Review 188: Odd Thomas (2013)
I am extremely saddened about Anton Yelchin’s death. I’ve really only seen a few movies with him in it. However, Green Room is one of my favorites from this year and he is fantastic. I also love him as Chekov in the newer Star Trek films. I am going to work my way through some of his films and I decided to start with Odd Thomas. I really enjoyed the film and it managed to make me cry. I give Odd Thomas the Not Quite Golden, Ponyboy rating.
Odd Thomas (Anton Yelchin) is a short order cook that has clairvoyant abilities that he uses to right wrongs. It sounds strange, but it’s business as usually for Odd. That is, until a strange man shows up with links to dark forces, and Odd is forced to figure out what’s happening.
Written and directed by Stephen Sommers, who also wrote and directed The Mummy and The Mummy Returns, did a great job with this film. The story is based on the Dean Koontz novel, which I’ve never read but may now. It’s very interesting and is super enjoyable.
Anton Yelchin is fantastic in this film. He plays the character in such a fun and powerful way. Willem Dafoe plays Chief Wyatt Porter who assist Odd with his quest. It is one of the few times I remember seeing Dafoe actually play a character that seems happy. Their chemistry is great in the film. Addison Timlin plays Stormy Llewellyn. Stormy and Odd are destined to be together forever. Their love story is sweet and really works as the B-story of the film.
I really love how the film manages action and comedy into this very dark and scary plot. It takes itself seriously and it works. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this film and is one I’ll likely watch again. It is currently streaming on Netflix so if you like Yelchin and horror comedies it’s one you should watch.