The Omen – USA, 2006 – reviews

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The Omen is a 2006 American supernatural horror feature film directed by John Moore from a screenplay written by David Seltzer. It is a remake of the 1976 film The Omen. The movie stars Liev Schreiber, Julia Stiles, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick and David Thewlis.

Plot:

A new age of evil threatens to arise when an American diplomat (Liev Schreiber) and his wife (Julia Stiles) learn that the child (Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick) they adopted may be the son of Satan. Mystical signs point to the Antichrist’s coming battle for dominion over heaven and Earth…

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“Competently made, and enjoyably played. But you do really end up wondering what the point was. Cinematic déjà vu is the most likely response.” Empire

“Moore didn’t mess with a classic, like Poseidon did — he’s paying homage to it. I mean, no one stages Hamlet if they don’t love the play, and not to make this Omen sound heavier than it is, cuz it’s just a cool and creepy movie, but it’s kinda like that. It’s not deep or important or challenging — it’s cinematic comfort food.” Flick Filospher

” …there is the bloodless Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick as the black-haired Damien who seems ready to smile at the most inappropriate moments. Liev Schreiber in the Peck role isn’t badly cast but he doesn’t show the determination or will to make things right – someone like Liam Neeson might’ve been a better choice.” Jerry Saravia on Cinema

“It’s professionally made and the acting is good overall (it’s tough to grasp Schreiber in Peck’s role, I will admit). Much like the original movie, the original score is damn near untouchable, but the more modern track really works with the film and there’s a lot of pounding.” Oh, the Horror!

“All of this is done with mood and style by director John Moore, who knows that the story itself is engrossing enough that we don’t need “X-Men” stuff in the visuals. Liev Schreiber is, I think, a good choice for Ambassador Thorn; he is readier to fear the worst than Gregory Peck…” Roger Ebert

“Irish director John Moore once again blands out everything he touches. All except for Mia Farrow as Damien’s nut-job nanny. After mothering her demon seed in Rosemary’s Baby, Farrow seems delighted to be back on devil duty. She’s the only life in a DOA movie…” Rolling Stone

” …there are no surprises for anyone who’s seen the earlier version, and younger horror fans may find the modest body count and restrained gore unsatisfying.” TV Guide

“A completely faithful remake, The Omen is more concerned with building-up tension, believable characters, and subtle moments of suspense rather than piling on the special effects or gore scenes (not to say the deaths aren’t good when they occur) and it works to give the movie a sense of urgency that keeps you interested.” The Video Graveyard

Cast and characters:

  • Liev Schreiber … Robert Thorn
  • Julia Stiles … Katherine Thorn
  • Mia Farrow … Mrs. Baylock
  • Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick … Damien Thorn
  • David Thewlis … Keith Jennings
  • Pete Postlethwaite … Father Brennan
  • Michael Gambon … Bugenhagen
  • Giovanni Lombardo Radice … Father Spiletto

Filming locations:

Czech Republic
Dublin, Ireland
Rome, Italy

Technical details:

110 minutes
Audio: Dolby | DTS | SDDS
Aspect Ratio: 1.85: 1

Release:

The Omen remake was released worldwide on June 6, 2006 — the date intentionally reflecting the purported Number of the Beast, 666.

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