Odd Thomas is a reminder to me of the power of Netflix. Within a few days of it arriving on Netflix, three separate people, including my family, had seen it and told me that I should as well. Last night I had the opportunity to sit down with my bridge and do just that. What we got was a well made, clever, high-quality made for TV movie that took me by surprise.
I don’t say “made for TV movie” to discourage you from watching this movie, I actually really enjoyed this movie. All I mean is there were certain elements in this movie that made it feel more suited for primetime than theaters.
Odd Thomas follows the protagonist by that name played by Anton Yelchin (Star Trek Into Darkness, Fright Night) as grown up version of the boy from the Sixth Sense. Not really, but as he states in his somewhat silly narration throughout the movie “I may see dead people but then, by God, I do something about it.” Odd is a private paranormal detective in a small Californian desert town outside of Las Vegas. As we’re introduced to his strange reality we begin to realize that something is very wrong in his town. Something bad is going to happen and it’s going to happen soon. Odd needs to find out what it is and he needs to stop it. This simple premise is the backdrop for a cast of interesting, sometimes unbelievable but overall likable characters reminiscent of the mid 90’s film the Frighteners starring Michael J. Fox.
Odd and his “destined to be together forever” girlfriend Stormy (Addison Timlin), (who names their kid Stormy?) are perfect for each other. Sometimes this perfection is a little hard to believe. Don’t get me wrong it’s totally adorable, and perhaps I’m jaded by reality, but the picture perfectness of their relationship seemed unbelievable at times. As a reliable private eye Odd came into the good graces of Chief Wyatt Porter (Willem Dafoe). This relationship was much more believable and resembled that of a father, or mentor, to the young paranormal detective.
Anton Yelchin owned his role as Odd. I believed him to be tough, caring and sincere. What more could you want in a movie like this?
Odd Thomas deals with murder, ghosts, and the occult. Though overall the tone of the movie is light and quirky, it is not without it’s creepy frightening moments. This would not be suitable for young children. Though it could act as a good conversation starter to a discussion about spiritual warfare, just sayin’…
I had a fun time with Odd Thomas. It reminded me of one of my favorite mid-90’s horror comedies and that’s not a bad thing. If you’re into movies that ride the line somewhere between quirky and frightening, perhaps you should check out Odd Thomas, after all, it’s free. Let me know what you think below.