The Omen Review
Synopsis:A remake of the 1976 horror classic The Omen (1976), an American official realizes that his young son may literally be the devil incarnate.
The Omen (2006) is a 1h 50-min rated R American supernatural fantasy-mystery horror film that is also known as The Omen: 666 (2006) and is a remake of The Omen (1976). The Omen was intentionally released on June 6, 2006, because of the number of the Beast, 666. Director John Moore (A Good Day to Die Hard (2013), Behind Enemy Lines (2001), Max Payne (2008)) did a good job executing this film with great camera angles and spectacular visual effects. The movie was shot in Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland; Croatia; Rome, Lazio, Italy and several locations in the Czech Republic. The action scenes and gore was a little disturbing.
American diplomat Robert Thorn (Liev Schreiber - X-Men Origins: Wolverine,(2009), Spotlight (2015), Salt (2010), Scream 3 (2000)) was told that his son died during birth while Robert was stationed in Italy. His unconscious wife, Katherine (Julia Stiles - The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), The Bourne Supremacy (2004), 10 Things I Hate About You (1999), Silver Linings Playbook (2012)) does not know of her son dying during birth. A Catholic priest, Father Spiletto (Giovanni Lombardo Radice - Gangs of New York (2002), Cannibal Ferox (1981), City of the Living Dead (1980)) advice Robert to adopt a newborn orphan. Robert named the baby boy Damien (Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick - Before Midnight (2013), Moonrise Kingdom (2012), Everybody’s Fine (2009)) and live life as though Damien was his real son.
Robert became the Deputy Ambassador to the Court of St. James about five years later and shortly after moved into a large estate just outside London after the previous ambassador died. It did not take long for disturbing supernatural events to occur. Photographer Keith Jennings (David Thewlis - Naked (1993), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), The Theory of Everything (2014), Anomalisa (2015)) discover that several photographs premonitions of people’s deaths and mysterious omens. Katherine suspects that something is wrong, and it has to do with Damien, but she later discovers that she is pregnant and persists on getting an abortion because she does not want to have another child like Damien. What Damien did next shocked me big time because I did not expect him to do that to his mother?
The movie contains a few creepy visuals, strong cast, well-engineered, strong story that unfold itself, fast-moving/pace, awesome makeup, and beautiful camera-work. I enjoyed the movie, but I was left wondering many thoughts with one being, what was the point? Overall, the movie was a fabulous watch that I would recommend to horror fans. The Omen was a cliche to several/many other movies, but it had enough meat to stand out from the rest.
About The Omen (2006)
Original Title: The Omen 666
Runtime: 110 minutes
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Total Avg. Votes: 15
Writers: David Seltzer
Director: John Moore