessful delivery, but she's unaware their newborn child has died. The hospital priest, Father Spiletto, presents Thorn with another child born that night, whose mother died in childbirth. The priest compels Thorn to take the infant boy as his own. Katherine will never know the truth. Katherine embraces the child as her own, blossoming in motherhood. Thorn's career ascends. He becomes the U.S. ambassador to Great Britain, and the family settles into an estate outside London. But certain disturbing events seem to revolve around the now five-year-old Damien. The boy's nanny hangs herself at his birthday party; a strange priest brings dire warnings to Thorn; a children's trip to the zoo results in a panicked frenzy; Damien becomes hysterical during a drive to church; and blurred movements in a series of photographs portend shocking deaths. Then tragedy strikes closer to home. It's apparent that Damien is the long-prophesized Anti-Christ. Now, Thorn must make the ultimate sacrifice to prevent the unspeakable terror that awaits the world.

Cast

Julia Stiles
as Katherine Thorn
Liev Schreiber
as Robert Thorn
Mia Farrow
as Mrs. Baylock
David Thewlis
as Jennings
Pete Postlethwaite
as Father Brennan
Michael Gambon
as Bugenhagen
Amy Huck
as Nanny
Carlo Sabatini
as Cardinal Fabretti
Reggie Austin
as Tom Portman
Baby Zikova
as Damien - Newborn
Richard Rees
as Hugh Greer
Baby Morvas
as Damien - Newborn
Pedja Bjelac
as Vatican Observatory Priest
Giovanni Lombardo Radice
as Father Spiletto
Baby Muller
as Damien - Newborn
Tomas Wooler
as Damien (2 years old)
Baby Litera
as Damien - Newborn
Tomas Wooller
as Damien - 2 Years Old
Rafael Sallas
as Rome Embassy Marine
Marshall Cupp
as Ambassador Steven Haines
Vince Valituti
as Birthday Party Photographer
Martin "Mako" Hindy
as Haines' Limo Driver
Klára Low
as Mom at Birthday Party
Vince "Vinnie" Valitutti
as Birthday Party Photographer
Laurie Tallack
as Tabloid Reporter No. 1
MyAnna Buring
as Tabloid Reporter No. 2
Harvey Stephens
as Tabloid Reporter No. 3
Kammy Darweish
as Saudi Ambassador
Tonya Graves
as Thorn's Secretary
Changa Bell
as London Embassy Guard
Janet Henfrey
as Mrs. Horton
Sara Houghton
as Mom at Zoo
Pavel Cajzl
as Wedding Limo Driver
Nikki Amuka-Bird
as Dr. Becker
Federico Pacifici
as Rome Cab Driver
Alessandra Vanzi
as Elderly Nun
Massimo Bellinzoni
as Subiaco Monk
Vee Vimolmal
as Katherine's Nurse
Joe Towne
as Hospital Guard
Curtis Matthew
as Secret Service Agent
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Critic Reviews for The Omen

All Critics (168) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (44) | Rotten (124)

  • A disastrously miscast remake of the 1976 horror classic, which retains the apocalyptic themes of David Seltzer's original script but renders them dull and fright-free.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Nigel Floyd

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • This new version is an almost scene-for-scene remake, which is good news in the first half and bad news in the torpid second.

    Jun 12, 2006 | Full Review…
  • Not since Gus Van Sant inexplicably directed a shot-by-shot remake of Hitchcock's Psycho has a thriller been copied with so little point or impact.

    Jun 12, 2006 | Rating: 1/4
  • This is one of those movies that profits from very low expectations. If you go in expecting something dreadful, be assured: It's only near dreadful.

    Jun 8, 2006 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • I felt like I was seeing The Da Vinci Code with slightly shadier priests.

    Jun 7, 2006 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
  • John Moore's remake of The Omen rivals Gus Van Sant's Psycho both for its fidelity to the source material and for its utter pointlessness.

    Jun 7, 2006 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

    Nathan Rabin

    AV Club
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Omen

  • Apr 03, 2015
    Fox decided to remake The Omen for the release date 06/06/06, a neat little gimmick. Better yet, they decided to only incorporate the events of the first film, the one that's actually good.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • May 21, 2014
    An intense supernatural thriller, The Omen is a faithful remake that delivers all of the terror of the original. The plot is essentially the same; an American diplomat is unwittingly tricked into adapting a child who turns out to be the Antichrist. Liev Schreiber and Julia Stiles lead the cast and give exceptionally strong performances. The directing is also quite impressive, and is able (through effective pacing and editing) to build tension and suspense especially well. Though it lacks some of the atmosphere of the original, this remake of The Omen is just as powerful.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 12, 2012
    Meh, bad casting was one of the biggest issue here, as well as the outdated filming technique that back fired. I could see a lot of resemblance with the original but it was just not good enough to be compared to the classic. The stupid première date only made the film more notorious
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jun 05, 2012
    Pretty good for a remake especially given how excellent the original was.
    Ed K Super Reviewer

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