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Friday, October 14, 2011

Movie Review - The Thing

Movie Title
The Thing
Horror, Sci-Fi, Prequel

The movie starts with several Norwegian research scientists exploring an anomalous signal emanating from the remote regions of the Antartica back in the '60s. However, their mission abruptly ends when their snow cruiser falls into a deep ravine that had been caused by a colossal non-terrestrial structure.

Forward to the present, American Paleontologist Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead - last seen in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) is recruited for an historic expedition she couldn't refuse by the highly respected research scientist - Dr. Sander Halvorson (Ulrich Thomsen)

Joining the Norwegian scientific team in an isolated outpost in Antartica, that have finally found the alien craft discovered earlier by their predecessors back in the '60s buried in the ice. They uncover a creature, presumably the pilot of the space-craft, completely frozen and seems to have died in the crash thousands of ago.

They bring the frozen alien back to the research centre for further study. Their experiments inadvertently allows the alien to free itself from the ice block in which it was frozen.

They soon find that the alien has shape-shifting abilities - to turn into exact replicas of any living thing & mimic their behavior. Paranoia soon spreads among them as they they're infected, one by one, rife with suspicion they succumb to the alien.

Their mission now turns into one of survival and destroying it - preventing it from reaching human civilization. The Thing 2011 is a prelude to the classic John Carpenter's the Thing from 1982.
I don't really know most of the actors from this movie except that Ulrich Thomsen looked like one of those villains from either a James Bond or Die Hard movie.

This is after all a movie premised on a horrible alien that kills and mimics its victims. so other than looking fearful or anxious, not much else is really required of their acting skills. Well, except for when Kate infiltrates the alien craft in the last half that we see her convey some sense of drama & suspense. But I have to say, she is a really beautiful actress and had never quite noticed her beauty until now.
I think that with movies like Avatar & Matrix, audiences now have much higher expectations from Sci-Fi movies that incorporate heavy use of CGI. Hence, with that in mind, although this version isn't really bad, but one can't help but compare it against the 1982 version. Technically, this one is slicker and has more scenes of the alien morphing, but people will still like the older version more as it (or the concept/implementation) was new while this one doesn't show audiences anything they have not seen before.

Not great but still enjoyable nonetheless. However, there are quire a number of disturbing scenes especially when the alien morphs.

Rating: 5.5/10

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