The Omen

  • 15
  • John Moore (3) (2006)
  • US
  • 105 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

Déjà vu will probably be the most likely response to this absurdly faithful remake of Richard Donner's 1976 horror classic. Director John Moore seems to have followed the original screenplay to the letter, making only a few cosmetic changes and upping the gore content. Liev Schreiber inherits the Gregory Peck role of American diplomat Robert Thorn, who finds himself in a pickle when he realises that his adopted son Damien is the Antichrist. The classy cast also includes Pete Postlethwaite, in the role of oddball priest Father Brennan (originally played by Patrick Troughton), David Thewlis, in David Warner's role as the suspicious photographer and Mia Farrow, hamming it up magnificently as Mrs Baylock, Damien's devilish nanny. It's competently directed and reasonably enjoyable, but you do end up wondering what the point was - perhaps just to serve its release date, 06/06/06.

Plot Summary

Remake of the 1976 horror classic, starring Liev Schreiber and Julia Stiles. When Katherine, the wife of American diplomat Robert Thorn, loses her child at birth, her husband is persuaded by a Catholic priest to substitute an orphan baby, whom he names Damien. But over the years, as one bizarre and frightening event follows another, Katherine comes to the chilling realisation that the child is the Antichrist.

Cast and crew

Cast

Robert Thorn
Liev Schreiber
Katherine Thorn
Julia Stiles
Mrs Baylock
Mia Farrow
Jennings
David Thewlis
Damien Thorn
Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick
Bugenhagen
Michael Gambon
Father Brennan
Pete Postlethwaite
Dr Becker
Nikki Amuka-Bird
Tom Portman
Reggie Austin
Ambassador Steven Haines
Marshall Cupp
Tabloid reporter
Harvey Stephens (2)

Crew

Director
John Moore (3)

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
20th Century Fox
Guidance: 
Contains violence and swearing.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 2 Jun 2006
Certificate 15
Categories
Drama

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