Friday, April 27, 2012

The Omen (2006)

The opportunists at 20th Century Fox were finally given the perfect excuse for a major Hollywood remake on 6/6/2006, the day the Antichrist was reborn. THE OMEN comes as close to being a shot-for-shot remake as any film since Gus Van Sant's PSYCHO, which makes the motives behind the film's making that much more clear. None of the deaths serve to shock or surprise, when they are all taken directly from the original without any reworking. John Moore directs based on David Seltzer's earlier screenplay as well, with few variations. Just in case anyone had any doubts after the ambiguous ending of Richard Donner's film, Moore has hired the evilest looking actor he could possibly find to fill the role of Damien. This, along with the unnecessary nightmare sequences, strips away what little mystery and suspense were left. Instead, we are left with a boring retread of the same exact film as played by a half-hearted cast. Moore has given us no reason to choose to watch his version over the original, so it is best left forgotten.

Rating: 7/10.



  1. I agree this is best left forgotten, it serves absolutely no purpose. The creepy Damien was good, but everyone else was boring. I really missed Patrick Troughton. Did you mean to give it a 7/10? I'd be no more inclined to give this a flat 5.

  2. For me, pointless and terrible have to be scored separately. Was it decently made? Sure, a bit pretentious if anything, but I'd still rate it a C(-) despite its inherent flaws. Here, the review holds infinitely more weight than the film score, itself. Thanks for reading!

  3. I've always hated Julia Stiles - so watching her meet an end in this movie carried with it a very special kind of joy.

  4. Her overacting reached its peak in Dexter, at least they had the sense to end her involvement after the fifth season.


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