So everyone is harping on this movie and quite rightly so, but let me take a moment to say something nice before I join the shit parade. The filmmakers behind The Thing 2011 took great pains to ensure some continuity between Carpenter's seminal 1982 film and this prequel/remake hybrid. I re-watched The Thing just hours before going to see this monstrosity and I have to say that you can see that the love is there. The only joy I had while watching this film was seeing all the references to Carpenter's masterpiece. Also, I rather like Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Joel Edgerton as actors. I am sorry to see that they are in this film, but I just wanted to throw that out there.
Also it was cool that they used real Norwegians to play Norwegians. Now I am done. Time to start complaining: This movie is awful. Let me use my favorite lazy writing device, the list, to illustrate:
- It is not scary. At all.
- The CGI is awful. It made me appreciate Rob Bottin's work on Carpenter's film all the more.
- The first 20 minutes of the film is the "prequel," the remainder of the film is a remake. This is not a good combination.
- I really didn't care about any of the characters with the exception of Kate.
- It's obvious who is "Thing" and who is not "Thing."
- WTF with the ending?!? What happened to Kate? Are they trying to set up for a sequel? Why didn't we hear about the Russian base before? Does every Country have a base on Antarctica?
- Would a bad ass helicopter pilot really wear a tiny gold earring? I don't think so.
I think the idea of doing a prequel was a good one, but the filmmakers got lazy and basically just remade Carpenter's film. What a wasted opportunity. Save yourself the money. Re-watch The Thing from 1982 and watch, if you haven't already, The Thing from Another World, made in 1951 and 10 times scarier than this new version.