Saturday, January 2, 2010

The Omen (2006)

Decent remake of far superior horror classic. Gregory Peck and Lee Remick are replaced here by Liev Schreiber and Julia Stiles...not quite as classy, but still dependable. The script leaves more to be desired. The dialogue is boring and unmemorable, and the melodrama hinges on very stupid decisions and actions by the characters, save for Stiles' sympathetic troubled mother routine. The best parts here are updates from the original: crazy, coincidence-laden death scenes, the use of London and Rome as evocative locations, and, of course, the powerful, gut-wrenching subject matter. Another highlight of this film is the always-adorable Mia Farrow as the satanic Ms. Blaylock; the eldest cast member seems to have the most fun, and it is because she is thoroughly in on the joke that she is playing, essentially, her Rosemary character several years down the line. Her scenes are genuinely creepy, and not due to elements directly lifted from the original.

Skip the original instead. As much as I like some of these actors and scenes, they are all far surpassed by their 1976 counterparts. Pointless remake.

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