Odd is a simple short-order cook in a small California town. Except that he sees dead people. Using his clairvoyant abilities for good, Odd tries to bring justice to those were murdered. But while Odd believes his unique abilities keep him in control he is about to tangle with a force that just might prove him wrong.
Anton Yelchin (Odd), Addison Timlin (Stormy), Nico Tortorella (Officer Varner), Willem Dafoe (Chief Porter), Kyle McKeever (Officer Eckles), Shuler Hensley (Bob Robertson), Ashley Sommers (Penny), Matthew Page (Harlo).
Odd Thomas begins with some character development of Odd, and some explanation of his special abilities. From there the film smoothly transitions into the main plot which is, not surprisingly, odd. It is also somewhat original and quite entertaining. The film builds suspense well and toward the end starts throwing in some nicely done twists which is also when we fully realize the complexity of the plot.
Acting was well done with Yelchin and Timlin both delivering solid performances, working together with seemingly good chemistry, and somehow presenting an interesting innocence. Dafoe was a good addition and added nicely to the film. Hensley, Sommers, and the remainder of the supporting cast also did a good job.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were all good and the film appeared to have had a decent budget. Physical effects were good with a fairly realistic feel. CGI was interesting, and somewhat unrealistic, but fit the film well. Dialogue was silly, entertaining, and explained a fair amount of the film. Sound and soundtrack were both well done.
Overall Odd Thomas is an enjoyable, somewhat quirky, supernatural comedy. Or is it a thriller? Horror? It is all of those and yet is still hard to define. Fans of unusual, unique films with high production quality will enjoy this the most. Those hoping for an Indie film will be disappointed.
With some sexuality, horror, gore, violence, and disturbing images, save this for older teens and above.
Star rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: Comedies, Thrillers, Horror Movies, Mysteries, Supernatural Thrillers
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