Monday, November 5, 2007

The Omen (2006)

Fear 2/5
Gore 2/5
Entertainment 3/5
Creepiness 1/5
Nightmares 1/5

And the remake train keeps a rollin' on. It would be hard to screw up The Omen as long as the story was kept in tact since the original was so good. And, thankfully, the producers of the 2006 (30 years later) remake have done just that . . . which of course begs the question "what's the point then?"

The point seems to be to make money basically since the story remains almost exactly the same as the original (right down to certain scenes being nearly frame for frame duplicates). And what better movie to release than this on 6/6/06? Besides, I don't really have an opinion on the motivation as long as I am entertained and I was here.

If you are unfamiliar, the story is pretty basic: When the son of a U.S. ambassador dies at birth, the hospital priest offers to "replace" the child with an orphaned one in the hospital whose mother just dies at birth. Both children were born at 6 am on June 6th (get it?). The Ambassador, not wanting to break his wife's heart (she didn't know the child had died) accepts the offer and they raise the son as their own.

What they don't know is the circumstances surrounding the birth of the child they secretly adopted (which is really never explained in the film, though it is alluded to that the mother was an animal and not a human being). What they also don't know is that the child is Satan come to Earth to destroy mankind and usher in Armageddon. I know, I know, sounds like a King Diamond album.

It feels like there was a lot of care taken to preserve the integrity of the original plot and I never felt insulted by any attempts to "outdo" the original. Aside from a spectacularly gory beheading scene, there really isn't a lot of blood here which is good - it would have been unnecessary. I like that the people in charge realized this. There is also a great scene in a graveyard filled with fog and inverted crosses. It's spooky and has a couple of tremendous scares that work pretty well. And it looks like a Slayer album cover.

I'm not so sure I buy Liev Schrieber and Julia Stiles (who looks more and more like a Himalayan cat every time I see her), but Pete Postelthwaite is amazing as always as is David Thewlis. So overall, I dug this. Check it out.

- Complaint Dept

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