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Odd Thomas (2013)

Review by CJ

Director:
Stephen Sommers

Starring:
Anton Yelchin, Addison Timlin, Willem Dafoe

Other notable appearances:
Patton Oswalt

Running time:
97 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Supernatural, Stir of Echoes, The Frighteners, Fright Night

 

Odd Thomas (Yelchin) is a short-order cook by day and a psychic by … well, all of the time. With the help, guidance and encouragement of his girlfriend Stormy (Timlin) and friend, police chief Wyatt Porter (Dafoe), Odd helps spirits seek peace so they can cross over.

When a horde of bodachs — spirits drawn to oncoming mayhem and carnage — descends on Odd’s quiet town, it’s up to Odd to figure out what is going to happen and stop it.

Though I haven’t read the books upon which Odd Thomas is based, I thoroughly enjoyed this film.

The plot of Odd Thomas is interesting and stands alone well. It is engaging enough that I was left wanting to know more about what happens, what has happened and what could happen. This has definitely made me want to start reading the novel series by Dean Koontz.

Anton Yelchin excels in his role as the titular character and plays well off of both Timlin and Dafoe.

The main characters in Odd Thomas are all likeable. This is due in no small part to the rapport the actors have with each other and the way the character interactions are written.

I loved the design of the bodachs. They’re creepy, crawly and utterly parasitic. They have the perfect look to portray all of this.

Odd Thomas is a delightful combination of the macabre and humour that’s sure to please viewers who like their comedies a bit creepy and a bit kooky.

Rating:

“My name is Odd Thomas, though in this age when fame is the alter at which most people worship, I’m not sure why you should care.”

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2 Comments on Odd Thomas (2013)

  1. I agree. Its bittersweet now that Anton is gone, but a really likable horror story.

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