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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.
Predrag Bjelac Vatican Observatory Priest (as Pedja Bjelac)
Carlo Sabatini Cardinal Fabretti
Bohumil Svarc Pope
Liev Schreiber Robert Thorn
Giovanni Lombardo Radice Father Spiletto
Baby Zikova Damien - Newborn
Baby Morvas Damien - Newborn
Baby Muller Damien - Newborn
Baby Litera Damien - Newborn
Julia Stiles Katherine Thorn
Tomas Wooler Damien - 2 Years Old (as Tomas Wooller)
Rafael Sallas Rome Embassy Marine
Marshall Cupp Ambassador Steven Haines
Martin Hindy Haines' Limo Driver (as Martin 'Mako' Hindy)
Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick Damien
Director: John Moore
Producer: John Moore,Glenn Williamson
Writer: David Seltzer
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 big screen.

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 over-labored.

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.

Seen it:Nej
Nr of disks/tapes:2
Storage device:Divx 5
Imdb rating: 5.4
Musician: Marco Beltrami
Running time: 105 min (cut)
Subtitles: Svenska
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Last modified: 2007-07-18 22:31:3