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“The Thing” [2011] – Review (SO-SO)

October 15, 2011

I’m a major fan of “John Carpenter’s The Thing”, it’s literally my favorite horror film (next to “The Evil Dead”). The acting is strong, the direction is pitch perfect for a horror film, and the visual effects make the film what it is today. It’s one of those films that ages well every year. It can even scare the youngest tween by his or her’s standards of today’s horror films.

Now, when I heard that a prequel was coming out, focusing on the Norwegian crew that Macready’s boys discover in the original ’82 film, I had some mixed emotions. As a fan, I was kind of interested; I mean what actually did happened to the Norwegian crew? But, but in hindsight, there shouldn’t have been that much interest, if you see the original movie, you pretty have a clear understanding regarding what happened to them, so it defeats the purpose to make a prequel.

Saw the trailer months back, more of the same really. Nothing really new, except for the fact that the effects will most likely be CGI, which they were. Directed by up and coming filmmaker, Matthijs van Heijningen, this director does have a good grasp on the thrills & scares that made the original so good. In a lot of ways, he’s mimicking John Carpenter, he ‘The Thing’ of directors, I guess is the best way of putting it.

It’s Antarctica, 1982. Paleontologist Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winsted) has traveled to this desolate region for an expedition. She joins a Norwegian scientific team that has stumbled across an alien ship that’s been buried under the ice for ages. Kate discovers an organism that seems to have died in the crash eons ago, but it is about to wake up once again. When a simple experiment frees the alien from its frozen prison, Kate must join the crew’s pilot, Carter (Joel Edgerton), to keep it from killing them off one at a time. Classically, the parasite can mimic anything it touches organically, it will pit human against human as it tries to survive and flourish. Paranoia becomes the name of the game.

The paranoia theme remains intact, as it was done in the ’82 version. That’s what you got to love about these stories; you just don’t know whom to trust anymore. There are hints regarding who’s who and who’s not. The two-headed thing makes it’s appearance, in the original film, Macready’s finds the burnt carcass of that two headed morphed thing, in this film you find out how that comes to be. There are some nice nods for fans of the original, I’m not going to lie, it left me smiling.

Yes, the film does justice for the fans sake, but was making this movie necessary? No, it wasn’t. Like I stated before, you know how the movie is going to end, you know the dog is going to escape which will run into Macready’s team, so, really why make it. What’s the purpose of a reboot these days? To introduce an old something to a whole new group of viewers. It’s a sad truth, but it’s so much easier to just rent the damn original movie. Rerelease the original in theaters so newer viewers can be introduced to this material. Sony Pictures is doing that with “Ghostbusters”, so why not with “John Carpenter’s The Thing” Universal? C’mon!

GRADE: C+

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 15, 2011 3:07 pm

    Eh, I’ll just netflix John Carpenter’s version. You just can’t beat it.

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