The Omen (2006)

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5.0 Overall Score
Story: 4/10
Acting: 7/10
Visuals: 6/10

Good cast

Didn't change up the story enough

 
Movie Info

Movie Name:  The Omen

Studio:  20th Century Fox

Genre(s):  Horror

Release Date(s):  June 6, 2006

MPAA Rating:  R

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Don’t hate me because I’m evil…

When the son of Robert Thorn (Liev Schreiber) is stillborn, Robert is secretly convinced to take in an orphaned child without telling his wife Katherine (Julia Stiles).  As their child Damian (Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick) ages, Robert and Katherine both begin to see differences with him…and horrific accidents surrounding their lives.  Robert is contacted by a priest named Father Brennan (Pete Postlethwaite) who seems to know the truth about Damian.  Robert is on a race against time with a photographer named Keith Jennings (David Thewlis), who fears he’ll be the next victim, to uncover if Damian could actually be the Antichrist.

Directed by John Moore, The Omen is a remake of the 1976 Richard Donner movie.  The movie’s marketing campaign based itself around the release on June 6, 2006 (aka 6/6/6…which features into the story heavily).  The film fared decently in the theater, but was met with mostly negative reviews by critics who felt it didn’t compare to the original film.

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I wonder what’s going to happen!?!?!

The Omen was a classic.  I can admit that though the Omen was quite creepy and the almost Rube Goldberg type deaths were fun, it wasn’t the best movie and featured some really slow pacing and so-so storytelling.  Instead of improving on this, the new Omen film just made the same mistakes with less style and vision.

The story is a very tense story on paper…the only hope for humanity is to kill a child that could bring about the end of the world and the only person who can kill him is the person that raised him as his son.  The first movie was quite slow and deliberate, but a bit too slow.  Here the process is sped up a bit, but there are no surprises since even the deaths match up with the original for the most part.  If you haven’t seen the original Omen, there could be some surprises, but it seems to me that the movie would be pretty predictable even then.

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I’m the original Damian…and I was wondering why you are remaking this?

The one thing that the movie does have going for it is a great cast.  I love Liev Schreiber and Julia Stiles who both always seem to bring a bit more depth to their roles than other actors.  Both roles were highly coveted and had many actors up for them…Pierce Brosnan and Jim Carrey for Roberta and Hope Davis, Laura Linney, and Alicia Witt for Katherine.  Mia Farrow was wanted for the film and surprised some by taking the role as the crazed nanny.  Pete Postlethwaite, Michael Gambon, and David Thewlis round out the cast nicely and add some depth to the shallow story.  Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick just doesn’t have the original Damian’s creepy factor, but does a nice job.  The movie does also features a small appearance from the 1976 Omen’s original Damian Harvey Stephens as one of the reporters questioning Schreiber about his nanny’s death.

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Off with his head!

With movies like Final Destination taking the deaths from The Omen series and upping the odds, it just doesn’t feel like this version of The Omen went far enough.  Other than the death in the car, there aren’t any “new” deaths and most of the deaths are just rehash of the deaths from the original film.  Things like Thewlis’ beheading however don’t just reach the shock level of the original’s style and look.

The Omen isn’t a horrible movie, but it is a movie you watch and say “Why?” if you saw the original.  I recommend checking out the original movie…and maybe the first sequel, but I can’t really recommend this Omen for scares or shock…it’s just extremely average horror with an above average cast.

Related Links:

The Omen (1976)

Damien:  Omen II (1978)

Omen III:  The Final Conflict (1981)

Omen IV:  The Awakening (1991)

Author: JPRoscoe View all posts by
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