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2.09

Awesome: 9.4%
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Pretty Crappy: 21.37%
Sucks49.57%

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Omen, The (2006)
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by Lybarger

"In Hell, you’ll have the choice between this movie and 'Battlefield Earth.'"
1 stars

You know a movie is not worth the celluloid it’s printed on when the only clever or even remotely original thing about it is its release date: June 6, 2006 or 6-6-06. If you have seen Richard Donner’s moderately entertaining original version of “The Omen,” you’ve already seen the remake done better.

Original screenwriter David Seltzer hasn’t worked terribly hard at updating his script. It’s almost as if he merely scanned it into a computer and made a few random search and replace adjustments.

Director John Moore, whose last film was a quickly forgotten remake of “Flight of the Phoenix,” seems to have taken a sheet of tracing paper to the original storyboards because many of the shots are in the original are imitated frame by frame.

As a result, “The Omen” feels tired, rote and indifferent throughout. Seltzer's setup is creepy. Imagine that you are unknowingly raising the Antichrist.

It’s too bad that Moore’s derivative and indifferent direction robs the story of any tension. If you haven’t caught the original, a diplomat (Liev Schriber), without the knowledge of his wife (Julia Stiles), adopts an orphan, when their child has apparently died during delivery.

As little Damien (the wooden Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick) gets older, people around him die mysteriously and sometimes gruesomely. A persistent and tortured priest (Pete Postlethwaite) and a photo-journalist (David Thewlis) think they know why all of these events are happening.

Actually, it’s pretty easy to figure out. We have an amusing opening where the Pope has to be reminded what the various signs of the Apocalypse are. Even the dimmest of popes probably don’t need a lecture on this subject.

Selzer’s script has a lot of corny scenes like this one, but the original film starred Gregory Peck and Lee Remick, two performers who could recite banal lines and make them seem like scripture.

Schriber, on the other hand, mopes through “The Omen” in a manner that exudes indifference. Never once does it appear that he feels anything that resembles danger to himself or the people he cares about.

Stiles’ performance is stiff and awkward. Right when she’s about to convey a convincing emotion, her stilted delivery and broad expressions reduce her performance to camp.

Moore sticks in few dull inside jokes (casting “Rosemary’s Baby” star Mia Farrow as a nanny and original Damien Harvey Stephens as a tabloid reporter) but can’t bring anything to the table that Donner hasn’t delivered already.

When he isn’t aping Donner, Moore imitates other horror clichés and even makes some of the scenes look as if they’ve been leftovers for a Harry Potter movie.

It’s the worst of both worlds: Fans of the original won’t get any new shocks, and Moore’s ineptitude ruins the few jolts that the original had to offer to anyone encountering the story for the first time with the new movie.

The impact of Moore’s ham-fisted fidelity to the original is either boredom (the guy sitting next to me snored loudly during the early portions of the film) or unintentional hilarity every time somebody’s about to become injured or die.

There is nothing more to “The Omen” than its opportunistic release date. Horror fans should either rent the original or not reward the people responsible for this needless trash with their hard-earned money.

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User Comments

2/13/17 morris campbell trash watch the original enough said 1 stars
10/28/10 millersxing risible trash 1 stars
1/05/10 art A SHOT FOR SHOT remake of the 76 horror film,it's a real HOMAGE! 4 stars
11/22/09 Jeff Wilder Hollywood needs to lay off on the damn classic horror remakes. What's next, The Exorcist? 2 stars
11/08/09 David A. a feeble rehash of the original 2 stars
6/22/09 Ashutosh great film 4 stars
2/10/09 martz Cool film. Bit of a crappy ending though. 4 stars
2/09/09 mark dedasco Got a serious kick out of this stylish remake 5 stars
1/24/09 John leaper was the bomb 5 stars
1/10/09 filibuster fred Rockin remake- really loved it!!! 5 stars
10/30/08 Shaun Wallner This movie stinks!! 1 stars
4/13/08 art A SCENE FOR SCENE REMAKE OF THE 76 ORIGINAL STICK TO THE 76 ORIGINAL 1 stars
4/01/08 superfriek this movie ROCKS 5 stars
2/05/08 Mick Damian looks like a future Special Olympics entry, instead of the devil. 1 stars
10/23/07 Ivana Mann The most uninspired, lazy remake I've ever seen.One word sums up the making of this: WHY? 1 stars
6/17/07 fools♫gold Yeah, awasteoftime ifyou'renotin aloudtheater forthose2scares that aren't worth mentioning. 1 stars
2/08/07 Stanley Thai It wasn't good but it wasn't bad either. 3 stars
2/04/07 steve owen the devil made me watch it!! 1 stars
2/03/07 Vip Ebriega Scary, but when you watch it, you'll keep looking for the original. 4 stars
1/06/07 Quicksilver It takes special effects and makes the movie scarier.This is not an insult but a tribute 5 stars
12/18/06 Indrid Cold It's slick enough, but highly predictable and unscary. 2 stars
12/17/06 JeromeBosch I anticipated so much worse…This was quite entertaining. 3 stars
12/12/06 mig Oh man, what a bad thing! 1 stars
12/08/06 tiffany Seemed pretty good to me... 4 stars
12/05/06 Anonymous It was bland, the original was basically better, but i hate the filming of the 1976 film. 2 stars
10/20/06 Chri s Mazur Hauntingly bad. I can't believe John Moore got paid to make another really shitty movie. 1 stars
8/06/06 Erik Van Sant Laughably bad. Do yourself a favor and BUY the original. 1 stars
7/29/06 Doug It has the artistic subtlety of an airhorn. 1 stars
7/25/06 DK The best of the recent crop of remakes better than original 5 stars
7/14/06 michael worth checking out 3 stars
7/14/06 Alfred Guy Why was this made? 2 stars
6/25/06 Laura Really quite good although somewhat too much like the original. 4 stars
6/19/06 Jason Hyde Pete Postlethwaite, you are no Patrick Troughton 1 stars
6/19/06 joan isenberg the unremarkable tendency of people to confuse evil with evil. 5 stars
6/18/06 Emily A waste of time, nothing could beat the original, no suspense,extremely bland 3 stars
6/16/06 Satanic Majesty Painful to watch, dull, lifeless and a waste of time 1 stars
6/13/06 David Fowler Pointless, flat remake of one of the greatest horror films ever made. Bland and silly. 1 stars
6/13/06 Tasia I just saw this movie today..I thought it was great..just like the original, very well done 5 stars
6/12/06 TyrantisTerror Anthony G is correct, this film is a laugh riot. Bugenhagen. 1 stars
6/11/06 Anthony G Funniest movie of the year!!!!!! oh, wait a second.... 1 stars
6/10/06 gman Did anyone notice the mircophone in about 4 scenes 2 stars
6/09/06 Ole Man Bourbon Pretty half-assed in all facets 2 stars
6/09/06 Mason FUH KEENG WEAK!!! GO RENT THE ORIGINAL MALL PEOPLE!! 1 stars
6/09/06 Sumixam fans will dig, didn't realise full potential though 4 stars
6/08/06 Shoshannah I would deffinitely pay to see it again! 5 stars
6/08/06 DK AWESOMO 5 stars
6/08/06 San Lamar just do yourself a favor and only watch the original 1 stars
6/08/06 Stephen P. Robertson This is a mockery of the original 1 stars
6/07/06 A Bomb The movie was mad as, but doesnt surpas the original, 5 stars
6/06/06 John T Better than the original, a must see NOT! 1 stars
6/06/06 Haether mctathey your movie was crapy and shitty!!!!!!!!!!! 1 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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  06-Jun-2006 (R)
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