Odd Thomas Review

Odd Thomas (2013)

Starring: Anton Yelchin, Willem Dafoe, Leonor Varela
Directed by: Steve Sommers

Odd Thomas is quirky. Both the movie itself and its titular character, a clairvoyant short-order cook in a California desert town who encounters a strange man with a serious link to dark, malevolent forces.

Based off the novel by Dean Koontz, Odd Thomas is what I would like to call a damn good adaptation. That being said, I don't mean it's 100% true to the book and that fan boys and girls everywhere should hold hands and sing and rejoice in its glory. I mean it's just a really fucking good and enjoyable movie that raises the bar of PG-13 horror. It's very story driven (and again, PG-13), so don't expect a lot of serious gore or violence. There's some fisticuffs action and some blood, dead bodies, a mutilated ghost and a LOT creepy crawlies attracted to pending destruction and pain called "Bodachs", but long story short, I actually watched this with my kids and they loved it. If you're really worried about language, then be aware there's some s-bombs and whatnot peppered throughout the movie, but hey, that's why I watched it with my kids.

Anyway, this movie had a great cast. A few recognizable faces help to attract viewers, but what really makes the movie is the fact that there's no solid "best", they were all enjoyable to watch. Anton Yelchin was definitely the man for the role of Odd. I loved his performance almost above Willem Dafoe's police chief (and believe you me, when I say I enjoyed someone's performance even almost over Willem, that's saying something special).

Riddled throughout the story arc is some decent humor and red herrings to keep you guessing as to what's really going on in town. The lack of gore could disappoint some, but given the chance, the good CG and practical special effects and character development more than makes up for what could have been a damn good R-rated movie.

The general atmosphere of Odd Thomas gives it a bit of a feel-good horror atmosphere, similar to movies like Fido, but with a bit of a twist at the end, it becomes a tear-jerker as well. Overall, I'd say give Odd Thomas a try. Especially if you think all PG-13 horror is garbage. I won't say it'll change your mind, but I will say this may just be the exception to the rule.




Special Effects

Overall Rating: Down to the Bone

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