Odd Thomas

Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz

I waited with anxious anticipation for my request of "Odd Thomas" to arrive. Hollywood has a long history of changing crucial elements of a favorite series. I must say I was pleasantly surprised by director Stephen Sommers' take on the Dean Koontz series. With some relatively minor exceptions, it was the closest book to movie interpretation that I've seen.

For those of you unfamiliar with the books, Odd is a small town fry cook who has paranormal abilities. He can see dead people. Odd can also see bodachs who are wraith-like demons who are attracted to pain and destruction. When he sees his town of Pico Mundo overrun with bodachs, he realizes it heralds a near apocalyptic event. Enlisting the help of his girlfriend, Stormy, and the local police chief, Odd races against time to save the day.

"Odd Thomas" stars Anton Yelchin. He does an excellent job portraying Odd's quirkiness and naivety. There is a strong supporting cast featuring Addison Timlin as Stormy and Willem Dafoe as Chief Wyatt Porter. The movie is able to capture the essence of Koontz's creation.

I loved the blend of supernatural, humor with scenes of intense action. It is filled with twists and turns. I impatiently waited for its release since I first read it was in production. Here's hoping that "Odd Thomas" was the first in a movie franchise.

--Ron A., Weber Road Branch

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