The Thing / La Chose (Bilingual)
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It’s not human. Yet. From the producers of Dawn of the Dead comes the chilling prelude to John Carpenter’s cult classic film. When paleontologist Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) travels to an isolated outpost in Antarctica for the expedition of a lifetime, she joins an international team that unearths a remarkable discovery. Their elation quickly turns to fear as they realize that their experiment has freed a mysterious being from its frozen prison. Paranoia spreads like an epidemic as a creature that can mimic anything it touches will pit human against human as it tries to survive and flourish in this spine-tingling thriller.
A masterful combination of gnawing paranoia and shockingly overt glop, John Carpenter's The Thing stands alongside David Cronenberg's The Fly at the absolute peak of remakes done right: movies that honor their source material, while following their own unique path. While this CGI-tricked-out prequel can't come close to equaling Carpenter's slow burn, it's by no means a disgrace, either. Much like Zack Snyder's Dawn of the Dead revamp (also produced by Strike Entertainment), this version of The Thing respects its predecessors, while amping up the action-movie rpm's. What it lacks in resonance, it mostly makes up for in enthusiasm. Set immediately before the events in 1982's film, the plot follows a Norwegian/American research team (including Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, and Ulrich Thomsen, amusingly made up to resemble the eggheaded scientist in 1951's original The Thing from Another World) who stumble across the frozen remains of an alien spacecraft. One ill-advised defrosting later, and the dwindling crew find themselves facing a viral enemy that duplicates its prey. Making his feature debut, commercial director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. admirably attempts to replicate Carpenter's gliding camera and claustrophobic staging, with diminished yet still effective results. (Likewise the special effects, which, while inventively disgusting, lack the germy viscosity of Rob Bottin's landmark work.) Thankfully, the filmmakers do prove remarkably successful at recapturing its predecessor's sense of fatalistic xenophobia, with a slew of characters seemingly capable of Thinging out at any time. While the disquiet ultimately fades as the third-act explosions mount, this reverent redo succeeds to a degree that might give even scoffing purists a goose bump or two. Keep watching the skies, and stick around during the end credits. --Andrew Wright
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This is actually a fairly tall order, given that the movies Hollywood chooses to remake tend to have been good ones to begin with, and so difficult to improve upon. The huge advances in technology, though, allow current filmmakers to jazz up even the most expertly designed originals, especially those movies that relied, all those years ago, on cutting edge special effects--movies like John Carpenter's 1982 version of The Thing.
And let's be honest, Carpenter's The Thing is considered a modern classic only due to its special effects--special effects which were undeniably impressive for that time. It was not an especially suspenseful movie, despite the paranoia inspired by the creature's shape-shifting abilities, and it was far from subtle, giving the alien plenty of camera time. But those special effects were pretty damn cool, especially for '82.
Oh, and let us not forget: Carpenter's The Thing was, itself, a remake. It was based upon a 1951 movie titled The Thing from another World. Both movies were based on a novella, Who Goes There?, by John W. Campbell. That oldest of the movies took a slightly different approach to the source material, eliminating the alien's shape-shifting abilities, and giving it the appearance of, well, Frankenstein's monster. The 1951 and 1982 versions share only a basic premise.Read more ›
A lot of critics called this remake of The Thing unnecessary. Admittedly it's hard to beat the 1982 John Carpenter film, especially considering it starred Kurt Russell.
But I don't automatically dismiss remakes. After all, 30 years have passed and to many kids and young adults this will be new.
Also in 1982 there was no CGI (computer-generated imagery).
Now this isn't the best CGI'I've ever seen but it's pretty good.
In this modern version paleontologist Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and the crew's pilot Carter (Joel Edgeton) discover a mysterious organism buried in the ice.
The team of Norwegian and American scientists are, at first, ecstatic to have found the first proof that we are not alone. Then the thing escapes its icy prison.
They eventually destroy the alien with fire only to find the scorched alien corpse has cells that are still alive and are consuming and imitating whoever it attacked last.
As snow piles up, and tempers strain the crew is faced with finding this predator that is capable of imitating them cell by cell.
I'm sure the producers Marc Abraham and Eric Newman began to look at remaking The Thing after successfully redoing Dawn of the Dead. If you think about it, the two films are quite simular.
The Blu-Ray has a unique special segment showing the cast getting trained with flame-throwers.
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Wish they stuck to the practical effects, but Mary Elizabeth Winstead more than makes up for it.Published 3 months ago by James Upton
Wow! A wild ride. If you like a good thrill, this is a good choice. Recommended.Published 14 months ago by Terry Ames
This is one of the best movie remakes that I have ever seen. I really love this movie better than the original and that is saying something because John Carpenter is one of my... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Jennifer
This came highly recommended from a co-worker who told me it was a great lead in to John Carpenter's original movie. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Rob
I had the original The Thing with Kurt Russell and had viewed it a number of times.
I wanted this one which is classed as a prequel and wasn't disappointed. Read more
I loved the original movie and if you too liked the original than this is worth a viewing for sure.Published 20 months ago by MAG