The Omen (2006) Movie Review

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The Omen (2006)

2006 | R | Horror, Thriller, Mystery
110 minutes / 1h 50min

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The Omen Plot Synopsis:

When the Vatican observatory priest sees the appearance of a comet, the Church is sure that it confirms the eve of the Armageddon. Meanwhile, the USA President's godson Robert Thorn is informed in the maternity in Rome by Father Spiletto that his wife Katherine has just lost her baby and she had troubles with her uterus and would not have another pregnancy. Spiletto suggests Robert that another just born child that lost his mother could be the substituted for his son, and Robert accepts the child and gives the name of Damien. Robert is promoted to ambassador in London after a tragic accident. When Damien's nanny commits suicide in his birthday party, a substitute, Mrs. Baylock, comes to work and live with the family. Along the years, Katherine realizes that Damien is evil, while Robert is contacted by Father Brennan, who tells him that Damien is the son of devil. When the priest dies in a bizarre accident, the photographer Keith Jennings shows evidences to Robert that the boy is the Antichrist. They travel to the town of Megiddo to learn how the boy can be stopped.

The Omen (2006) Review

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.

  • The Omen Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 6
  • Overall Score: 4.81
  • IMDB: 5.5
  • MetaCritic: 4.3
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 2.7

About The Omen 2006

Title: The Omen
Year: 2006
Runtime: 110 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Reviewer: Score: 3 / 5 stars Avg. Rating: 2.4/5 stars from 52,780 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 52,780 MPAA Rating: R
The Omen Cast Starring: Liev Schreiber, David Thewlis, Pete Postlethwaite, MyAnna Buring, Pavel Cajzl, Sara Houghton, Peter Elliott, Julia Stiles, Harvey Stephens, Michael Gambon, Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Amy Huck, Mia Farrow, Janet Henfrey, Baby Litera, Curtis Matthew, Tomas Wooler, Richard Rees, Rafael Sallas, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Marshall Cupp, Federico Pacifici, Martin Hindy, Alessandra Vanzi, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick, Massimo Bellinzoni, Vee Vimolmal, Vince Valitutti, Joe Towne, Klara Low
The Omen Writers: NA
The Omen Director: John Moore
Box Office: $54,600,000
Production: 20th Century Fox
Website: http://www.theomenmovie.com/
Language: English, Italian
Country: USA