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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
Wow! A wild ride. If you like a good thrill, this is a good choice. Recommended.Published 10 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 11 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 12 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 16 months ago by MAG
It adds nothing. I hate when people use the saying, but this is a remake for remakes sake. It builds the same tension that made the unpredictability of the original so tense. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Jesse