In the small, California desert town of Pico Mundo, Odd Thomas (Anton Yelchin) works as a cook in a little diner. His life seems quite relaxed, and he spends much of his time with his girlfriend Stormy (Addison Timlin). What very few people know about Odd, is that he can see dead people. Instead of ignoring them, Odd does whatever he can to help them, usually stopping a killer at large with the help of Chief Wyatt Porter (Willem Dafoe). When Odd sees a man in the diner followed by a large number of Bodachs, spirits that only appear when murder and mayhem is on the way, he discovers a sinister plot that will destroy the lives of the Pico Mundo residents.
Based on the Dean Koontz novel, Odd Thomas is a great blend of realism and fantasy, and is an exciting, tense, and funny ride from the first moments. Directed by Stephen Sommers, best known for The Mummy franchise, he does a fantastic job of creating a slightly campy world that masks an incredibly realistic idea. While Odd (Anton Yelchin) can see dead people, as well as spirits called Bodachs, the murder that he’s trying to prevent has nothing to do with spirits. The monsters are people, and the crime that Odd is trying to stop is all too real, which makes the film so compelling.
Yelchin and Addison Timlin are incredible as couple, Odd and Stormy. They have great chemistry, and quickly become characters that audiences will fall in love with. They both bring a touch of strange to their roles, perfectly fitting into the weird world of Odd Thomas.
Should You Watch Odd Thomas?
Definitely. Great lead performances from Yelchin and Timlin are just one highlight in a film with creative effects, strong writing, and monsters that are all too real. Don’t miss out on this exciting film.