Though I was aware of executives forcing in the horrific CGI for the monster scenes and trying to take the film as a standalone, the fact is it's just bad. With actors that looked bored, a generic music score that's complete with stinger cue jump scares there's a feeling of pleading desperation by the end, like the film at least tried to pay homage to the 82 classic with a half ass script, really! What was the point!
(Generous) 3 - While I don't doubt that Mr. Heijningen is the huge fan of the original "The Thing" that he proclaims himself to be, I am also fairly certain that he doesn't have a full grasp on what makes its premise work. Gone is the visual ingenuity and immaculate staging, the characterization, the pacing, the creature's subterfuge and even its physiological coherence. This prequel is a pale imitation.
Not bad but totally unnecessary prequel to Carpenter's 1982 horror masterpiece. Gone is the feeling of any real tension as we basically playout and often near recreate events that also take place in the orginal. Winstead wonderfully miscast though the rest of cast don't do much better. Characters appear and disappear with an especially ridiculous coda. Plot holes big enough to sleep in. Enough remakes already.