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Running Time:
1 hour, 50 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for disturbing violent content, graphic images and some language

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
Another remake that they needn't have remade.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Unrated extended scenes and extended ending; Commentary by director John Moore, producer Glenn Williamson and editor Dan Zimmerman; Omenisms documentary; Abbey Road recording session featurette; Exclusive behind-the-scenes featurette: Revelation 666.

The Omen
This is a remake of the 1976 horror classic that starred Gregory Peck and Lee Remick. In this update, Liev Schreiber ("Tha Manchurian Candidate") plays Robert Thorn, the newly appointed U.S. ambassador to England. He's been living in Rome, where his son was born, died, and was replaced by an alternate baby without his wife's knowledge. His wife Katherine, played by Julia Stiles ("The Bourne Identity"), thinks there's something odd about her little Damien (Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick), but she's can't quite put her finger on it. And Robert is never with the child long enough to notice anything wrong, besides he doesn't really want to acknowledge that the baby he swapped for his real one could really be the child of Satan.

On Damien's fifth birthday their nanny commits suicide in full view of the party guests. Then out of nowhere a creepy replacement nanny appears played by Mia Farrow ("Rosemary's Baby"). She seems to be duty-bound to protect the adorable tyke. Then a bunch of characters show up including a priest named Father Brennan (Pete Postlethwaite "The Shipping News") who warns Robert Thorn about his potentially evil son, and a photographer named Keith Jennings (David Thewlis "Naked") who helps Robert look for answers. They wind up in the company of an artifact-collector/ranting lunatic named Bugenhagen (Michael Gambon, "Dumbledore" in the Harry Potter Films).

Director John Moore (he also directed the equally unfathomable remake of "Flight of the Phoenix") has even re-created some of the exact shots that the much better director Richard Donner used in the original. Only if you're easily frightened by mediocre horror movies will you possibly enjoy this one.

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