Blade Runner). It is this “Koontzian” dialogue that provides the cast with much better material to work with than actors in this genre can usually expect. The resulting heartfelt performances alone arguably make Odd Thomas a gem in its own right.
Putting aside a number of notable theological undertones (a common feature of Koontz’s writing), viewers expecting something similar to grittier films like The Exorcist or The Rite may come away disappointed with Odd Thomas. Despite some of its darker subject matter, the film possesses an almost cartoonish jubilance that doesn’t always work in this genre, but here it succeeds nicely thanks to Sommers’ lively direction (recall the audience-friendly tone of his previous films, The Mummy and Van Helsing).
Bottom line: If you’re looking for laughs, scares, and some genuinely enjoyable characters, check out Odd Thomas. If you’re still on the fence, check out the official trailer here. Both the film and the original novels are available for purchase through Amazon.
Michael Saltisrecently graduated from the University of Dayton, where he studied Political Science in History. He lives in Akron, Ohio.