The Thing Reviews

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October 13, 2011
Part horror film, part space thriller and all gore-fest, the movie ends up being a lot like its protagonist: a mess of a monster that stretches itself too thin to scare much.
October 13, 2011
It's an imperfect facsimile, guilty of borrowing too many ideas from the earlier film, and then executing them with differing results.
October 13, 2011
One gut-busting death after another, terror giving way to tedium.
October 13, 2011
A prequel to a remake, the latest Thing may be set in a very cold climate but it's far from chilling.
October 13, 2011
Dutch director Matthijs van Heijningen and company deliver lean suspense, and they update the Carpenter crew's gnarly alien-shapeshifter effects skillfully enough to remind us why the concept captures geek imaginations.
October 13, 2011
The problem with the new film is that rather than explore the story from a fresh angle, it follows, virtually beat by beat, the events of the Carpenter film.
October 13, 2011
Solves the mystery of what happened to the Norwegian research team that was all but wiped out at the beginning of The Thing.
October 13, 2011
As monster movies go, however, this one is better than the drivel we are normally subjected to and, by taking itself seriously (rather than adding comedic punctuation), it allows for tension and scares.
October 13, 2011
The new Thing, helmed by first-timer Matthijs van Heijningen, nods deferentially to John Carpenter's still-scary cult film while displaying little comprehension of what made it work.
October 13, 2011
It's a series of "Boo!" moments that add up to less and less as director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. piles on more and more of them.
October 13, 2011
An entertaining, well-acted oozefest.
October 13, 2011
It's full of chills and thrills and isolated Antarctic atmosphere and terrific Hieronymus Bosch creature effects, and if it winks genially at the plot twists of Carpenter's film, it never feels even a little like some kind of inside joke.
October 13, 2011
After the gradual build-up, for which director Heijningen relies more on inevitability rather than any demonstrable skill at generating genuine suspense, the payoff seems rote and completely out of step with everything that's come before.
October 13, 2011
For a film that takes place in such a cold locale, it all feels awfully warmed-over.
October 13, 2011
This version of "The Thing," directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr., provides such graphic and detailed views of the creature that we are essentially reduced to looking at special effects, and being aware that we are.
October 12, 2011
It lacks any sense of warmth. Which might be an odd criticism of a horror movie set in Antarctica, but there you have it.
October 12, 2011
How can you dial up the bone-deep terror that comes from failure of faith in the humanity of your friends and colleagues if you never distinguish real from cardboard people?
October 12, 2011
Watching this made me want to revisit both of the predecessors, which is a indeed a compliment.
October 12, 2011
A decent cast and a pristine glacial setting are wasted on a movie of alien transmutations and alien dissections that lacks urgency, or even a sense that's its very cold in Antarctica.
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