While “The Omen” is best known for its death sequences, Jennings’ “Twilight Zone”-style character arc with the supernatural camera is what really keeps the story going as we predict how he will eventually die. If we had any doubts before, his grisly death shows us the real devil is lurking in this movie.
We don’t understand Jennings’ backstory, but David Warner’s measured performance gives us a really good sense of who he is. In a rumpled jacket and tie, he creates a somewhat dashing and solitary figure, who we might imagine going down Carnaby Street to photograph The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix in their younger years. His approach to reality is in stark contrast to Brennan’s words, which is why Thornton instinctively trusted him. Perhaps the two men could be good friends in less trying circumstances.
If there’s one criticism of the Jennings character, it’s because of the script by David Seltzer, which makes him a bit Basil Exposition at times. Still, Warner got through it, outright selling each grim reveal with pragmatism and poor delivery. Jennings comes across as a nice guy you might meet in a pub, and because he’s so easy going, we really hope he can somehow avoid his fate.
No sewing. “The Omen” isn’t that kind of movie, and its death scenes still pack a punch nearly 50 years later. The sequels have enhanced the previous one’s horrifying crashes, but none have surpassed the tragic death of Robert Jennings, a shockingly indefinable end to a character played by Warner. role play with such dignity. That’s what makes it so frustrating, and it still plagues me all the time.
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