Movie Review: Odd Thomas (2013)

by StevenHelmer

A review of the 2013 thriller starring Anton Yelchin as an clairvoyant detective.

Synopsis: In addition to having a strange name, Odd Thomas has a unique gift. He is a clairvoyant that can communicate with dead people and, while doing his best to keep his talent a secret, uses his gift to help the local authorities catch criminals.
However, when he has a premonition and begins noticing a large number of bodachs (invisible creatures that feed off of carnage) around town, he knows something bad is about to happen and it is up to him to stop a murderer before he slaughters dozens of people.

Netflix Was Right Again

Several people have recommended this movie to me. However, I didn't take the time to watch it until last night, when Netflix (which I tend to trust more than my family and friends, at least when it comes to movies) had this as one if its recommendations. And, as it turns out, it was right again. This was a fantastic film.

Based on the very limited description, I wasn't really sure what to expect from this movie. I knew it was a thriller. But, I didn't know if it was a thriller with a good plot or a low-budget thriller that relied heavily on cheap scares (cats jumping out of closets, etc) and gratuitous nudity. This is why I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered it fell into the former category.

Yelchin is awesome as the title character because he handles the action scenes and suspense really well while still mixing in plenty of humility and even a bit of a comical side. I personally enjoy how his character, Odd, has to keep his abilities a secret (though there are plenty who suspect he has them) because he doesn't want to end up in an insane asylum like his mom. This does lead to some interesting explanations when he gives the police a tip.

The thing I liked most about this movie had to be the mystery. At first, it appeared Fungus Bob (Hensley) was the main bad guy. But, when he turns up dead, we immediately know there is someone else was involved. And, even though I was able to correctly guess who the main bad guy was (it's a gift), I wasn't really sure what his motives were, how many people were helping him and where he planned on carrying out his shooting spree.

I also became a big fan of the love story between Odd and his girlfriend, Stormy (Timlin). This is the type of thing that is pretty much hit or miss in movies like this but I thought they made a fantastic couple. You could tell they cared about each other and would do anything to help each other. And, the twist at the very end of the movie was both unexpected and very depressing as a result of that.

Odd Thomas

Small-town fry cook Odd Thomas (Anton Yelchin) is an ordinary guy with a paranormal secret: he sees dead people, everywhere. When a creepy stranger shows-up with an entourage of...

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Final Opinion

This is a great thriller and mystery that definitely exceeded my expectations. It has an unusual premise that is well executed and just fun to watch.

My Grade: A

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Updated: 02/21/2016, StevenHelmer
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Judy on 02/21/2016

We loved this movie!! Glad ya got a change to watch it!

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