Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Omen 3: The Final Conflict (1981)

The battle between good and evil will now be decided in THE OMEN 3: THE FINAL CONFLICT! Damien Thorn has eased his way in to political power through the international peace missions of his company, Thorn Industries, but with each step closer to the presidency, Damien's plans for world domination near completion. There is only one power that can stop him now: The second coming of Christ, whose rebirth is marked by the alignment of three stars in the heavens. Now, Damien seeks to destroy The Nazarene while corrupting as many souls as he can in the process!

Director Graham Baker follows the same relaxed pace in THE FINAL CONFLICT as we have seen in the first two OMEN films, but unfortunately, his timely approach never pays off. There is no 'final conflict,' as the title suggests. Instead, the series stops short with a disappointing and anticlimactic finale. That isn't to say that this third entry is entirely without merit, however. Sam Neill steps straight out of the Book of Revelations with his frightening portrayal of the Antichrist. He is handsome and charming, yet behind every crooked smile, we can see his sinister intent. Neill delivers several earth-shattering monologues that are sure to make even non-believers uncomfortable. THE FINAL CONFLICT also boasts some of the darkest moments in the series, including Damien's plan to rid England of all male children born on March 24th in the hopes of killing the Christ child. As the closing chapter to the original lineage, THE OMEN 3 is a worthwhile addition to the series, though the abrupt ending and condensed storytelling leave something to be desired.

Rating: 7/10.



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1 comment:

  1. This movie has better moments than the second and fourth films. But, I still have to ask something...

    The ending of the 1st film sets up Damien with the U.S. President.

    The second film has him be adopted by someone else, completely-dropping that storyline.

    This film has him become the U.S. Ambassador to England, apparently the high rank that the Anti-Christ needed to rise to power.

    Want to run that by me again?!? How did a shocking ending get so deflated and neutered?

    Seriously, can you name the U.S. Ambassador to England off of the top of your head? Didn't think so.

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