Halloween Disc-A-Day: Day 29 The Omen (2006 remake)

This project is an attempt to help me get dvds that for one reason or another I’ve never seen off of my shelf and give them a watch.  Today’s pick is The Omen

IMDb: The Omen (6 June 2006)
An American official realizes that his young son may literally be the Devil incarnate.

From the director of the nail in the coffin of the Die Hard series, A Good Day to Die Hard, and Max Payne, we have the The Omen remake.  Released 30 years to the day after the original, all that really differentiates the two films is the 30 year time difference and some more elaborate effects work.  The film follows extremely closely to the original.  So closely, in fact, the original writer is the only one credited.  The only obvious changes are scenes involving cell phones and those are extremely few.  It’s better than I expected coming from John Moore, the director, given his track record.  Then again, he did have a working model of exactly how the movie should be to work from.  I thought the beheading effect for the photographer was nice, but some of the others seems too overblown like the POV shot from the spike and the melty priest face.  I can see why this isn’t brought up in either the conversation of best or worst remakes.  It doesn’t take any chances and ends up being forgettable for it.

Only two more left.  In the meantime, check out the Motion Picture Meltdown episodes for the original The Omen and Max Payne.

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