The Omen

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20th Century Fox Released 2006

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Director:
John Moore
Released:
2006
Rating:
R

The Omen is the 2006 remake of the 1976 horror classic brought to the big screen again for a new generation by director John Moore (Flight of the Phoenix, Behind Enemy Lines, May Payne). When politico Robert Thorn's (Live Schrieber, Scream 2, Sphere, Wolverine) wife's child dies upon being born, Thorn desperately wants to spare his wife the bad news, and to this end, agrees to adopt another newborn infant and substitute it for his own. As they raise the child, which they've named Damien, life seems to be going well. Thorn even lands a highly coveted position as American ambassador to Great Britain and the family moves to London. There, a series of strange incidents revolving around Damien begin to plague the Thorn family: Damien's nanny hangs herself, a new nanny named Ms. Baylock mysteriously shows up to take charge of him ' ferocious guard dog in tow, Damien freaks out when almost forced to go to church and a mysterious priest comes Thorn with a disturbing accusation: his son is the Anti-Christ, having been born to bring about the end of the world.

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  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    Despite slick camera work by Jonathan Sela and intense, naturalistic performances by Liev Schreiber and Julia Stiles, The Omen retains the aura of ceremonious kitsch of the first m...

  • 60

    Variety Brian Lowry

    Will a movie that scared the bejezus out of moviegoers 30 years ago pack the necessary wallop and carnage to satisfy fans of blood-soaked modern horror? The answer is a qualified yes.

  • 30

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Terminally glum and waterlogged.

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