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‘Odd Thomas’ Is On DirecTV, and It’s Awful

The $27M budgeted (source: IMDB) Dean Kootnz adaptation of Odd Thomas quietly hit DirecTV exclusively this past week.

Directed by CGI-obssessed Stephen Sommers (The Mummy, Van Helsing), and starring Anton Yelchin, Addison Timlin, Willem Dafoe, Nico Tortorella, Patton Oswalt, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, “The story centers on a short-order cook named Odd Thomas (Yelchin) who can commune with the dead, a secret only his girlfriend (Timlin) and the local police (Dafoe) chief know. The young man can also spot malevolent forces called bodachs, who feed on pain and portent imminent death. When Odd sees them in spades surrounding a stranger, he finds himself in a race against time to avert a catastrophe.

I excitedly watched with some friends this weekend, and was absolutely shocked at how terrible it was. The film, bloated with inane exposition, also feels bizarrely small for its massive budget. It’s a tough movie to sit through, which is saying a lot considering how much I enjoy Sommers’ G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.



  • AndreaRazcon

    Just by watching the trailer you could tell it would be pretty disappointing 🙁 It’s a shame, because I really enjoyed the book.

    • djblack1313

      Andrea, give it a shot. you may be surprised.

  • Samhain2010

    It’s certainly not a masterpiece, but this is not nearly as bad as you are saying. It does look cheap for the budget, but I assume that is because they decided to put the money into the leads (Yelchin, Dafoe) rather than effects. You liked “Rise of the Cobra”?!!!!

    • Samhain2010

      Sorry, “Rise of Cobra.” Point still stands.

      • Samhain2010

        “The Rise of Cobra”!!! Man an edit feature would be really nice.

  • footballchief69

    Other than some questionable acting I actually really enjoyed this film. I also second the surprise at you liking “Rise of the Cobra”, now that was a truly awful movie!!

  • mobstar67

    i went into this film with low expectations and unaware of its 27 million dollar budget so i was not as nearly disappointed..
    i thought it to be just OK.. i will probably never watch it again but then again I would never watch any of those GI JOE movies again either…

  • Rabester72

    I’m gradually losing hope in Mr Disgustings reviews. Whilst it’s not a masterpiece it’s a fun romp and I thoroughly enjoyed it. granted it doesn’t touch the book but what movie does. I remembering being so keen to see ‘All the boys love Mandy Lane’ because of Mr Disgustings obsession with it but thought it was pants. Perhaps if Odd Thomas had a blonde with big tits as the lead the review here would be different.

    • undertaker78

      Amen! Rabester72. Amen!

    • djblack1313

      Rebester72, same here! i REALLY liked this movie. i plan on watching it again.

    • Jasonicus

      When you start to get as cynical as he is, it’s time to hang them up as a reviewer.

  • predalien3939

    I worked on the movie. IMDB is wrong about the budget. So much happened during this film its amazing the movie got made at all. The initial budget was much higher than what was ultimately in store for this disaster.

    • djblack1313

      predalien, you worked on a good movie. i was really pleasantly surprised at how much i liked it. the 2 leads, Anton & Addison Timlin had a LOT to do with it. they had excellent chemistry together and i was genuinely surprised at the
      twist at the end.

    • whiskeymonamour

      I worked on this too!
      Given the circumstances behind filming, I thought it came out pretty well, but I also guess I wasn’t expecting a work of genius. It’s a decent time-killer if nothing else.

  • dirtyghettok

    MrDisgusting – Told ya..

  • djblack1313

    i REALLY liked this movie (maybe even loved it). it’s not a perfect movie but the 2 leads Anton & Addison Timlin are SO likable and have such excellent chemistry together that i was instantly invested in their journey.

    the CGI work on the “Bodachs” (shadow-like creatures – invisible to most people – that appear at locations before disasters) was flawless IMO. they were pretty freaky.

    i say if you’re not sure go read more user comments over on the IMDB “Odd Thomas” board. the decent to good reviews seem to outweigh the negative reviews. i never expected to like this movie as much as i do.

  • GoreFaceSupreme

    It wasn’t awesome. I felt it lacked the suspense and general foreboding feeling of the book but the location and set pieces were exactly how I pictured them which was cool. It could have been much better but it is what it is. Should have had more Patton Oswalt.

  • Sirengx

    I find it funny that you seem to enjoy cheesy movies yet you were so disappointed with this movie. While no masterpiece, it was about as faithful of a book-to-movie adaptation as you can get. Yeah, there was a lot of CGI, but what do you expect? The movie, despite its hang ups turned out better than I could have hoped being as I’m a huge fan of the books.

    Sadly, I’m beginning not to take your reviews seriously.

    • Rabester72

      Couldnt have said it better myself.

  • MaddieAvery

    I loved Odd Thomas!! I liked the actors, the story and everything. And the ending really pulled at my heart strings. I told all my friends to watch it and they all came back and said they liked it alot too.

    I dont ever read reviews cause if I did then I wouldnt see liek 90% of movies. But I liked the trailer and when I saw the movie, I loved it!! I would love to see part two based on another book.

  • crane

    Yhea, i liked the movie too. I agree that the special effects suck, but the last half hour of this movie were pretty intense. I was surprised that Stephen Sommers could actually still make a decent flick.

  • MovieGeek

    Far from awful. It was pretty good IMO.

  • TrackRecord162

    Considering all the better Koontz books out there, I don’t understand why they would go with this book?!?!?!

  • As a massive fan of the book (I’ve read it probably 5 times), I have to say…
    I liked the film. Sure, it’s campy as hell, and cheesy at points, but I think they nailed the “noir” feel Koontz went for in the book to the “T.” I highly doubt the budget was as big as IMDb suggests, considering it felt incredibly smaller than any other Sommers films, but it worked for me that way. The town of Pico Mundo was so incredibly close to what I’ve always imagined, and good Lord, how the hell can you not fall in love with Stormy? That actress was so adorable and her catchy phrases for Odd are perfect. I felt incredible chemistry between the two, and she was so easy on the eyes. I’ll definitely buy this one when it comes out and I think I’ll be watching it over and over. Don’t see the hate for it, and I’m glad to see other readers in agreement that it wasn’t “awful.”

    • djblack1313

      DB35, i agree word for word.

      • Thanks djblack! I always enjoy reading your posts; you consistently hit the nail on the head.

        • djblack1313

          @DB35, thanx man! 🙂

    • Rabester72

      Totally agree. Seems Mr Disgusting saw a different movie to the rest of us. It reminded me of the Buffy series in it’s approach. Funny where it should be funny, suspense when there should be suspense and drama when there should be drama. An all round fun and enjoyable popcorn movie.

      • Good call on the “Buffy” reference; I was trying to think what it reminded me of. I watched it again tonight, simply because I wanted to make sure I wasn’t just “fanboy” gushing because I loved the book so much. I liked it better the second time. And I can’t believe the crush I have on Addison Timlin (“Stormy”) haha. Wow!

  • Samhain2010


    Does Odd Thomas just have sex with a ghost for like a month? Is his whole house just covered in his ejaculate?

  • Ryan

    This film wasn’t perfect, but it was not awful. Obviously judging by this site and the thumbnail pics of all of the previous users who posted, I’ll bet this is some hack and slash fan club. Before you call a movie awful, learn what a real movie is. Idiots.

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