Yesterday the movieworld was shocked by the death of yet another young and promising actor: Anton Yelchin. He was only 27 years of age. In his young life he had already starred in a number of big budget Hollywood Blockbusters, such as Terminator Salvation and the new J.J.Abrams Star Trek reboot movies. The newest Star Trek movie, Star trek:Beyond will be released next month, in which he will reprise his role as Chekov, sadly for the last time. But Anton did not only play roles in blockbusters,he also starred in several arthouse movies. He was widely praised and one just can’t help but wonder what kind of greatness he could have achieved, if he did not lose his life in such a bizarre accident. One thing is for sure, he will be sorely missed.
The movie i am about to review,Odd Thomas, in which Yelchin is playing the lead i strangely saw on saturday, one day before i received the news of his death. Odd Thomas is based on the novel by Dean Koontz. Having not read the novel i don’t know how faithfull this adaptation is, but what i do know is that i loved this movie from start to finish. Anton plays the role of Odd Thomas (yes his character truly has that name), a young man who at first glance just looks like any ordinary guy. Thomas has a secret however: he has the ability to talk to people who have been murdered and in this way he solves the most horrifying crimes. When one day a bunch of evil spirits enter his small town, it is the prelude and omen of something truly sinister that is about to go down. Can Odd solve the mystery before hundreds of people may lose their lives?
Odd Thomas is just one of those movies that puts a smile on your face right from the first scene. The movie has great humor, some truly terrific special effects, and enough action that there is not one dull moment throughout it’s 90 minute runtime. Anton is joined in this movie by veteran actor Willem Dafoe, who always puts down decent roles. It is Yelchins natural charisma, and great acting that truly is what makes this movie stand out from the usual crowd though. If you enjoy supernatural movies with action, and a small dose of comedy, than this one is well worth checking out. It has a solid story with enough twists in it to keep it interesting right up until the end credits.
I give this movie a 9 out of 10 score.