The prophecy is clear. The signs are unmistakable. On the 6th day of the 6th month in the year 2006 his day will come.
From the eternal sea he rises. Creating armies on either shore. Turning man against his brother. Until man exist no more.
These are some of the con-lines I saw that got me attracted. With it’s major publicity that hit the date. Yes, it’s premier was on 06.06.2006. Ah.. what a nice day. I guess good promotion is good enough to make this movie a big hit. But I guess everything else just stops there.
It was a big hoo-hah thing. Everyone is talking about the day. Triple six. The remake of the movie. Ah… perfecto hit. But sadly… I left the cinema felt being ripped off and worst of all.. conned (read: it was BAD and spoiler alert)
To begin with… I would clearly say the review made was solely based on this particular movie as I have never seen the 1976 version. Well.. yes, this is the first time I was noted and have any clue what the “Beast” is all about.
The movie starts of with a terrifying opening…. showing how the Vaticans is discussing about the signs of how the world is going to an end. Yes, a serious discussion about the Book of Revelation which revelas patterns that leads to a terrifying and ugly truth. The signs were significant and they even brought in examples like the World Trade center terrorist attacks, the recent tsunami’s and some other global events.
It is believe that the arrival of the Anti-Christ is soon to arrive where he/she will be marked with a numerical 666 (which is being called the Beast). It is believe this Anti-Christ will receive it’s powers to rule the entire world directly from the Satan.
The movie then zooms closer to a family. Robert Thorn (Liev Schreiber) is a senior American Diplomat. His wife, Kathryn (Julia Stiles) have difficulties in delivery and Robert was told that his wife have a miscarriage. He was also told that his wife suffered some scars in the womb which leads to her not being able to have children anymore. His concern soon turns to Kathryn as the baby is everything to her.
He was very soon conned by the hospital priest, Father Spiletto to take this other child born that night, whose mother died in childbirth. Due to his love for her wife, Robert agreed to it and raised the child as it’s own, without Kathryn knowing anything about it.
The child, Damien was soon being raised as Robert’s own flesh and blood. Everything turned out just fine as Robert’s career is blooming as well. He soon was promoted to become the United States ambassador in England when the previous ambassador dies tragically.
Just as everything seems perfectly fine, weird events start taking place. Yes, and all weird events that happen all take place around Damien (Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick). Her nanny firstly hang herself right in front of Damien during his birthday party.
Right after that incident, a strange and weird priest come looking for Robert warning Robert to kill his own son. Telling Robert that his son was a devil and will kill him. Even more surprising, it seems Damien’s actual mother is actually a wolf.
Matters turn worst as Damien acted weirdly during a drive to the church. His trip to the zoo worsen matters as it create a big havoc. Kathryn was slowly going nuts and she started to suspect that Damien is not her own child. She has this weird dreams every now and that which somehow manage to make me jump up a little.
She soon turned to a psychologist to get help. His husband was also asked to attend a few sessions to help understand more about what is bothering Kathryn. A scene which I hate to say is not professional at all as it is so obvious I could see some microphones hanging here and there.
On top of that, the new nanny, Mrs. Baylock (Mia Farrow) is rather scary. She came in to the position to protect Damien as he is believed to be the long-waited Anti-Christ.
Worst part of all, is the disturbing blurred photographs by a photographer. Yes, it’s some Final Destination 3 thingy… where they see visions of how the people died.
Everything was made clear when what Father Brennan told him is one by one becoming true. Kathryn is actually pregnant but everyone is planning to kill her baby as they worry it might change their plans. They will then kill Robert in order to make the prophecies come true. Father Brennan then died tragically and in a ugly way.
Robert and the photographer then heads off to check out the truth. Which then reveals a lot of disturbing truth. Yes, Robert’s actual baby actually wasn’t miscarriage. Instead the baby was being killed in order to successfully make Robert take Damien as his own child.
I was totally disappointed with the movie as it seems to be a rush job and lots of the continuity of the movie is bad. The microphones were seen every now and there scenes. Even worst, there we hand prints on the car during snow times which makes people know how many times the scene was being retake.
The actors were seriously not up to the standards. Robert was too stiff and boring. Kathryn is too young and I think she could not live up to the character.
I didn’t really know what this movie is talking about as I seriously have loads of questions that I could not figure out.
1. How come the hospital priest want to con Robert in to taking the children? He is part of the 666 member?
2. Since Damien is related to the wolf family, how come dogs are their guardian angels? And I tot dogs are men best friend?
3. How come everything only happen when he is 5 years old? Not earlier not later?
4. How come he is the only one who is being chosen?
5. Why does the nanny have to die?
6. Why does Father Brennan have to die?
7. Why when Robert is about to kill Damien, why none of the Vatican’s help out?
Ah… I am very disturbed. Sigh…. it’s bad.. it’s bad… it’s bad! I wish they just didn’t promote it this big! It gives me so much disappointment.