A few years ago, I borrowed my sister’s copy of the Dean Koontz novel, Odd Thomas. Unfortunately, I have the memory of a half-dead goldfish, so I really can’t remember anything other than, well, the title of the book. This actually turned out to be a good thing because it allowed me to have a clear head and an open mind when going into Stephen Sommers’ film adaptation of the same story.
Odd Thomas stars some very familiar faces, including the ever-impressive Willem Dafoe and the perhaps lesser known Anton Yelchin (Fright Night). Odd Thomas (Yelchin) is a short-order cook at a diner who just so happens to have the ability to see some pretty evil beings, which he calls ‘bodachs,’ that no one else seems to notice at all.
Anton Yelchin does a wonderful job being charmingly strange and is a perfect fit for this type of character. His take on ‘the Odd one’ is actually not much different than his rendition of Charlie Brewster in the 2011 Fright Night remake, bringing his special form of nerdiness to the screen without actually being that much of a nerd… make sense?
His chemistry with castmate Addison Timlin, who plays his girlfriend, Stormy, is refreshingly wonderful and their playful back-and-forth banter manages to keep the feel of the film rather light, as if the actors are the witty couple in real life that they play in front of the camera.
This film is rather heavy on the CG, but I feel as if it was pulled off perfectly and adds the perfect touch to the film and the story in general.
If you’re a manly-man and all you look for in horror films is a blood and gore show, you can skip right over Stephen Sommers’ novel-to-film adaptation. If, on the other hand, you are looking for a lighter horror flick that makes you run the emotional gamut, from joy to heartache, do yourself a favor and go see Odd Thomas, officially releasing tomorrow, March 25.
I absolutely love this film and give it 4.5 bodachs out of 5.