In the last couple of days I've watched two more movies off of Netflix that I would like to review for you. The first one is the movie "Odd Thomas" which is based on a Dean Koontz novel. I had heard about this movie during it's theatrical release and when it showed up on Netflix I just had to bite. The story is about a short order cook who can see dead people and through getting rid of bad guys he can help them cross over to heaven. It's not an awful story, but it does seem familiar.
The movie has decent effects and Odd Thomas's girlfriend is really hot especially in the boy-shorts "camel toe" scene. There are some nice twists and turns, but I just can't get past the first person style where the main character narrates throughout the film. This is typical of YA books and often times movies that want to target that audience. Another thing that kind of got to me was the big reveal. The revelation of who the bad guys were was a nice touch, but the part with the girlfriend I saw coming. The movie in itself is kind of a series of the same things over and over. So in the end while it was plenty entertaining and if you have an afternoon to watch a movie you could do worse, I can't give it a full recommendation.
I'm a pretty big Liev Schreiber fan, but he was kind of wooden in this movie. I thought that some of the plot holes were pretty big, but for an entertaining sci-fi afternoon it isn't bad. I'm not sure about the Mars scenery, it kind of looks like it was just filmed in the desert. Maybe that's really what Mars looks like. I would recommend this movie simply because we don't see many good, straight sci-fi horrors that aren't named Aliens or Prometheus.
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