The Thing


Action / Horror / Mystery / Sci-Fi / Thriller

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 35%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 43%
IMDb Rating 6.2 10 107637


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Reviewed by Claudio Carvalho 6 / 10

A Remake Disguised in Prequel but Without the Tension of John Carpenter's Masterpiece

In 1982, the Norwegian Dr. Sander Halvorson (Ulrich Thomsen) invites the paleontologist Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) to join his team in his research in the Artic. On the arrival, she learns that they have discovered a spacecraft deep below in the ice. They find a frozen alien life form nearby and they bring to their facility for research. Out of the blue, the alien revives and attack the scientists, contaminating them and assuming the shape of his victim. Kate finds means to identify the creature, but maybe it is too late to save the team members.

In 1982, the master John Carpenter remade the 1951 "The Thing from Another World" ans his movie has become a masterpiece. The story of a shape-shifting alien that can assume any human form is tense, supported by a claustrophobic and depressing scenario, paranoid characters with Kurt Russell in the top of his successful career, haunting music score by Ennio Morricone and John Carpenter's top-notch direction.

This remake disguised in prequel is not totally bad, but follows the format of the present Hollywood movies, supported by special effects but without the atmosphere and the psychological horror of the 1982 movie. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "O Enigma do Outro Mundo" ("The Enigma of Another World")

Reviewed by Ian Rupert 8 / 10

Way underrated

The hate this movie gets is ridiculous in my opinion.

I've been a fan of the Carpenter's The Thing since I was a little kid. It is one of the best sci-fi/horror movies of all time, in my opinion. The story, characters, setting, effects, sound, music, acting...all great. It stands next to Alien as the best of the sci-fi horror genre.

I think this movie did it justice and gave me something I always wanted ever since seeing the original: a movie of the Norwegian camp's story.

This movie did exactly that. The CGI did bother me, but it seems that they did some tweaks for the Blu-Ray release and it looks much better. The CGI scenes looked too shiny before, very obvious. I just watched the Blu-Ray for the first time and it looks worlds better. The film grain, extra detail, color, and lack of DNR helped a lot. There were only a couple scenes that stood out, whereas before most of the CGI slapped you in the face and stood out like a sore thumb.

It is sad how the studio messed with this movie. If they hadn't stepped in and shined over the practical effects with so much CGI, and if they hadn't added the "boss fight" at the end, this movie would be even better. Especially the end.... The original ending sounded awesome and would have actually explained some of the origins of the creature such as "why was it on that ship" "why did it leave the ship" "was it flying the ship?" etc.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead did a great job in this movie and all the acting was good.

The original is a 10/10 for me. One of the most perfect movies in my book. This movie gets an 8 for the Blu-Ray. Before seeing the Blu-Ray, the special effects bothered me so much I would have rated it as a 7.

Reviewed by edwinpavitt 4 / 10

Missed Opportunity

I wouldn't recommend this film either as a stand-alone or prequel. Apart from some scenery at the beginning it is so poor. I watched the 1982 version a couple of days before and read Who Goes There (in one sitting it was so good) on the very day I viewed this so called prequel. I was so disappointed with this film; the makers could have done so much better. It was unbelievably clich├ęd. The final "terror" scenes and destruction of The Thing were so lame and predictable they were immensely annoying. There wasn't anything new, simply a rehash of moments seen before in a number of much greater films from this genre. The film wasn't even tense at the times when it was supposed to be. I was also going to say how awfully wooden Mary Elizabeth Winstead was in the lead role until I discovered she played the part of Nikki Swango in Fargo (S3), which I thought she played brilliantly. I suggest the next time anyone makes a prequel to The Thing they read the book first and hopefully will be inspired to make it more about people or "people" than silly monsters. Honestly this is a bad B movie.

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