Anchor Bay and Raven Banner have just announced the Canadian DVD release of Stephen Sommers’ Odd Thomas. The adaptation of Dean Koontz’s bestseller will be available on March 25, 2014.
The film played at this year’s Toronto After Dark Film Festival to mixed reviews, but was widely loved by fans of Koontz’s series on the oddball detective. It’s a fast-paced film, that would keep anyone engaged. Though it relies far too heavily on shoddy CGI, the film is a gem if for no other reason than its cast. Anton Yelchin as Odd Thomas himself is absolutely wonderful, and elevates the film to the highest calibre. For him alone, this is one not to miss.
In a California desert town, a young cook Odd Thomas (Star Trek’s Anton Yelchin) with a unique ability to see supernatural forces at work encounters a mysterious man with a link to a darkness that threatens to destroy the people around him. The mysterious man comes to town with a voracious appetite, a filing cabinet stuffed with information on the world’s worst killers and a pack of hyena-like shades following him wherever he goes. Who the man is and what he wants, not even Odd’s deceased informants can tell him. His most ominous clue is a page ripped from a day-by-day calendar for August 15.
Today is August 14. In less than twenty-four hours, the town of Pico Mundo will awaken to a day of catastrophe. As evil coils under the searing desert sun, Odd travels through the shifting prisms of his world, struggling to avert a looming cataclysm with the aid of his soul mate and an unlikely community of allies. His account of two shattering days when past and present, fate and destiny converge is the stuff of our worst nightmares—and a testament by which to live: sanely if not safely, with courage, humor, and a full heart that even in the darkness must persevere.
Odd Thomas will launch the newest program of Sinister Cinema this Thursday, February 13th in select cinemas across Canada.
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