Odd Thomas

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Odd Thomas

Post by Rob@Sky » Mon Aug 26, 2013 8:02 am

Odd Thomas a great afternoon film today. Right level of polished fantasy horror/comedy amidst the possibly heavier movies.
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Re: Odd Thomas

Post by Charlie » Mon Aug 26, 2013 6:51 pm

I liked it. Felt a bit like a TV show though. 6/10

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Re: Odd Thomas

Post by Stephen with ph » Mon Aug 26, 2013 8:41 pm

Excellent: The Frighteners for a new generation. There can be no higher praise :D

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Re: Odd Thomas

Post by jonbly » Mon Aug 26, 2013 8:46 pm

9/10 - really liked this one - tailor made for a TV series to run on from here.

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Re: Odd Thomas

Post by sdaveak47 » Mon Aug 26, 2013 9:30 pm

7.5/10 The Frighteners meets Scott Pilgrim - not as good as the former but better than the latter.

Odd was great Stormy unfortunately a little irritating but still very entertaining overall.

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Re: Odd Thomas

Post by DJBenz » Mon Aug 26, 2013 10:47 pm

Loved it, but up against the slow dramas of Sunday and today it was bound to be a mood lifter. Possibly my favourite of the weekend, need to digest. My eyeballs sweated a little bit at the end.

9/10

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Re: Odd Thomas

Post by bernal316 » Mon Aug 26, 2013 11:55 pm

Had low expectations going into this one, but have to admit i was pleasantly surprised. Having the advantage of being based on a great book it really translated to the screen well. Well paced and nicely built towards the pay off. A great way to spend a bank holiday afternoon. And even though i knew the fate of Stormy it still moistened the eyeballs.
7.5/10

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Re: Odd Thomas

Post by FranksWildYears » Tue Aug 27, 2013 12:48 am

I'm almost embarrassed at how much I enjoyed this and I didn't have much hope for it either, but it was just the job after the hard going stuff and I'm glad I wasn't the only one to have something in their eye at the end. Erased the spectre of the woeful Banshee Chapter nicely.

I wonder who it's aimed at - it's a bit gory for kids (although I would have been a huge fan) and a bit cheesy and teen-drama for adults. Maybe they are planning a TV series for the teenagers after all, in which case my guess is E4 or possibly Channel 5.

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Re: Odd Thomas

Post by Lucio Frizzi » Tue Aug 27, 2013 1:37 am

Frightfest: The Dark Heart Of Cinema. That's what the image projected on the screen said. With that in mind, I settled down in my chair, rubbing my hands together excitedly, expecting something challenging perhaps or maybe something new or a twist on an old favourite. What did I get? A kids film, a FUCKING KIDS FILM!!! Something a Twilight fan would dismiss as ropey. Something I overheard people say was a "nice" film and a bit of a break. Something people on here have described as a good "Sunday afternoon" film?? The fucking Railway Children is a good Sunday afternoon film. I'm not expecting A Serbian Film on a loop but seriously? ...Jesus Christ....
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Re: Odd Thomas

Post by Wolfshade » Tue Aug 27, 2013 1:43 am

Wasn't really a typical FF film, and could have understanably thought of as a bit out of place, but I thought this was good, and was especillay interesting if you've read the book. It preserved the tone of the book very well, with the dusty small town feel, and the characters of Odd and Stormy were spot on.

Did spot a few plot holes (which are also present in the book IIRC) - firstly if Fungus Man is a ghost and Stormy can't see him, how does she follow him into the ice cream shop and find out what he orders? Secondly Odd stays to the other guy that can see the bodachs that they'll kill him if they know they can see him, then Odd finds out at the end the bodachs can actually see him and have been manipulating him, why didn't they just kill him before?

But anyway, good all the same 7/10

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Re: Odd Thomas

Post by sherbetbizarre » Tue Aug 27, 2013 4:30 am

Gave it 30 minutes... caught up on sleep.

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Re: Odd Thomas

Post by jonbly » Tue Aug 27, 2013 10:28 am

Wolfshade wrote: if Fungus Man is a ghost and Stormy can't see him, how does she follow him into the ice cream shop and find out what he orders?
He's not dead at that point.

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Re: Odd Thomas

Post by Wolfshade » Tue Aug 27, 2013 10:42 am

jonbly wrote:
Wolfshade wrote: if Fungus Man is a ghost and Stormy can't see him, how does she follow him into the ice cream shop and find out what he orders?
He's not dead at that point.
Ah 'kay, so he's killed between then and when he comes to the church.

Think the bit regarding the bodachs is still a plot hole though, if they knew he could see them and knew he was a threat, it seems strange they didn't just kill him like they did the other guy.

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Re: Odd Thomas

Post by mamawaldi » Tue Aug 27, 2013 12:27 pm

Enjoyed it. Reminded me very much of The Frighteners as someone else has posted. An odd choice for a "teen friendly" movie to have a mall shooting as a central plot point which I suspect will leave it struggling to get the release that it deserves.

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Re: Odd Thomas

Post by chuckie steel » Tue Aug 27, 2013 1:47 pm

I enjoyed this, thought it would be teen pop shit, and even though in some ways it was a teen pop film, I digged it. reminded me off The Frightners
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