The Omen series concludes with this second sequel, starring Sam Neill as the adult Damien--a.k.a. the son of Satan--in a battle with the heavens for control of mankind. The film ends up depending more heavily on effects an... more »d spectacle than on the kind of basic horrors that made the first movie in the series so unsettling, but at least this one gives some closure to the seemingly endless saga. --Tom Keogh« less
"The first film, THE OMEN, is one of my all-time favorite movies, but the sequels go from watchable (DAMIEN: OMEN II) to downright baffling.
By the time we get to this film, THE FINAL CONFLICT, it appears that the filmmakers have completely lost touch with their source material and have no idea what they're doing. Did any of them bother looking at the Book of Revelations? I understand budget restraints and such, but how can you literally change biblical prophecy to fit their lame story?
The people who saw the original film and were filled with dread understood the coming evil embodied in the demonic child. By the time they get to THE FINAL CONFLICT, they've got to be scratching their heads. The Second Coming of Christ is going to be a tad bit more cataclysmic than featured here. And the fate of the Antichrist is completely baffling. THE FINAL CONFLICT is like making a movie about Adolph Hitler and he's assassinated in 1936. Think about it."
Rather Well Made
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I adore this movie. It is my favourite in the trilogy. For a low-buget film, I'd say they did a pretty good job. People complain about the acting and direction all the time, but some of the actors weren't very experienced at the time and it was the director's first film. I congratulate them for making such a good movie."
A much underrated Masterpiece ...And the score !!
C. Rheinheimer | Australia | 06/03/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Final Conflict is a rare film in its genre...consisting of sumptious production standards, no over the top CGI or hammy lines....just beautiful cimematography, strong acting and the best element of all....Jerry Goldsmith's compellingly beautiful score.... this movie demonstrates how a powerful film score can transcend and lift a film into a higher realm of fantastic possibilities ........in my opinion this film is a perfect-seamless blend of visionary lushness and sound....I believe this to be Goldsmith's greatest score with the exception of that composed for Ridley Scott's film Legend ... again a beautiful example of evocative film making incorporating the undeniable power of a perfect film score. So if you need only reason to see this film let that be it...."
Part 3! 3 Stars!
Stanley Runk | Camp North Pines | 06/14/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Sorry, but I have to talk for a moment about the concept of the "Part 3". I like watching Part 3s, especially Part 3s to successful, blockbuster flicks. By the time you get to a Part 3 in a series, the screenwriters are trying their damnedest to put a new spin on the story and take it in a different direction to separate it from the first. This usually results in laughable, silly and outrageous ideas on film. After all, everything cool and worthwhile was in Part 1, and sometimes you can wring a few interesting concepts from a Part 2, but by Part 3 you're really stretching it(and of course even more so if more sequels are made). Stuff like Star Wars and Back to the Future don't count coz they were envisioned as trilogies from the getgo. But Part 3s can be very fun to watch in their own right. They might be bad films(in rare cases they are better than the Part 2), but can be enjoyed in a different way than the first film was enjoyed. It's because of Part 3s that Rocky is getting thrown out of the ring by Hulk Hogan, and that Superman is teaming up with Richard Pryor and dealing with an evil twin. It's also the reason Karate Kid 3 ended up being Karate Kid 3. Well, in this case of Part 3s, I'm talking about the Antichrist. No, not Will Farrell, good ol' Damien from The Omen. In the Final Conflict he has managed to go from 5 to 32 years old in the space of 5 years. He is now reigning king of Thorn Industries and ambassador to Great Britain. He gets a bit worried when he finds out that Christ has recently been reborn, and sends his "Disciples of the Watch"(Ha! Now I know where Testament got that!) to kill all babies born on that particular day. If that weren't stressful enough for the Antichrist, there's a gang of Antichrist hunters out to assassinate him. Armed with those daggers that were given to Gregory Peck in the first film, they periodically attack, only to fail of course. Besides, wasn't this act supposed to be carried out on hallowed ground? Oh well, it's a Part 3. There's also a reporter who has the hots for Damien, then eventually realizes who he is, but by that time her son has been brought into the Antichrist fold. Damien also introduces her to the wonderful world of rough sex. This movie is okay. It's not terribly exciting, but just interesting enough to make you want to see it through. Yes, some new concepts are thrown in, but this movie really doesn't feel like a horror film at all, and that's a far cry from the first Omen. I've always really liked Sam Neill, but it's difficult for me to buy him as the Antichrist. He's too nice or something. He seems more just like a corrupt and shrewd corporate headhoncho than the son of the devil. Plus, you'd think the "final conflict" between Jesus and the Antichrist would be a bit more epic. I mean, this is the battle of all battles, baby!! This should be Cecil B. Demille on friggin' steroids. This should make Lord of the Rings look like Deathstalker 4. Oh, well. I guess for a movie that was pretty unnecessary to begin with, it wasn't all that bad."
The Best Movie Ever
Gothic Splendour | Christchurch, New Zealand | 11/21/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is my favourite movie. A few of the actors weren't very well known and it was the director's first movie, yet they still managed to put a good movie together. People often complain about dumb things like the attire (hello, it was 1981) and those weird elements often in demonic horror films. It was wonderfully dark and suberbly made. I would DEFINETLY recommend it."