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Review: 'Odd Thomas' gets the hero right, but not the tone
Review: 'Odd Thomas' gets the hero right, but not the tone

It's not easy for a fantasy franchise to nimbly establish an elaborate back story, but "Odd Thomas" pulls it off with breezy matter-of-factness in its opening scenes. The titular character, who goes by "Odd" (Anton Yelchin), is an average guy who can't help being a hero. "I may see dead people," he explains, "But by God, I do something about it." With his elfin looks, aw-shucks demeanor and propensity for righteous brawling, Odd looks and acts like a comic-book avenger. Early on, he bangs up a murderer he chances upon — a bloody-nosed citizen's arrest that the police chief (Willem Dafoe) tolerates because Odd is never wrong about...

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