Movie review by Dennis D. McDonald
ODD THOMAS is made up of elements we’ve seen before in movies like Donnie Darko, The Sixth Sense, and The Frighteners. A young quirky hero, cursed with clairvoyance, senses something awful is about to happen. He stumbles about trying to do something about it.
What makes the movie enjoyable despite its familiarity are the characters, the dialog, and some very well scripted action sequences. The lead characters played by Anton Yelchin (Checkov in the last two Star Trek movies) and Addison Timlin (as “Stormy”) are very well acted and have a lot of quirky chemistry. Willem Dafoe as the sympathetic sherrif, playing against type, adds a touch of whimsical gravitas. Add in some top notch CGI and creature effects and we have a good if somewhat familiar comedy/horror/adventure film that entertains.
Review copyright © 2014 by Dennis D. McDonald. Dennis is an independent project management consultant based in Alexandria, Virginia. He has worked throughout the U.S. and in Europe, Egypt, and China. His clients for project planning and project management have included the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Environmental Protection Agency, the World Bank, AIG, ASHP, and the National Library of Medicine. In addition to consulting company ownership and management his experience includes database publishing and data transformation, integration of large systems, corporate technology strategy, social media adoption, statistical research, and IT cost analysis. His web site is located at www.ddmcd.com and his email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. On Twitter he is @ddmcd. Review copyright (c) 2014 by Dennis D. McDonal