Odd Thomas (Movie)

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This showed up on Netflix, and while I’ve never read the books, it looked interesting.

Normally I’m not a fan of Urban Fantasy. I’ve quit the Dresden Files, the Iron Druid Chronicles and probably some more that didn’t even stick in my mind.

However, I enjoyed this a good bit more than I was expecting. Part of it was that Odd’s supernatural abilities didn’t overwhelm the thriller aspect of the story. Preventing a Small Town USA massacre has so many angles that it makes for a great plot point. And when you shroud even that with dead bodies, mysterious dreams, hell mouths and a veritable swarm of supernatural vultures, well, that is awesome.

I liked the guy who played Odd Thomas. He was humble, down to earth but not afraid to use what he knew. I found the whole ghost twist at the end interesting as well. I suspect most people saw it coming, but I wasn’t paying that much attention so it caught me square on the jaw, but in a good way.

Finally, the thing that made this a 4 star instead of just a 3 was that now I want to go read the books. When a movie pushes me to the source material, that is good. Now maybe if I’d read the books first and saw the movie then I’d be disappointed. But for ONCE I’ve seen the movie before I’ve read the books it was based on. That is a nice change for me.

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9 thoughts on “Odd Thomas (Movie)

  1. […] in May, I watched the movie Odd Thomas [Review can be found HERE] and really enjoyed it. Enough so that I sought out the books it was based […]

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    • HCNewton says:

      So this showed up on my email today, years late. Just wondering – did you try the books? They’re on my “try someday, maybe” list.

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      • Bookstooge says:

        In my work to make my blog better, I’m updating all my book reviews with tags, pictures, etc. I edited the first book, which had a link to my movie review, which was only on Booklikes. So I copy pasted the movie review and changed the link inthe book review to that one.

        I did end up reading the whole Odd Thomas series. The first book was the best and the rest stayed in the 3 to 3 1/2 star range. I did enjoy them enough to keep on trying Koontz out.

        I only have the first book all cleaned up, review-wise, while the others are still in the workpile. Let me know if you want a link, as I do spoil them pretty hard.

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  2. booksofb says:

    Can’t remember how I stumbled across this movie several years ago but glad I did. I remember it being both a bit eccentric and great fun. May have to go back and give it a second look. Also, wasn’t aware that it was based on a book. Guess it’s time to look into that. Thanks for this one. Brian

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    • Bookstooge says:

      I came across because of someone reviewing the book when I was on Booklikes. So I watched the movie on Prime, really liked it and decided to read the series.
      I’m glad I did 🙂

      I haven’t re-watched it since though, so I don’t know if it would stand up to repeated viewings…

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  3. Nicole says:

    I enjoyed this movie, too, and it’s also a case where the movie made me want to read the book. I haven’t yet read the book, though, so I’m curious to see whether I agree with your assessment of the book(s) as well. 🙂

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