The Omen (2006)

Movie review by
Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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Unintentionally funny horror remake. So very bad.
  • R
  • 2006
  • 105 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 18 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

No one acts very admirably.

Violence

Deaths are bloody, grotesque, and explicit (car explodes and burns passenger, men speared and decapitated by falling architecture); big loud dogs attack several characters; woman hangs herself off a rooftop in public; mother falls from balcony, with flailing limbs and plaintive scream (this might bother younger viewers even more than the bloody stuff); nanny poisons and throttles incapacitated woman in hospital bed; father tries to kill his son (using multiple knives, inside a church).-

Sex

Katherine appears in a tub, but nudity is only implied.

Language

Two f-words, one "damn," one "hell," frequent discussions of God and Satan, lots of screaming in fear and fury.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Reporter smokes cigarettes a couple of times.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the film concerns the antichrist and the "end of days," and uses brief images of recent disasters (9/11, Katrina) to suggest the time is near. The film includes extreme violence and bloody images of deaths engineered by Satan/evil forces; the most gruesome images include characters speared and beheaded and a knockdown fight between a father and the nanny. The film also includes a mother saying she wants to abort her second child, seeing a psychiatrist, being terrorized and injured by her son (a scary fall from a balcony), and a father's decision to kill his own young son. The film also contains some strong language, including two uses of the f-word.

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  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byNeonKennedy February 3, 2012

Terrible remake has nothing special.

The Oman is very bland. The deaths are predictable.
Adult Written by@@@ December 16, 2011

Don't even think about it

Now THAT's bad for a remake. Dull and scareless, this movie is not for anyone. I can't honestly say that it's unintentionally funny, but what I c... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old October 6, 2019

Disappointing, cheesy copy of the old one..

The Omen (2006) is filled with bland acting and copied story telling from the first film in more modern days. It is also filled with un-realistic graphic imager... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byRicky horror March 18, 2017

Iffy for 17+

Too satanic for 17 and under!!!

What's the story?

John Moore's remake of the 1976 original focuses on the vulnerable mother Katherine (Julia Stiles). When she loses her own baby during childbirth at a Roman hospital, an odious priest and her U.S. ambassador husband Robert (Liev Schreiber) arrange to hide this awful tragedy from her and give her the substitute child. The baby is Damien (Shamus Davey-Fitzpatrick), the son of the devil. While Kate is left pretty much alone, Robert heads to the embassy, where he's accosted by gaunt Father Brennan (Pete Postlethwaite). Unnerved but unmoved, Robert does eventually believe the "evidence" presented to him by dogged journalist Keith Jennings (David Thewlis). Together, they travel the globe in search of "answers," namely, how to dispose of this monstrous child.

Is it any good?

Loud and ludicrous, THE OMEN (2006) makes its distinctions between good and evil clear upfront. The sweet, suffering mother is sadly doomed, while the devil who connives to have her raise his son is dark and crafty. This showdown is occasioned by the arrival of the antichrist, here in the form of a cute-seeming infant, foretold by "signs" that include the 9/11 attacks and Katrina (these glimpsed in brief news clips).

As Damian finds ways to torment Kate (mostly by glaring at her or hiding in the park), she becomes the audience's point of identification. That said, she's saddled with a wardrobe that alternates between grim and stuffy (official-wife suits or blood-red garments) and looks lost in the stark, too-spacious interiors in the couple's new abode in London. Condemned to the usual girl-in-a-horror-movie antics, Kate is beset on all sides, not least by a scary nanny (Mia Farrow) who comes with her own scary dog. The men's actions, however, remain less compelling than the mother's melodrama. Poor Kate: She distrusts her child and shouldn't trust her husband. She doesn't have a chance.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the appeal of horror movies. Why are they so popular, especially with teens? Is gory the same thing as scary?

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