Sunday, February 23, 2014

Odd Thomas

Odd Thomas (Anton Yelchin) lives up to his name.  He's not a normal kid.  He sees dead people, which helps him track down those responsible for their deaths, and allows them the peace to move on to the afterlife.  (Sound familiar?)   And he also sees evil creatures invisible to others who gravitate towards the damned, thus giving him a heads up to possibly prevent unnecessary harm.  Willem Dafoe adds street cred (but not a whole lot more than that) as the police chief who knows of Odd Thomas' sixth sense.

Based on a best-selling Dean Koontz novel, though it sounds more like a rip off of M. Night Shyamalan's classic, it's actually less creepy and more geek teen friendly.  It's actually pretty fun and filled with potential, much like a reasonably decent network TV pilot.  But unfortunately it didn't finish as strong as I'd hoped.  Though I'd sure be down for a sequel with a little more money put into it!

'Odd Thomas' is now available on Video on Demand.

Grade: B+

Who is this movie for?  This one's for those of you that appreciate all those cheesy made for TV movies based on Dean Koontz and Stephen King novels, and maybe those that miss 'Heroes' on TV (which apparently is coming back for 13 episodes and a new cast.)

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