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DVD Review: ODD THOMAS Tries Hard To Be Quirky - And Fails - Movies In Focus
The release of Odd Thomas was delayed due to legal wrangles and the film arrives on DVD with little fanfare, despite the fact that it was directed by Stephen Sommers, the man responsible for The Mummy and Van Helsing. It’s a film that tries hard to be quirky but it never quite shifts into high gear. Anton Yelchin plays the title character, a short-order cook who ‘sees dead people’. Odd uses his gift to track down evil-doers, aided by his girlfriend Stormy (Addison Timlin) and the local police chief (Willem Dafoe). Odd Thomas isn’t bad, but it’s not particularly good either. It plays like Peter Jackson’s 1996 film, The Frighteners, and like that film it runs a tricky path tonally. Sommers’ film is a little too perky, in fact, one encounter with a serial killing rapist is almost played for laughs, coming in the middle of breezy voiceover. It’s these issues with tone that hinder Odd Thomas, stripping it of any potential pathos. At times the film plays like a pilot episode for a television series, introducing characters and setting the scene for future Odd adventures. We’re repeatedly told throughout the film that something bad is going to happen, but [...]