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Communicating with the dead can be a mixed bag, special-abilities-wise, and in Odd Thomas, the eager-to-please latest effort from director Stephen Sommers(The Mummy), great paranormal power requires great responsibility.
Odd Thomas (Anton Yelchin of the recent Star Treks) — yes, that's his real name — sees dead people. However, unlike that useless Sixth Sense kid, O.T. actually uses this talent to solve the murders of the recently deceased.
Just now hitting theaters after legal disputes put the kibosh on its summer 2013 release, Odd Thomas finds Sommers swinging for the fences like, well, like a guy whose last directorial effort was G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.
Adapting the first book in Dean Koontz's bestse »
Odd Man Out: Delayed Koontz Adaptation a Tone Deaf Misfire
Filmed way back in 2011 and then delayed indefinitely in 2013 due to legal actions woes in relation to marketing and advertising funds, Stephen Sommers’ adaptation of Dean Koontz’s novel, Odd Thomas, at long last arrives after notable anticipation. The first of a series of novels, the success of the film will dictate future adaptations, but the results, especially after such a long gestational period, are superbly woeful. Questionable casting and a gruesomely synthetic screenplay that awkwardly veers from broad comedy to schmoozy romance to demonic hunting super hero scenario gives the film an unappealing adolescent quality that only gets worse as the film drags on and on.
- Nicholas Bell
In Paul W.S. Anderson's new historical disaster epic, "Pompeii," Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje plays Atticus, an African gladiator who needs one more victory in the Roman arena to obtain his freedom. To win that, he must face Milo (Kit Harington), a captured Celt and formidable fighter who thirsts for vengeance against the Romans who murdered his people. The relationship between Atticus and Milo, against the looming catastrophe of the erupting Mount Vesuvius, evolves from enemies to comrades to heroes, an arc that Akinnuoye-Agbaje handles elegantly.
Since launching his acting career in 1994, the London-born Akinnuoye-Agbaje has piled up a steady stream of credits that include films like "The Mummy Returns," "The Bourne Identity," "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" and more recently, "Thor: The Dark World." But the actor may be best known to American audiences for two TV roles: as Simon Adebisi for three years on the HBO prison drama "Oz" and as Mr. »
- Don Kaye
Stephen Sommers isn't used to spending 27 million dollars these days. The Mummy films, Van Helsing and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra cost an estimated 500 million dollars between them. Some might argue Sommers hasn't made a decent film since 1998's Deep Rising, but even that cost 45 million to make. For a while though, Stephen Sommers was box-office gold. Odd Thomas is his first film in four years. The film - based on the best-selling thriller by Dean Koontz - was delayed indefinitely in July 2013 because of legal action, but it's available now in the UK now for the first time. If you loved The Frighteners, chances are you're going to love this too. Small-town fry cook Odd Thomas (Anton Yelchin) is an ordinary guy with a paranormal secret: he sees dead people, everywhere. When a creepy stranger shows-up with an entourage of ghostly bodachs - predators who feed on pain »
Despite having just received a DVD release here in the UK, director Stephen Sommers' (The Mummy, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) adaptation of Dean Koontz' Odd Thomas has been gathering dust in terms of U.S. distribution since being delayed last summer, but the film has now secured a Stateside release this month and so we've been treated to a brand new trailer...
"Small-town fry cook Odd Thomas (Anton Yelchin) is an ordinary guy with a paranormal secret: he sees dead people, everywhere. When a creepy stranger shows up with an entourage of ghostly bodices -- predators who feed on pain and portend mass destruction -- Odd knows that his town is in serious trouble. Teaming up with his sweetheart Stormy (Addison Timlin) and the local sheriff (Willem Dafoe), Odd plunges into an epic battle of good versus evil to try to stop a disaster of apocalyptic proportions. »
- Gary Collinson
Stephen Sommers used to be the king of dumb CG movies with the success of the first two The Mummy movies, but it seems both Van Helsing and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra have seen the writer/director's star dwindle. His latest film, Odd Thomas, a supernatural thriller based on the novel by Dean Koontz and starring Anton Yelchin, has had a long road to the big screen after dealing with some legal entanglements following its 2011 production, but it's finally making its way to theaters and On Demand on February 28. The first official trailer for the picture has arrived along with an official synopsis: Small-town fry cook Odd Thomas (Anton Yelchin) is an ordinary guy with a paranormal secret: he sees dead people, everywhere. When a creepy stranger shows up with an entourage of ghostly bodices -- predators who feed on pain and portend mass destruction -- Odd knows »
- Brad Brevet
- Michael Stevens
Why did Sienna Miller fall off Hollywood’s radar shortly after the 2009 release of G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra? The answer’s simple, according to Miller herself: “I sabotaged things,” she says. “I burnt a lot of bridges.”
There’s more blunt honesty where that came from in Miller’s big Esquire UK interview, the magazine’s latest cover story. (And yes, the article also includes a very tasteful, black-and-white topless photoshoot.)
In between a fair amount of purple prose (“ talked to each other, and at each other, and occasionally over each other about feminism and social media and »
- Hillary Busis
Written and directed by Stuart Beattie
A lot of bad action and science-fiction films get made every year. Most of them follow the same basic dramatic beats, no matter how lackluster the execution may be. It’s just a rule, the thing that everyone does. Once, every so often, an exception will come along, using its nonsensical awfulness to prove why the rule is needed. This year’s variant of that film is I, Frankenstein.
The film’s manic nature is established from the first scene, in which the entirety of Mary Shelley’s classic novel is reviewed in at most 3 minutes. Then it’s on to the meat of the plot, where Frankenstein’s Monster (Aaron Eckhart) becomes the key warrior in a battle between the forces of heaven (represented by Miranda Otto’s gargoyle army) and hell (a demon horde led by Bill Nighy). Think »
- Mark Young
He refers to the lead character of Adam (a.k.a. Frankenstein's monster) as a creature in evolution, and the same could probably be said for debuting director Stuart Beattie (though perhaps the word "creature" should be altered). Previously known as the screenwriter of such films as 30 Days of Night, Punisher: War Zone (which he did a rewrite of), G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and Tomorrow, When the War Began, he shifts from strictly writing to helming as well with I, Frankenstein. Based on the graphic novel by Kevin Grevioux, it brings the character of Frankenstein's monster (Aaron Eckhart) to the present day world and tracks his own evolution from, as Beattie describes, "monster to man" as, despite his intentions, he finds himself as humanity's only defense in a war between gargoyles and demons. The film opens tomorrow, January 24th. In the following exclusive interview, Beattie shares his approach to the film. »
ShockTillYouDrop.com has a new video interview with I, Frankenstein writer/director Stuart Beattie talking about the making of the movie, starring Aaron Eckhart, which opens nationwide on Thursday night, January 23, in 2D, 3D and IMAX theaters. You can watch the full video interview with the filmmaker, best known for writing the early "Pirates of the Caribbean" films and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra , over on ShockTillYouDrop.com . »
While I, Frankenstein director/writer Stuart Beattie and stars Aaron Eckhart and Yvonne Strahovski have been spruiking the film in the Us media this week, some commentators are dubious about its B.O. prospects.
The Melbourne-shot 3D action-thriller, which launches in the Us on Friday on 2,700 screens, stars Eckhart as Frankenstein.s reanimated corpse who battles vicious gargoyles and other demons in the 21st Century.
Screen Rant.s Chris Agar predicts the Lionsgate release (which opens here on March 20) will debut in third place behind the second weekend of buddy cop comedy Ride Along and the fifth frame of Peter Berg.s war drama Lone Survivor.
Coming Soon.s Edward Douglas, who hasn.t seen the monster pic, expects it will earn just $US17.3 million in the first weekend and wind up with less than $50 million. That would be a poor return for a production which Beattie says was budgeted at $36 million. »
- Don Groves
Many mid-thirtysomethings like myself got a little excited back in 2009 when G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra hit theaters. Happy memories of action figures and cartoons dancing in our heads, combined with the technology we have today; what could possibly go wrong? Well, also like myself, many of them walked away not very entertained. […]
The post Discovering ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’ appeared first on The Flickcast. »
- Sal Loria
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