Fast-Paised review: ‘The Omen'

As in the 1976 version of "The Omen," Robert (Liev Schreiber) and Kate (Julia Stiles) raise Damien as their own but begin to suspect, dammit, he's pure evil.

Big question: If the number 666 is associated with the devil and the end of the world, will this remake scare anyone by being released on 6/6/06?

Skip it: Dream sequences and constant rain are the only weapons in director John Moore's arsenal, and "The Omen" is just a fragmented story of negligent parents under the impression their son is the Antichrist even though all he does is glare at everyone. Maybe they should pay more attention to Damien's sketch of his babysitter hanging herself instead of freaking out when he makes a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. (Yep, it really happens.)

Catch it: If you're thinking of adopting. "The Omen" reminds you to only adopt from a non-evil agency.

Bottom line: Your child might be the son of the devil if he rarely talks, rarely smiles and scares the hell out of zoo animals. Your remake might be pointless if it takes a mediocre movie and makes it worse.

Bonus: If you're still reading this after June 6, congratulations! You survived the apocalypse.

mpais@tribune.com

----

'The Omen'

Directed by John Moore; screenplay by David Seltzer; cinematography by Jonathan Sela; edited by Dan Zimmerman; production design by Patrick Lumb; music by Marco Beltrami; produced by Glenn Williamson and John Moore. A 20th Century Fox release; opens Tuesday. Running time: 1:45. MPAA rating: R (for disturbing violent content, graphic images and some language).

Katherine Thorn - Julia Stiles

Robert Thorn - Liev Schreiber

Mrs. Baylock - Mia Farrow

Jennings - David Thewlis

Father Brennan - Pete Postlethwaite

Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times
Related Content
  • Make a night of it

    Find: • Recommended dining • Recommended bars

Comments
Loading