The Omen (Widescreen Edition)
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Katherine (Julia Stiles) and Robert Thorn (Liev Schreiber) are a young, affluent American couple. Katherine is pregnant and, while in Italy, gives birth to an ostensibly stillborn boy, a fact that is kept from her. Knowing how much his wife wanted the baby and the difficulty that she had in conceiving, Robert agrees to have the dead baby supplanted by a living newborn whose mother died in child birth, keeping this information from Katherine. They name this baby Damien.
All goes well for the prosperous Thorn family, until Damien (Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick) turns five. A series of dramatic, unusual events begin to occur around the Thorns, all seemingly stemming from Damien. Well guarded by a somewhat creepy nanny (Mia Farrow), there are those who would believe him to be the Antichrist. By the time that Katherine and Robert begin to realize who Damien may truly be, their lives are out of control. With the aid of an inquisitive photographer, a repentant priest, and an mysterious man who holds the key to the destruction of the Antichrist, Robert Thorn becomes a man with a mission. Will Damien let him complete that mission? Watch this movie and find out.
Both Liev Schreiber and Julia Stiles give credible performances, though they are no Gregory Peck or Lee Remick.Read more ›
This re-make is far below the standard set by the original film. The acting is stiff and stilted, with Liev Schreiber (as Robert Thorne) giving a thoroughly one-noted performance which proved to be quite frustrating to watch for over two hours. Even when he finds out about the incredibly terrible events that consistently occur throughout the film, Schreiber keeps an indifferent expression on his face. This undoubtedly makes many problems arise; how can the audience get involved in a movie if the actors are unconvincing in their roles? Julia Stiles does well, but she doesn't work in her role as Robert Thorne's wife, but Mia Farrow as Mrs. Baylock gives the film a bit of a spark in an otherwise dull film.
The main thing is, is it scary? Damien is creepy enough, and there are some OK dream sequences that offer a couple of good jump scares. But this is all it offers in scares. The film is basically just a re-shooting of the original scenes, except they lack the energy and tension. There is no sense of foreboding, and it's almost as if the film makers and actors were just bored and wanting to get it over and done with; it's as if they hardly cared about making a good film. What was meant to be a gripping, horrific and intense viewing experience right up to the stunning climax becomes a boring and plodding time, and you just about lose interest in the whole story, and the characters.
Overall, a very disappointing re-make, which begs the question: Why did they re-make it in the first place?
Mia Farrow's "Mrs. Baylock" strays quite a bit from Billie Whitelaw's in the original, by portraying the nanny as "sweetness" and "grandmotherly," revealing her true nature near the film's conclusion.
David Thewlis is no David Warner.
Michael Gambon doesn't do justice to Leo McKern's portrayal in the first film.
And Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick ("Damian") is about as scary as "The Pillsbury Dough Boy."
As far as Goldsmith's Oscar-winning score, it is interpolated during the film's end credits, and snippets can be heard throughout the "softer" scenes of the film.
However, maybe the director would've had more success if he had used Goldsmith's score in its entirety.
Gus Van Sant in his by-the-numbers "Psycho" remake was smart enough to utilize Bernard Herrmann's classic composition.
'Didn't make it a box office smash but made watching it a whole lotta more enjoyable.
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Dreadful. Didn't realize this was the remake. Acting was the worst.Published 2 months ago by Dorothy Gale
I have to agree with many of the other reviewers here that this was a useless and unnecessary remake. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Doctor Dean
This is a movie that should not have been made. It is a word-for-word copy of the original. Even with a cast of talented actors, including the little boy that plays Damien, and Mia... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Florida Outdoors Guy
I love watching this movie during the lead up time to Halloween. It's not the original, but I think it's a good modern version of the story. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Barbara B
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It's good in the way the original was good: dark and atmospheric, its horror is more in the building realization of overwhelming evil and the end of the world.
Would you like that kind of film?
"Horror movies" these days tend to be mindless formulas of sadism and gore--which THE OMEN is...
Oct 16, 2006 by The JuRK | See all 2 posts
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