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Issue: Autumn 2014

Odd Thomas (2013) movie review

Oddball Horror

A couple is embracing in the night. In the distance a woman screams.

That must be for you.

Odd Thomas is a young man who believes in staying under the radar. He can see the dead, and he has a great girlfriend, so he doesn't really any other excitement in his life.

Stephen Somers (The Mummy) brings the Dean Koontz novel to the big screen in a heart-warming horror story.

Yes, that's right. Real people we can care about, good versus evil that doesn't follow a formula although, yes, there are running blondes in short shorts.

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Movie poster, Odd Thomas

There aren't any deep metaphors, although good/evil lends itself to those who care for such things. What there is in this film is people who we like, people who care, and people we care about.

Odd Thomas is noble in his choice to stand and fight, and we want him to win, and we watch as he moves towards that goal.

A very satisfying film.

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by Ali Kayn
Australian release 28 February 2014
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Title: Odd Thomas (2013)
Written by: Stephen Sommers (scr); Dean Koontz (novel)
Directed by: Stephen Sommers
Running time: mins

The Players: Anton Yelchin, Ashley Sommers, Willem Dafoe

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