The Thing Reviews
Aun así, consigue mantener ciertos elementos que concuerdan con la de los ochenta, lo que para fans como yo, está bastante bien.
Aun así, le falta algo...
One of the biggest criticisms of this film is its over use of CGI. Annoyingly enough, the film was not intended to be this way. Every single creature in this film was originally a practical effect that was intended to be slightly enhanced with CGI. Then, the studio, decided nobody wanted that and forced them to use CGI monsters instead. Look how THAT turned out.
The film itself isn't all that bad though. Good acting, great atmosphere, decent creature designs (despite CGI) and the film ties in well with John Carpenter's film by the end.
If you watch it, at least think about what it was trying to do.
I went into the movie as a biology major that is used to being disappointed in the "science" behind movie monsters but this was on a whole nother level.
Firstly what was the logic behind the aliens actions? It was clearly highly intelligent, indicated by the fact that it's species was able to solve the problem of space travel not to mention it's amazing understanding of human behaviour. I understand that this was meant to be explained by the absorption. Yet if this process is so complex that the thing is able to absorb human memory, interpret it and learn human behaviour this fast you'd think that it would also be at least smart enough to have a better plan of surviving than killing every human and establishing it's evil intentions so soon, especially considering it's alone on a strange planet with no way of escaping if it was hunted by the entirety of the human species. I also don't really understand what the master plan of the alien species was supposed to be, and they have to have had one. why would they send only one boarded ship to earth to exterminate the human race if they're technology had to be also advanced enough to achieve this without setting a foot on earth?
I can understand and enjoy "dumb" monsters that kill humans for food or other motives, but I not only failed to find a motive and logic in the aliens behavior (which again should've been present considering), I believe whoever wrote this script didn't think it needed one, because people would watch the movie regardless and enjoy it as long as it was gorey enough and copied enough from the original and the alien franchise.
Even the actions of the very dull and not in the slightest bit fleshed out characters were, keeping in mind that half of them were supposed to be smart intellectuals, utterly stupid.
Yes, most horror movies (I am reluctant to call it that because it was so predictable it wasn't even scary), have their characters behave stupid, otherwise the problem would be solved a lot quicker, but it didn't make sense to have scientists act this incompetent.
Firstly, why the hell didn't they try to kill it in a different way after it was able to survive the flamethrower TWICE and after they saw it surviving after it's whole body stood aflame? Didn't they try to stop and think to change their tactic?
Secondly why did they all believe the main character? She was the only one who established that the aliens weren't (for whatever reason) able to synthesise anorganic material and she alone was the one who proclaimed people as potential aliens. (If I was the alien I would act just like that to infiltrate a place.)
On that, why would the alien first of all not be able to create anorganic material which shouldn't be that hard for their species, but then also not grow the teeth in a way where the filling would fit?? It doesn't have to synthsise something which is already available and if it can synthesise organic material this would make no sense.
But the reast of the story didn't make much sense either so I can not expect this much.
Let's just say I had high hopes, not because I had seen the original, but because I thought the premise of the movie was interesting, only to be gravely disappointed.
If you want to watch a good movie about alien liveforms "infiltrating" earth check out Alex Garland's new movie "Annihilation". It's a lot more creative that's for sure.
When somethings we don't see when it's been hidden for along time to now see what we have been longing to see. When somethings we can't see when they hide deep within us we see once the are unearthed and ready to take claim of its hosts to reveal itself. When somethings that hide and threaten our livelihood we hunt when we can't hide from things that hunt us too. When somethings are good at hiding that we think they are exactly the same as us but are not to tell the difference. When we think all that remains hidden is unearthed to have them released into the wild hidden in plain sight among other wild things to see the difference.