That's the spirit!
There is charming dynamism to Stephen Sommers’ directing that leverages is own screenplay, which, in return, is based on a novel by Dean R. Koontz. I was at times reminded of The Frighteners, another light-hearted horror film about psychic visions, ghosts, spirits, and, ultimately, reapers, that really didn’t draw the line. It’s also reminiscent of Dead Like Me and John Dies at the End.
The script’s density is an inherent trait of fantasy novel adaptations. The film is fast-paced and constantly throws us off-balance, with reveals very much ahead of us. If there’s anything Odd Thomas can be blamed for, it’s being too busy to catch its breath. It’s one thing after another. The exposition stands in the way of action. Whatever, it’s horror and special effects we signed up for!
Anton Yelchin was the right man to play Odd Thomas. He’s charismatic enough to blend in, and he can handle a few “reapers”, for lack of better term. The reapers are called “bodachs”, and they’re invisible to humans. The movie starts with a bang, then chases its own tail, but has a good ending up its sleeve. All in all, Odd Thomas is an interesting take on the ghost/demon hunting model.