In a Nutshell: ODD THOMAS
  • Feb 13
  • In a Nutshell: ODD THOMAS
  • Posted by Dorrystavern - 13/02/14 at 09:59 AM

Stephen Sommers isn't used to spending 27 million dollars these days. The Mummy films, Van Helsing and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra cost an estimated 500 million dollars between them. Some might claim that Sommers hasn't made a decent film since 1998's Deep Rising, but even that cost 45 million to make. For a while though, Stephen Sommers was box-office gold. Odd Thomas is his first film in four years. The film - based on the best-selling thriller by Dean Koontz - was delayed indefinitely in July 2013 because of legal action, but it's available now for the first time in the UK. If you loved The Frighteners, chances are you're going to love this too.

Small-town fry cook Odd Thomas (Anton Yelchin) is an ordinary guy with a paranormal secret: he sees dead people, everywhere. When a creepy stranger shows-up with an entourage of ghostly bodachs - predators who feed on pain - Odd knows that his town is in serious trouble. Teaming up with his sweetheart Stormy (Addison Timlin) and the local sheriff (Willem Dafoe), Odd plunges into an epic battle of good vs. evil to try to stop a disaster of apocalyptic proportions.

It's a shame Odd Thomas got held up in legal disputes because this is Stephen Sommers best film in years. There have been several novels in the series so there's plenty of scope for further adventures, though chances are this will be the last we see of him on the big screen. However, maybe there's a home for him on TV, Odd Thomas certainly feels like an extended TV pilot, and I don't mean that in a negative way. The twists and turns come thick and fast, with Yelchin and Timlin proving utterly irresistible throughout. The dialogue is smart and snappy and even Willem Dafoe crops up as Chief Wyatt Porter - what's not to love? Action, comedy and come the film's climax, plenty of heart. Curious? Check it out.

 

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