At an Antarctica research site, the discovery of an alien craft leads to a confrontation between graduate student Kate Lloyd and scientist Dr. Sander Halvorson. While Dr. Halvorson keeps to his research, Kate partners with Sam Carter, a helicopter pilot, to pursue the alien life form.
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Heijningen reportedly studied Carpenter's film with the meticulousness of a fanboy. How could he get it so wrong? Or the writers? Why are the heroics at a Norwegian camp reserved for American charcters who seem arbitrarily recruited just to make this an English-language film? Why are the threads of the first film tied to the prequel only during the end credits like an afterthought? This sad prequel needs a do-over.
I've got no delusions about being pretty much in the most loathable position ever when it comes to this movie: Yes, I really liked the original, and yes, I really liked this one too. A lot of it is a rehash, but it still works, and quite well. I thought Mary was great, I liked that we actually got a closer look at the sci-fi alien stuff than we did in the '82 film, and I found it well shot.
Actually not that bad. A homage and a remake of the original with several variations and twists that is actually can be appreciated. Now i understand why they said the ending is lame,that's because they don't watch the original.
Although overall a very tepid, unenthusiastic prequel romp through all the best ideas from John Carpenter's original film "The Thing", it had a couple moments of interest. The most entertainment was in the moments of foreshadowing - the burnt two-faced creature, the videotape, the suicide, the escaped hound. All recognizable in the original film, and now explained - perhaps the only inventive side to the film.
They better not fuck this up. The amount of 'ø's and bjo's gives me some comfort, but seriously guys, you fuck up the scariest film of the 80s, you've got a lot to answer for. We're rooting for you, but for god's sakes don't fuck this up.
I didn't exactly have high expectations but I thought this was a considerable waste of time. The dialogue was so trite, it's like they weren't even trying. Mary Elizabeth Winstead miscast and somehow filmed in the most unflattering way possible. Some intriguing body horror elements ruined by an over-use of CGI. Really just a trashy monster movie like "The Relic." None of the paranoia or class of Carpenter's original.
Surprise! Hollywood blows it again. Not only does this "prequel" make the mistake of sharing the exact same name as the 1982 film, making things confusing already, but it is the exact same goddamn scenario almost scene to scene, even going so far as keeping many of the key moments of the original (ie. dog is first to be infected, the quarantine, radio is out, etc.). Even as a remake, it brings nothing to the table.