Some movies are just weird. So weird you don’t really enjoy (Lost Highway for me) then there’s weird like Donnie Darko and John Dies At The End that just don’t really fit into any genre. They kind of melt away the flesh of many genre’s to make a gooey delightful mess of the traditional film narrative. Odd Thomas does this and does it very well.
The story of Odd Thomas is based on a Dean Koontz book, which admiringly, I have not read. The story unfolds with Odd Thomas, a kid that has the special ability to see creatures that thrive on death, not just death, but gruesome deaths. He also can see the dead and though they can’t talk to him, they help him solve some unsolved mysteries about their deaths. Well when he see’s creatures swarming all over his little town he knows something big is coming, and Odd and his girlfriend have to find out what in order to stop it.
The film was written and directed by Stephen Sommers, and stars Anton Yelchin as Odd Thomas, Addison Timlin as Odd’s long time girlfriend Stormy, and Willem Dafoe as Odd’s go to guy on the police force, Chief Porter.
The story is well laid out, giving you little pieces of the mysteries and allows you to scrape them up as Odd does, so you don’t get to ahead of the story. There are some really cool action sequences with some cool camera tricks thrown in. This is a love story, action movie, thriller, suspense, horror, and comedy film all rolled neatly into one.
I don’t know about you, but some films really take ahold of me and I emotionally get involved. It’s rare, but it happens. I mean I don’t cry or yell at the screen, but I really feel the characters, root for them, and get ensconced in their lives. Odd Thomas got me to that place. These characters draw you into their strange tale like few movies do. instead of evaluating the movie as a reviewer, I was able to put that aside and enjoy the film.
In most mystery flicks, I can put the pieces together about half-way through the film and tell someone sitting next to me who the killer is (they wanna punch me most of the time) but this wasn’t the case with Odd Thomas. Either the story was that well written that it was my cryptonite, or I was fully immersed in the story that I didn’t want to look ahead, fascinated on the moment in front of me and not trying to figure things out. Either which way, it’s a good thing.
The cast is incredible, Anton Yelchin is so charismatic as Odd that you just want to make sure everything turns out for him. Addison Timlin is the perfect girlfriend, cute, adorable, and loving, someone that any guy would want on his arm and the two of them together is just pure gold. Willem Dafoe is well, Willem Dafoe, one of the coolest actors alive today.
If you are on the boarder weather to grab your copy or not, you are nuts. This is one for your library slipped neatly in between Donnie Darko and your copy of John Dies At The End.
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