Thursday, May 8, 2014

Odd Thomas (2014)

Number Rolled: 98
Movie Name/Year: Odd Thomas (2014)
Genre: Thriller
Length: 96 minutes
Rating: NR
Director: Stephen Sommers
Writer: Stephen Sommers, Dean R. Koontz
Actors: Anton Yelchin, Ashley Sommers, Addison Timlin, Nico Tortorella, Willem Dafoe, Kyle McKeever, Carmen Corley, Maisha Diatta, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Jack Justice, Robin Lanning, Shuler Hensley, Arnold Vosloo, Morse Bicknell, Laurel Harris, Melissa Ordway, Patton Oswalt, Kyle T. Cowan

Odd Thomas lives up to his name. In a small town populated by mostly ordinary people, he has the ability to see beyond life. Ghosts go to him, often for help, and he does his best to get them justice for their death. When strange creatures begin appearing, Odd begins to investigate, hoping he’ll be able to find out what they’re so interested in.

This move was absolutely amazing. I think I held my breath through most of it. However, I’d be less likely to put it in the thriller genre and more likely to call it a horror-comedy. There was some good suspense and a large crime-drama feel to parts of it, but the script was hilarious and the supernatural aspects definitely said something different than “thriller” to me.

The actors in the movie were remarkable and the story was so good it’s convinced me to go forth and read Dean Koontz (the author who wrote the book this movie was based on).

You should know that this movie only had a limited release and was on DVD less than a month later. I assume that’s because critics panned it. Keep in mind: although the critics seemed to hate it, the audience voted very differently on We all know why, too. Critics have a deceptively hard time getting the stick out of their asses long enough to give any movie with financial issues half a shot. Odd Thomas simply wasn’t one of the lucky ones that got a chance.

I’d advise anyone with interest in supernatural stories to watch this movie ASAP.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 34%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 66%

Netflix’s Prediction for Me – 4.9/5
Trust-the-Dice Score5/5

The Random Rating: PG-13 bordering on R. This one is difficult to come up with a rating for. There are more than a couple of violent moments. They’re mostly moderate, but there are two scenes I can think of that up the gore factor significantly. There is no nudity.

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