The Omen (2006)

The original version of The Omen never struck me as a particularly good movie, and I couldn’t see much point in doing it again. Having seen the remake, I’m even more puzzled.

It’s more or less a straight copy, with some of the set-pieces changed and with some real-life incidents dragged in to give it some dubious relevance. The casting is a bit strange; Liev Schreiber is a good actor but lacks Gregory Peck’s age and authority, and Mia Farrow has a pointless cameo. It’s directed by Irishman John Moore, who is always good value on DVD extras, and it will pass the time without ever surprising you, whether or not you’re familiar with the original.

Out now in R1.

Mild Peril Rating: ★★½☆☆

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