Debut director Matthijs van Heijningen's update of the previously twice-made "Thing" horror movies is a completely respectable effort in spite of everything you've heard or read otherwise.
He's right! I'm a huge fan of John Carpenters "The Thing" and was interested to see this 'prequel'. I have to say I really don't understand its low rating - I thought it was great! I'm a huge horror fan and this movie actually made me jump two times, and I can't even remember the last time a movie made me jump. The creature was really conceptualized well, and the story was well-paced. Sometimes it seemed more like a remake than a prequel, but that didn't detract from the overall experience. I thought it was a nice surprise and I plan to see it again!
Oct 18 - 05:56 PM
I agree completely with Cole's review. Even if you know what's the outcome because you saw Carpenter's film, you still wonder what the development would be.
In addition, it's refreshing to be a lead that is not a "kickass" hero, it's a lead with intelligence that could be any of us.
And yes... it has a similar plot. But it couldn't have happened otherwise... I found the similarities to be a strong point of the film as opposed to lack of originality. Furthermore, the plot takes you to places truly unexpected towards the climax. Go watch it! I'm a horror fan as well who watched Carpenter's film for the first time - and loved it - five days ago as a preparation for this movie, and I was not disappointed. You can see they made this movie with care, love and respect for its predecessor.
Oct 20 - 11:08 PM
It opens with three guys, sitting in a continuous-tread vehicle, who fall through thin ice in the tundra somewhere. Then they cascade violently down about a half mile before getting stuck when the crevice gets too small for the truck to fit through. Cue the opening with the title. Then the movie begins and never again is there a single mention of the crevice ordeal with these three men stuck a couple thousand feet under the surface and you call that a "completely respectable" movie? Hilarious.
Oct 21 - 04:23 AM
Umm, that scene with the three guys in the crevice was the discovery of the ship, without which there wouldn't be a story....
Oct 28 - 01:50 PM
Good review, could not agree more. I one of my favourite movies of all time is John Carpenter's The Thing. The fact this was a prequal (which people do not seem to be aware of for the most part) made it easier to watch. I loved the Norweigan cast, and overall it was a very good thrilling film with GOOD CGI (for a change).
Nov 25 - 04:21 AM