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Omen 3: The Final Conflict VHS
Set in an eerie future, The Great Recession has arrived. As worldwide starvation and economic doom prevail, so does Damien who relentlessly continues his sinister plot to control the world.
Damien's evil power reaches out across the Atlantic when he's appointed ambassador to England. With an ominous band of satanic supporters behind him, its only his first stop on a political path he plans to culminate as President of the United States. But first, he enters upon a manic hunt for his arch-nemesis (God) an wreaks havoc all along the way.
A disturbing and shocking exploration of evil, the prophesy of Armageddon sets this film, and Earth, on fire.
The Omen series concludes with this second sequel, starring Sam Neill as the adult Damien--a.k.a. the son of Satan--in a battle with the heavens for control of mankind. The film ends up depending more heavily on effects and spectacle than on the kind of basic horrors that made the first movie in the series so unsettling, but at least this one gives some closure to the seemingly endless saga. --Tom Keogh
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THE OMEN films are the saga of Damien, the putative antichrist foretold by Christianity, who was illegally adopted as a child into the powerful Thorn family empire. His hapless relatives knew nothing of his true nature, and over the course of the first two films discovered only too late who has been living in their midst and sharing their last name. The first film dealt with Damien's early childhood as the still relatively innocent son of the American ambassador to Britain; the second with his "tween" years, when he was being raised by his uncle and slowly coming to understand his true identity and destiny.
In this film we get the final, adult version. A very nasty piece of work.
The third and final movie begins with several portentous events: the recovery of the Seven Knives of Magido from the ruins of the Thorn Museum in Chicago, and some astrological signs that indicate to the faithful that the Second Coming of Christ is imminent. Cut to 32 year-old Damien Thorn (Sam Neill), who has settled comfortably into his secret identity as the Antichrist and is in full control of the Thorn financial empire. Damien has his eye on the White House, but he's understandably concerned that the return of Jesus to Earth will short-circuit his plans. Believing that "the Nazarene" will be born in Britain, he arranges to be made Ambassador to the Court of St. James (as his adoptive father was), and commences a plan to slaughter every male child born on the night the star appeared. Standing in his way are a group of monks under the command of a determined abbot (Rossano Brazzi); the monks have recovered the Knives of Megido -- the only weapons that can kill Damien -- and pledged themselves to his destruction. Like everyone who sets themselves against Damien, however, the monks soon discover (painfully) that wanting to kill him and actually getting the deed done are two different things. In the mean time, a beautiful British reporter Kate Reynolds (Lisa Harrow) is falling for the rich, handsome, charismatic Ambassador, not realizing his true identity, or the fact that her son Peter (Barnaby Holm) is falling more and more under Damien's evil influence.
In this plot sounds a little underwhelming, it is. As many of the other reviewers have noted, THE FINAL CONFLICT has numerous problems, and the largest of these is its utter deviation from the Book of Revelations, those chapters of the Bible which crudely outline the story of the End Times. Naturally budgetary restrictions would have prevented the producers from telling that story in full, but a shrewd producer/director could have made skillful use of news broadcasts, stock footage, radio reports and other tricks to show the world's turmoil as a backdrop to the story. The first two movies, THE OMEN and DAMIEN: OMEN II, establish that Damien's rise to power is going to usher in the apocalypse, but the stakes in THE FINAL CONFLICT are far from apocalyptic. In fact they are pathetically meager. Instead of a demonic corporate titan grasping for political power, starting wars, encouraging a cult of personality and generally setting himself up as a counterfeit God, we get a snarky businessman who wants to kill some babies, shag a hot reporter (mission accomplished, by the way!) and spiritually seduce her son. It doesn't help either that two of Damien's able and sinister minions from the second film, Robert Foxworthy and Lance Henriksen, are nowhere to be found in this movie. Their presence would have put considerable backbone into the otherwise flaccid plot (Don Gordon, who is a fine enough actor in most circumstances, is miscast as Damien's dithering chief henchman). Another major flaw is the failure of the writer to build on the foundations laid by the underrated second movie, DAMIEN: OMEN II. One of the key plot points of that flick establishes that Thorn Corporation is buying up land all throughout the Third World, ostensibly for agricultural exploitation, but in reality to make poor nations entirely dependent on Thorn for their food. CONFLICT makes passing mention of this at the very beginning and then drops it, abandoning the very sort of storyline the film desperately needs. (You aim low, you hit low, and these guys hit pretty low.) Most egregiously, there are plot holes regarding Damien's attempt to kill the newborn Jesus which are so enormous they exert a kind of gravity on the entire second half of the movie. I can't say more than that without ruining things, but suffice to say a single line of throwaway dialogue makes most of what transpires in the first half of the film totally irrelevant.
To be sure, there is stuff here that works. Sam Neill, while somewhat bland (forgive me Sam; everybody loves you, and I do, too), bears an astonishing resemblance to Johnathan Scott-Taylor, the young actor who portrayed Damien in Part II, and there are times when he plays the character with enough depth to get you to like him and even feel sorry for him. He is, after all, the ultimate underdog: the guy who sets himself up to topple God off His pedestal. Rossano Brazzi carries off his role as the senior monk quite well, and there are some extremely grisly kills as the bumbling brothers try and fail to do away with the wily Damien, including a "burning man" sequence in a TV studio which has subsequently ascended into Hollywood stunt-man legend. Additionally, the fox hunting sequence where Damien dispatches a monk using dogs, and then anoints Peter with the man's blood, is also beautifully done, and works well within the story framework of the seduction of innocence by evil. And Neill produces a couple of genuinely nasty moments, including a hate-filled monologue given before a statue of Christ which has, like the burning man sequence, become legendary (the band Ghost wrote an entire song, "Idolitrine," about it). But the movie's flaws -- small stakes, annoying departures from the series' canon, and an exceptionally limp ending -- make what ought to have been a triumphant finale more of a spluttering whimper. If only the studio had put some real muscle into the budget and the script, we might have had a terrifying classic on our hands. Instead, Damien's last words to the Nazarene seem more appropriate: "Nazarene, you have won...nothing."
It looked really great in the trailer: finally, Damien destroys the world!
But in reality ... in reality, finally Damien does nothing of the sort.
Finally, Damien is a loser.
And, finally, the film made no sense -- not even when I kept the German title ("Barbara's Baby") in mind.
This is quite a comedown from the original /Omen/ which, however ludicrous its theology, was genuinely scary.
It is a pity the filmmakers did not take the opportunity to use their ludicrous theology to produce another really terrifying movie.
takes us to the lush countryside of England and into the secret private world of The Antichrist, Damien Thorn.
He is now 33 and ready to slowly take over the world. Everything is in place and there is even a scene where he speaks with "The Nazarene" (who in his warped vision has been crucified backwards on the cross in the form of a twisted statue) Certainly blasphemous, Damien is evil and enjoys every minute of it!
He literally rapes and pillages and tries in vain to prevent Christ from returning to Earth(conveniently London, just blocks away from Damien's office- ok, it was a bit hard to believe). Early on, we see the very British Prime Minister who has just been mad dogged into setting up the most elaborate suicide in the history of cinema.
All with a simple typewriter ribbon , a .45 caliber pistol , and a well-timed press conference. After watching it in slo-mo on my flatscreen, I rejoiced as the blood splattered and if you watch closely, a little flap of his scalp falls from the wall behind him. Sam Neill is brilliant and his screen debut proves he is still amazing today. If you are a fan of The Omen, this is one to see right before bedtime , but you may want to keep that Bible on the night stand and put the dogs outside!