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Friday, April 4, 2014

Blu-ray Review - Odd Thomas

Odd Thomas now available on DVD and Blu-ray!

One of Dean Koontz' most interesting creations has finally been committed to film with Odd Thomas but is it a worthy adaptation of the much loved series of books?   Thanks to a pitch perfect cast, yes it is.

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Odd Thomas is a line cook who can see dead people and weird creatures called Bodacks that signify major tragedies.  Odd must team up with his charming girlfriend Stormy and the local sheriff to stop a disaster.

Stephen Sommers (The Mummy, Van Helsing) is no stranger to sweeping action adventures with horror elements but his earlier films have been heavy on scope light on character.  Odd Thomas is the exact opposite.  It's a smaller more intimate film than his other works of late.   There are still some big set pieces but for the most part this is a character driven piece.

It's the characters here that really bring this movie to life.  Anton Yelchin is wonderfully quirky as Odd and brings him from the page to the screen perfectly.  One of the most important elements of the book is the relationship between Odd and Stormy.  I'm happy to say that that relationship is presented wonderfully.  The chemistry and interactions between Yelchin and Addison Timlin, who plays Stormy, are great.  They were definitely my favorite part of the film.

The effects are good, not spectacular, but good.  There is still a little bit of Sommers silliness at work but it really doesn't take away from the movie.  Any negative aspect, and there really isn't much to pick at, is forgiven by the wonderful performances from the cast.

Unfortunately, I think this movie was largely swept under the rug do to the subject matter surrounding the climax of the film which is why it's landing on video so quickly.  That's a shame because it really is a fun film that I think could launch an entertaining franchise, or better yet a television series.

Still, you can see it now and it's definitely worth your time and money to check it out on blu-ray.  The picture and sound are top notch but the disc is featureless which is a shame.  The movie deserves to be seen and hopefully it can get some cult status on video because I would love to see the further adventures of Odd Thomas!

Odd Thomas is available on Blu-ray now!

8/10 Bodachs!

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