What it also isn't is scary. It does not chill the soul and give pause for contemplation of the many prophecies of the Book of Revelations. Indeed, Damien (mostly played by young Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick) seems more autistic than demonic, while the moments of devilish mayhem are belabored: fiendish and brutal, yet dull and numbing.
The plot points here rarely deviate from the original, making predictability another of the film's downfalls. Actors Liev Schreiber ("The Manchurian Candidate") and Julia Stiles ("The Bourne Supremacy") stand in for Gregory Peck and Lee Remick; while they are both plainly incorrect for their respective assignments, the material does not suggest different casting would have mattered. No, the central problem is that the film, for all its gothic iconography and moody lighting, is a silly bore. Global warming is scarier. Try watching the newly released documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" and sleeping through the night. Starring Liev Schreiber, Julia Stiles, Semus Davey-Fitzpatrick, David Thewlis and Michael Gambon. Directed by John Moore. Written by David Seltzer. Produced by John Moore and Glenn Williamson. A Fox release. Horror. Rated R for disturbing violent content, graphic images and some language. Running time: 111 min