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THE OMEN (2006)
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Reviewed by: Willard

Directed by: John Moore

Starring:
Liev Schreiber
Julia Stiles
David Thewlis

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
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Overall:  
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What's it about
A remake of the 1976 Richard Donner classic that has an American official (Liev Schreiber) and his wife (Julia Stiles) unknowingly raising the son of Satan.
Is it good movie?
How can one accept the task of doing a remake of a classic of the genre and not feel doomed from the get-go. In the end, everyone knows it will never surpass the original. Like almost every big budget Hollywood remake itís bigger, faster, shinier, louder and a hell of a lot duller.

The absence of chemistry between the characters and the lack of development, causes the audience to simply not care that much about their fate. For Christís sake Katherine Thorn looks like sheís 18. With the possible exception of David Thewlis, you canít help but feel that the only reason the actors got a part in that movie is because they won it at the Akwesasne Mohawk Casinoís bingo night. Julia Stiles sure can dance but, I can easily think of the 10 things I hate about her in this one. As for Liev Schreiber, I think the production made a mistake and sent him the part of the lead instead of the coffee table. But, in all fairness itís probably his best performance since Phantoms!!!

Visually the movie does look good but, thatís not enough when you consider that Satanís offspring looks like he could be the lead in the next Home Alone movie. Sorry kid!! Although sometimes quite effective (i.e.: Car Explosion, Beheading) the special effects are at times uneven (i.e.: Man in Gorilla suit). Marco Beltrami score wasnít all that bad but, is still overshadowed by the powerful award winning masterpiece that Jerry Goldsmith crafted for the original. For those who havenít seen the original it could at best be considered average. Now for those who have seen it you be the judge.
Video / Audio
Video: Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital Surround), French (Dolby Digital Surround) and we also get subtitles in English and Spanish.
The Extras
Commentary by director John Moore, producer Glenn Williamson and editor Dan Zimmerman: The usual, nothing worth mentioning.

"Revelation 666" Documentary (22:05): A pretty interesting look at the Number of the Beast in the world around us.

Unrated Extended Scenes and an Extended Ending: Included are extended bloodier scenes for the Beheading and Impaling. They donít add much but hey theyíre there. As for the extended ending there absolutely no need to mention it (as there was no need to film it).

Exclusive Behind-The-Scene Featurette - Omenisms (37:18): Here you can listen to John Moore swear a lot and mention how expensive his shots are.

Abby Road Recording Sessions Featurette (10:16): An insiderís look at the legendary Abbey Road Studio.

Trailers: We get one Teaser, two Trailers for the remake and one for the DVD re-release of the original. The 1st trailer is the best thing to come out of this production. Not bad for an estimated budget of 60 million!!
Last Call
If THE OMEN remake really wanted to be scary it should have dropped the usual annoying loud noises and have Mia Farrow get it on with that dog. Now thatís scary!!
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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