my opinion, to justify a remake, you should either base it on an
original that is dated and inaccessible to the current viewers, or you
should make the film through a different point of view or angle. Sadly,
John Moore's cleverly marketed The Omen (premiering on a date
full of sixes) is nothing more than a replica of Richard Donner's original.
I suspect that David Seltzer was too proud of his screenplay to be
willing to alter it significantly. But with that said, even with
Seltzer's script, director John Moore could have brought some identity
to the film. All we get is two updated scenes (both quite useful) and a
handful of "cheat scares" (i.e. suddenly appearing images
accompanied by ridiculously loud shrieking sounds).
acting is fair, but rarely an improvement on the original. Liev
Schreiber is dull in the lead, Julia Stiles have some impressive scenes
(although she's far too young), whereas both David Thewlis and Pete
Postlethwaite does fine work. Casting Mia Farrow as Mrs. Baylock was
absolutely a good idea, and she gives her part some distinctiveness.
That is, unfortunately, more than can be said about young Seamus
Davey-Fitzpatrick. He's a cute kid, but his acting seems forced and far
too self-conscious. He's never close to the level Harvey Stephens
reaches in the original. That doesn't necessarily mean Stephens was a
better actor, but I believe the director is very important in getting
the best from kids this age in uncustomary roles. And Richard Donner is
known for having a knack of just that. John Moore, on the other hand,
gets only artificial evil from his Damien, and we're left with a
predictable and unnecessary film.