Reviewed byu2bme102Vote: 9/10/10
I saw a sneak preview of The Omen tonight. At first, I couldn't tell ifit was going to be a spoof of the original or if it was going to be aserious remake. Audience members were laughing at parts which weresupposed to be serious.
and then ...
the entire audience jumped.
and a little while later jumped again.
by the end of the movie, the audience was cheering and totally wrappedup in the movie.
The director did a great job of pulling us in.
Does everyone already know the basic plot? If not, I think it's best ifI don't say anything about the plot, so I don't give away anything.
Mia Farrow was great in her role as Damien's nanny. Julia Stiles wasthe one who was unintentionally funny at the beginning of the movie, ormaybe it was intentional, because she ended up pulling off the rolequite well.
but the movie belonged to Liev Schreiber. He wisely did not try to dothe same as Gregory Peck, and was excellent in the role.
It's worth seeing. Be forewarned - the movie is much more graphic thanthe original, so don't take the kids.
Reviewed bysigiam2Vote: 7/10/10
In a nutshell, if you've never heard of the original or are unaware ofthe storyline, the average horror film lover will enjoy this flick. Ifhowever you saw/liked the original, you'll likely still enjoy it..butyou'll know exactly what's coming next because it is very faithful tothe original. In fact, in most scenes, it's a line-by-line remake, andmany camera shots are virtually identical to the 1976 version. What haschanged is that Damien's parents are younger, and it's been updated toreflect a contemporary world of today. Also, the screenwriter decidedto throw in 9/11 and recent disasters as indicators that the Armageddonis on it's way via Damien Thorne. (SPOILERS FOLLOW) There are elementsof "Final Destination", but the original Omen was in fact the first toplay with this type of death scene(s), where things mysteriously happento people through strange accidents,etc. Having said that, these scenesare a little different from the original (most of them anyway) andagain, as a horror fan, you'll enjoy the fact that they don't pull anypunches graphically.
Acting wise, the film was somewhat weak - particularly Mia Farrow'sperformance. In an fitting homage to Rosemary's Baby, Farrow is cast asMrs.Baylock, the satanic disciple, summoned to protect the Devil's son(in a sense, like her character in Rosemary's Baby)Damien Thorne, inthe form of a nanny. I found that she was not nearly as creepy andmenacing as the original actress. Julia Stiles was not strong either,and Schrieber was OK. The kid who plays Damien isn't bad, but it's justanother brooding kid role with few lines so it's tough to screw thatup.
Visually i loved this film, and a few sequences in particular were veryvery well done. As for the scares, there aren't many at all, and a fewcould be seen coming a mile away (dream sequence/mirror open then shutsto see apparition in rear,etc..) I did jump physically in one sequencewhere i wasn't expecting it (which i won't mention specifically so itmay surprise you too).
So, it was an entertaining 2 hours. Nothing terribly new, and not ascreepy or Gothic as the first one. In a way, i was hoping it might goin a different direction, but perhaps, it's the producers' ultimatecompliment to the original - keep it very similar,just updating it fora new generation of horror fans. Recommended.
Reviewed bySuperunknovvnVote: 7/10/10
"The Omen" is one of those movies that still hold up so well, there'sreally no need to remake them. The date of June 6th 2006 was probablythe most tempting thing for producers to release a new version of thisfilm now.
Well, you can't say they did a bad job. This year's "The Omen" is solidas a rock and very faithful to the original. So faithful in fact, thatone has to wonder what the whole point of it is.
Liev Schreiber and Julia Stiles are an odd choice for the leadingcouple but they're both okay in their respective roles. The directionis just okay, too, but you gotta be thankful that no cheap scares (ornot too many of them) were thrown in to keep viewers interested. On theother hand, it must be said that the movie is a bit slow at thebeginning, especially if you already know the plot. Opinions willdiffer on how well recent events such as 9/11, the tsunami in Sri Lankaor the death of Pope John Paul II. were integrated into the story, butthat's not really a major issue. The few changes John Moore madeinvolve a different way of dying for one character and two or threerather effective dream sequences (the last one sticks out - it's asequence of really creepy images without any sound effects at all,probably my favorite moment of the whole movie). Also watch out for anice reference to "Don't Look Now".
The most interesting thing, however, is the complete absence of theinfamous choral score that made the original so scary. God knows whyit's not here, it sure wouldn't have seem dated.
If I realized anything watching this movie it's how amazing the scriptwas in the first place. It builds up perfectly, it's thrilling as hell(excuse the pun) and there are no plot holes to be found. This is why"The Omen" still works greatly and will hopefully be enjoyed by a lotof young people who haven't seen the original. For everyone elsethere's no reason to spend money on a movie we have already seen in asuperior version.
When the Vatican observatory priest sees the appearance of a comet, the Church is sure that it confirms the eve of the Armageddon. Meanwhile, the USA President's godson Robert Thorn is informed in the maternity in Rome by Father Spiletto that his wife Katherine has just lost her baby and she had troubles with her uterus and would not have another pregnancy. Spiletto suggests Robert that another just born child that lost his mother could be the substituted for his son, and Robert accepts the child and gives the name of Damien. Robert is promoted to ambassador in London after a tragic accident. When Damien's nanny commits suicide in his birthday party, a substitute, Mrs. Baylock, comes to work and live with the family. Along the years, Katherine realizes that Damien is evil, while Robert is contacted by Father Brennan, who tells him that Damien is the son of devil. When the priest dies in a bizarre accident, the photographer Keith Jennings shows evidences to Robert that the boy is the ...