Odd Thomas (film)

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Odd Thomas
Odd Thomas poster film.jpg
Theatrical film poster
Directed by Stephen Sommers
Produced by John Baldacchi
Howard Kaplan
Stephen Sommers
Written by Stephen Sommers
Based on Odd Thomas 
by Dean Koontz
Starring Anton Yelchin
Willem Dafoe
Addison Timlin
Nico Tortorella
Music by John Swihart
Cinematography Mitchell Amundsen
Edited by Bob Ducsay
Production
company
Fusion Films
The Sommers Company
Distributed by Fusion Films
Future Films
Release dates
  • April 16, 2013 (2013-04-16) (River Bend Film Festival)[1]
  • February 28, 2014 (2014-02-28) (United States)
Running time 93 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $27 million
Box office $64,378,168[2]

Odd Thomas is a 2013 American mystery thriller film based on Dean Koontz's novel of the same name. It is directed, written and co-produced by Stephen Sommers and stars Anton Yelchin as Odd Thomas, with Willem Dafoe as Wyatt Porter and Addison Timlin as Stormy Llewellyn.[3]

Plot[edit]

Odd Thomas (Yelchin) is a psychic who lives in a small town in California. He describes his ability as, "I see dead people, but then, by God, I do something about it." One morning the ghost of a teenage girl, Penny Kallisto, silently leads him to Harlo Landerson. Odd accuses Harlo of raping and murdering Penny. Harlo flees. Odd chases him into a child's bedroom in a stranger's house. Harlo and Odd fight and Harlo is knocked unconscious. Odd's friend, police chief Wyatt Porter (Dafoe), is aware of Odd's psychic gifts and promises to spin the story to keep public attention away from him.

Odd has a vision of faceless people wearing bowling shirts who cry out to him to save them. A faceless gunman shoots them all, including Odd. Recovering from the disturbing dream, he goes to his job as a short-order cook. He serves lunch to a strange man named Hensley, whose hair resembles some kind of mold. Hensley is surrounded by dozens of bodachs, invisible creatures that feed on evil and carnage that only Odd can see. Odd's co-worker, Viola Peabody (Mbatha-Raw), recounts a strange dream in which she saw herself shot dead with another man. The man's clothing is identical to that worn by the faceless people in Odd's vision.

Odd uses his psychic magnetism to find Hensley; the trail leads to the mall where Odd's friend Stormy works at an ice cream shop. Odd borrows Stormy's scooter to follow Hensley home. When Hensley leaves again, Odd breaks into his house. He finds an ashtray with several brands of cigarette butts in it, indicating that Hensley had visitors. Odd learns that the man's real name is Bob Robertson; he and Stormy refer to him as "Fungus Bob". Odd finds a file containing newspaper clippings of mass murderers, arranged by name. There is also a blank calendar page for the next day; Odd realizes that Robertson is planning something bad on that date. Odd reports this to Chief Porter, who assigns two deputies to follow Fungus Bob.

Odd meets Stormy for dinner in the belfry of a church. They see Fungus Bob approaching and they flee to the sacristy. As they escape the church, Robertson destroys the sacristy. Stormy calls Chief Porter, who finds the church vandalized but no evidence to link it to Robertson.

Odd's psychic magnetism leads him and Stormy to a bowling alley, where the bowling shirts from his vision are sold. Chief Porter sends Officer Simon Varner (Tortorella) to watch the place on Odd's advice. Varner asks Odd about Robertson and is surprised to learn that Odd had encountered him only a few hours ago. He presses Odd for more information. Stormy interrupts by asking about Varner's visible tattoo, the letters "POD". Varner dismisses it as an embarrassment from his youth, an abbreviated obscenity that he won't discuss.

Viola remembers more details of her dream; she tells Odd that she and the man in the bowling shirt were not the only victims of the shooting, and a large group of people were killed. Odd sees bodachs hovering over Vi's daughters, and he advises her to leave town with her daughters immediately.

While driving home, Stormy is overcome with fear for Odd's safety and he tries to comfort her. They hear a woman screaming. Odd finds Lysette, a friend of Chief Porter and his wife, who has been mauled to death by dogs resembling those at Robertson's home. Another man tried to rescue the woman by shooting the dogs, but was too late. Returning to Stormy's apartment, Odd sees a van watching the building. After securing Stormy, he returns to his apartment.

He finds Fungus Bob shot to death in his bathtub, with evidence framing Odd for the murder. Odd surmises that if he goes to the police, Porter will be required to arrest him based on the evidence, preventing him from preventing the next day's disaster. He discovers that Bob has been dead for quite some time and deduces that the encounter at the church was with the dead man's restless spirit. Wrapping the body in sheets, Odd dumps the corpse in the execution chamber of an abandoned prison. As he drives back through town, the magnitude of the coming disaster is indicated by the swarming of hundreds of bodachs.

Chief Porter is shot in a home invasion. Odd rushes to the hospital and learns that Porter is alive but in serious condition. Returning to Bob's home, Odd finds a receipt for a moving van and improvised explosives, and browser bookmarks for Satanic websites. Robertson's poltergeist destroys the house as Odd escapes.

Odd investigates Bob's fatal bullet wound, and finds a tattoo matching Varner's. He realizes that "POD" is an abbreviation for "Prince of Darkness". Odd realizes that Robertson was eliminated by his co-conspirators because Odd could identify him.

Odd's psychic magnetism leads him back the mall. He finds Officer Eckles has murdered the mall security staff. Odd disables him with a baseball bat. He takes Eckles's pistol and seeks out Varner. Hearing screams from the end of the mall where Stormy works, he hurries to the site and shoots another gunman. The lingering spirit of Lysette appears and directs him to the loading dock. Odd removes the gunman's mask and recognizes him as the man who tried to rescue Lysette. Odd rushes to the loading dock where he discovers Bob's moving van packed with explosives, apparently part of a plan to kill the shoppers in the mall. Varner emerges and shoots Odd, but Odd manages to start the van and drive it away from the mall. Varner clings to the outside of the van and attempts to kill Odd. Odd jumps from the van as Varner enters the cab, and the van crashes and burns. A black, shrieking spirit escapes from the flames.

Odd wakes in the hospital. Stormy is attending him. Viola greets him and tells him that Porter has been released from intensive care. Odd is a local hero. He retreats to Stormy's apartment to enjoy uninterrupted time with her. Porter, his wife, and Viola arrive and reveal that he is experiencing a delusion: Stormy is dead and he has been spending time with her lingering spirit. Porter, realizing that Stormy is staying in this world only for Odd, advises him to let her go. Odd bids her a tearful farewell, promising her that they'll be reunited one day.

Odd travels to Las Vegas, realizing that he is not yet worthy of an afterlife with Stormy.

Cast[edit]

With a cameo by Patton Oswalt as Ozzie, Matthew Page as Harlo Landerson, Morse Bicknel as Kevin Goss and Arnold Vosloo as Tom Jedd.

Reception[edit]

Odd Thomas received mostly negative reviews from movie critics, though it maintains a moderately positive rating from the general public: 6.8/10 via IMDB, based on over 16,000 user ratings.[4]

On film aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, it has a 34% "rotten" rating, with an average score of 5.1/10, based on reviews from 38 critics. The site's consensus states: "Anton Yelchin is the right man for the title role, but Odd Thomas suffers from a jumbled tone."[5] On another aggregation website, Metacritic, it has a 45/100 score (indicating "mixed or average reviews"), based on reviews from 11 critics.[6]

Legal controversies[edit]

In July 2013, it was reported that the release of the film had been delayed indefinitely because of legal action by Two Out of Ten Productions and Fusion Films against Outsource Media Group and others. The suit alleges that $25 million should have been spent on prints and advertising to support a release of Odd Thomas in the U.S., and another $10 million to partially refinance certain loans.[7] It was released on DVD in the UK in February 2014. A German dubbed version was released in December 2013. It is now available to watch on Netflix's streaming service.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Armitage, Hugh (February 5, 2014). "Odd Thomas: Anton Yelchin, Addison Timlin in new trailer - watch". Digital Spy. Retrieved February 19, 2014. 
  2. ^ http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/intl/?page=&id=_fODDTHOMAS01
  3. ^ Fleming, Mike (May 20, 2011). "Stephen Sommers starts Odd Thomas". Deadline. Archived from the original on August 7, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Odd Thomas (2013)". IMDB. 
  5. ^ "Odd Thomas (2014)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Odd Thomas". Metacritic. Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
  7. ^ http://www.firstshowing.net/2013/odd-thomas-with-anton-yelchin-delayed-indefinitely-in-legal-dispute/

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