" I see dead people. But then, by God, I do something about it."
– Odd Thomas
Odd Thomas is a thriller by writer Dean Koontz, published in 2003. The novel derives its title from the protagonist, a twenty-year-old short-order cook named Odd Thomas. The book was applauded by critics and it went on to become a New York Times Bestseller. Following the success of the novel, several sequels, Two graphic-novel prequels, a special short novel and now a feature length movie were then created. It's the movie we'll be discussing here.
Stephen Sommers’ latest supernatural thriller has not been able to get a theatrical release due to a couple of lawsuits and drawn out legal battles, but it has finally been picked up by Image entertainment and made a premiere at this year’s Toronto After Dark film festival. Fans of the novel are claiming it stays true to significant portions of the source material.
With a script originally endorsed by Koontz himself, and a cast that includes Anton Yelchin (Odd Thomas), Willem Dafoe as Wyatt Porter Addison Timlin as Stormy Llewellyn Patton Oswalt as Ozzie P. Boone this definitely sounds good to me.
I mean it has a guy that can see the dead and he also sees shadowy figures that normally lurk around people that will cause deaths or will die. They are called bodachs and feed on the pain of others. Odd is a short-order cook at a breakfast joint in Pico Mundo. His girlfriend is nicknamed Stormy and Little Ozzie is his best friend. Odd leads a simple life because he has to, since he finds the job of speaking to the lingering dead complicated enough.
Unfortunately, things take a turn for the worse when Odd notices a massive amount of bodachs gravitating to a strange man nicknamed “Fungus Bob.” (Shuler Hensley). Although bodachs are invisible to everyone else besides Odd. This convinces Odd to investigate Fungus Bob before tragedy can hit the small town of Pico Mundo.
According to everything I've read fans of the popular book series by Dean Koontz will actually enjoy seeing his beloved characters come to life on the big screen; whereas, newcomers are not so enthused by it's peculiar and uneven tone.
Here is part of a review written by Serena Whitney on Dread Central
As far as acting and casting goes, Yelchin is the perfect choice for the geeky yet "oddly" attractive protagonist and is able to capture the spirit of Odd Thomas to even the most miniscule detail. "Californication's" Timlin also gives an endearing performance as Odd's faithful sidekick/girlfriend, Stormy—despite being overly sexualized to meet Hollywood’s standards. Last but not least, Dafoe unsurprisingly steals every scene he is in with his small but pivotal role.
In spite of the big name talent involved in this project, "Odd Thomas" is not without its problems. First off, fans of the novel will be disappointed by the lack of Elvis—which may not seem like a huge grievance to newcomers but will feel like a slap in the face to fans. Also, a lot of the snappy dialogue from the book is lost in translation as it comes off a little too fast-paced, corny and “Dawson’s Creek-y” for this reviewer’s likings. Lastly, despite the over usage of CGI and a weird cameo appearance by The Mummy’s Arnold Vosloo, Odd Thomas, oddly enough, does not feel like a Stephen Sommers film. We do get a strong beginning and climax, but the entire second act lacks Sommers’ flair for entertaining action, and because of that it slightly loses it steam at the halfway mark."
Overall, Odd Thomas is still an engaging and witty addition to the Toronto After Dark lineup this year.
You can read the full review here-
Despite all this I'm intrigued and as Stormy would say- "Loop me in, Odd One."
So what do you think? Are you a fan of the books? Do you think Odd has got problems? Let me know below.