Omen III: The Final Conflict
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I found the ending awkward and somewhat muddled, and contradictory to key plot points made in the previous films (notably, the importance of having all 7 daggers when trying to destroy Damien) but the film is worth at least a viewing.
By the time we get to this film, THE FINAL CONFLICT, it appears that the filmmakers have completely lost touch with their source material and have no idea what they're doing.
Did any of them bother looking at the Book of Revelations?
I understand budget restraints and such, but how can you literally change biblical prophecy to fit their lame story?
The people who saw the original film and were filled with dread understood the coming evil embodied in the demonic child.
By the time they get to THE FINAL CONFLICT, they've got to be scratching their heads.
The Second Coming of Christ is going to be a tad bit more cataclysmic than featured here.
And the fate of the Antichrist is completely baffling.
THE FINAL CONFLICT is like making a movie about Adolph Hitler and he's assassinated in 1936.
Think about it.
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!
This is especially disappointing because the second film was setting up a plot line in which Damien's company would have a strangle-hold on the world's food supply. I was hoping for global chaos in Omen III -- food riots, revolutions, etc. Omen III briefly reminds us of what Damien's company is trying to do but then drops that plot line completely. Hence the third film does not seem to be organically connected to its predecessor. Indeed, no characters from Omen II except Damien get screen time in Omen III. It's as if with Omen III someone else took over writing the screenplay and decided to take it in a different direction.
It also is odd that Damien was supposed to be such an assiduous student of biblical prophecies but overlooked the prophecy that appears on the screen at the end of the film. What, was Damien's bible missing a few pages of Revelations?
There are some well done scenes, but this film does not measure up to the first two films. Still, it is fun in its own trashy way.
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This is the last movie of the Damian Thorne saga and he just couldnt claim the earth for his father Satan.
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Ordered this for the family. It was good but not as good as the first two.Published 18 months ago by Ondreyus Dotson
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