The Omen (2006)
USA / English
"His Day Will Come "A remake of the 1976 horror classic The Omen (1976), an American official realizes that his young son may literally be the devil incarnate.
Quality spooky story, better production values - a worthy remake
Sure, we often find it sad that Hollywood can't find something original
to produce... but what-the-hey, how many new productions of
Shakespeare's works come out every year? ...Maybe David Seltzer is not
quite the same as Shakespeare (History will decide!!!) but you get my
drift. It's nice that the kiddies can be brought a classic spooky-tale
that they are otherwise unlikely to dig up on video, much less see on a
The special effects are more convincing, the sets are less set-like,
and the acting is more natural and less mannered (though I detect a bit
of a Greg Peck voice/intonation imitation from Shreiber) and it's these
sort of weaknesses that can distance today's audiences.
This is really the best sort of remake - keeping all the best elements
from the original without over-reaching to take the material in some
other direction for the sake of being different, or without
over-flexing today's FX muscles. There's a slight updating of the
premise amid current world events but it's brief, welcome and not
The cast is first-rate. How great to see the best of British (David
Thewlis, Michael Gambon, Pete Postlethwaite) and American (Julia Stiles
is always good, though sometimes chooses poor material) young hot
things and older, stately actors having a ball (Mia Farrow is very
effective - playing very much against type).
The creepy kid does good creepy too.
I liked it. It's not horror so much as spooky, and that's no bad thing.
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