He's a pretty ordinary lad, well, a little weird, but to look at, quite ordinary.
But Odd has secrets, secrets that are abilities. His main being that he sees dead people.
With seeing these dead people he tries as much as possible to help them move on by solving their deaths, for example right at the beginning of the film we are introduced to a young girl who has been raped (implied) and murdered (certain), he then follows her to the person who killed her and confronts him.
So yeah he tries to help.
Oh, I didn't mention, he also sees demon like creatures named Bodachs, which feed off the scent of death and are a beacon to show when death is coming. And they don't like to be seen.
But I had an idea as I have read a couple of Dean Koontz novels in the past and seen some film adaptations of his work.
He wrote the screenplay for the film 'Phantoms' for example and the film 'The Servants Of Twilight' was based on his book 'Twilight' which he wrote under the pseudonym Leigh Nichols.
Those are just two off the top of my head I can remember.
And both are completely different from each other and from the 'Odd Thomas' film I just watched.
Both 'Phantoms' and 'Servants' are quite adult films, 'Phantoms' caters towards a more teenage audience and fits perfectly within the 90's horror scene, whereas 'Servants' was a straight forward thinker for adults, which of course teens could enjoy also, but I think some might have got a little bored.
Well. 'Odd Thomas' had an eerily similar feel to it as 'John Dies At The End'.
I don't know if the books feel the same way, but this is how the film felt. It just wasn't as random or strange.
I know full well if you enjoyed 'John Dies', you'll enjoy this film too.
Everything about it is practically perfect.
I laughed, I jumped, I cried like a bitch.
Anton Yelchin and Addison Tamlin played the main two characters, Odd and his girlfriend Stormy perfectly.
I don't know if it was their acting or the way it was written but by the end of the film you truly care for the characters.
You even care for the other characters who play the secondary parts like Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man) as the chief of police and Nico Tortorella (The Following) as one of the cops.
I can't recommend the film enough.
If you ever have the chance to watch it, JUMP AT THAT CHANCE!
As it unfortunately came across some legal issues so hasn't been released yet. Looking on Amazon however sets it for some time early next year. (It was filmed early 2012).
I really hope it does get an official release as I would love to own it on Blu-Ray and get some special features with it, I'd especially love audio commentary by any of the cast, crew, or Koontz himself.
In all I have to give the film
It really is that good. Even Koontz after reading the initial screenplay said to have fallen over he believed it to be that perfect.