The Omega Man
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Top Customer Reviews
The Omega Man is at its strongest in the beginning. The scenes of Heston driving across a deserted Los Angeles (scenes that were shot on actual L.A. street) continue to haunt thirty years after they were first filmed and, for all its inherent camp value, there's something undeniably powerful about seeing the half-mad Heston passing the time by sitting in an empty music theater and watching Woodstock. As well, Mathias' siege on Heston's apartment is also well handled. After this, the film loses its way slightly with Heston predictability getting trapped outside after dark and much of the film's action falls flat.Read more ›
The plot is the "end-of-civillzation-and-beyond" kind. Here, a border war between Russia and China turns into germ warfare, releasing a nasty bug into the atmosphere. Most people die almost instantaniously. However, a small percentage live on for a short while but are turned into an almost albino state where any type of direct light causes them emmense pain. Heston plays Robert Neville, a government researcher who discovered a cure for the virus only to have his helicopter crash on the way to deliver the vaccine. As a last resort he injects himself with what's left of the vaccine and thus becomes the only human on the planet immune.
Now to clarify some of the mis-information stated in other reviews. The group of albino survivors are not vampires/nombies/whatever. As the virus takes hold of them they go insane. Led by Mathias (Anthony Zerbe) they have decided the disease is God's punishment for man's overuse of techology and have decided it is their mission to burn all forms of knowledge. By night we see book burnings as they sack the deserted Los Angeles. To them Neville is like Satan because he refuses to denounce the old ways. This leads to basically two stubborn men bent on the destruction of the other.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this movie and Heston's no bulls(&t attitude throughout the film. I have mixed feelings on the ending as the only reason I didn't give this film 5 stars. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
I remember watching Omega Man years and years ago. In fact, so long ago I didn't even think about writing a review about it until I checked today because I figured I must have... Read morePublished 12 days ago by By CJs Pirate
Loved this movie as a kid and do to this day. Mutants scared the hell out of me when I was younger. Still has that creepiness vibe all these years later. Read morePublished 27 days ago by drforbin
One of my favorite cult classics. Seriously dated, but since I grew up in the 60's and 70's, it has a lot of nostalgia. Read morePublished 1 month ago by William F. Alexander
Ok - I grew up in the '70s. I saw this movie on the living room console TV on a Friday night when it was movie of the week. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Great sample of Heston's "post apocolyptic" era. Stands up to the likes of Planet of the Apes and Soylent Green. Mix any of these with Logan's Run or Dr. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Binkle
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