The Omen (2006)

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Critic Consensus: 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.
Rating:
R (for disturbing violent content, graphic images and some language.)
Genre:
Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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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
Richard Rees
as Hugh Greer
Baby Zikova
as Damien - Newborn
Pedja Bjelac
as Vatican Observatory Priest
Baby Morvas
as Damien - Newborn
Giovanni Lombardo Radice
as Father Spiletto
Baby Muller
as Damien - Newborn
Tomas Wooler
as Damien (2 years old)
Baby Litera
as Damien - Newborn
Rafael Sallas
as Rome Embassy Marine
Tomas Wooller
as Damien - 2 Years Old
Marshall Cupp
as Ambassador Steven Haines
Martin "Mako" Hindy
as Haines' Limo Driver
Vince Valituti
as Birthday Party Photographer
Klára Low
as Mom at Birthday Party
Laurie Tallack
as Tabloid Reporter No. 1
Vince "Vinnie" Valitutti
as Birthday Party Photographer
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 (162) | Top Critics (41)

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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
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.

Full Review… | June 12, 2006
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

June 12, 2006
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 8, 2006
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

I felt like I was seeing The Da Vinci Code with slightly shadier priests.

Full Review… | June 7, 2006
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Omen

Unnecessary remake of a classic, this version of Richard Donner's The Omen is almost exactly like the original horror classic. The only difference is, is that everything is up to date, style wise, technology wise and so forth. This remake is worthless, and what's surprising is the impressive cast here. Not even a cast like this can save a dull film like this. If you've seen the far superior original directed by Richard Donner, skip this film. I'm actually surprised that with the talent involved, the filmmakers couldn't create a more effective remake. Instead this is a shot for shot clone and it's boring, dull, and above all lacks any real horror because, well it's predictable. There are some remakes that are good, unfortunately this updated version of The Omen isn't one of them. The film is very much like Gus Van Sant's version of Psycho. The reason that this film is terrible is that the film doesn't do anything, besides copying the original. For what it is, this is a mediocre horror film that is somewhat entertaining, but lacks the fire of the classic. The film simply misses the mark, and this the type of film that really puts an emphasis on unoriginality. Despite the cast, this film simply lacked the fire of the original, it's exactly the same film, except it's updated for modern times. The reason the film fails is that we know right from the start what happens, and the payoff just isn't like the original film. If you do watch this, you're watching the same film, minus the original jolts that the classic Omen delivered so well.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

I've not seen the original to be honest, so I can't compare them. I have to say though this was quite slow moving, more creepy than scary. The original has quite a reputation, which might be a little dated now. This just didn't deliver any scares, jumps or action for me, shame as it has a very good cast!

Dean King
Dean King

Super Reviewer

Didn't think it was 26% bad, but it could have been alot better. It has its fair share of good scares though.

Eric Alvarez
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer

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