The Thing details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Eric Christian Olsen, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Joel Edgerton, Ulrich Thomsen, Jonathan Walker|
|Director:||Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.|
|Collections:||Captivating Horror, Horrors, UK top 50 weekly chart|
|Run time:||1 hour 39 minutes|
|Rental release:||26 Mar 2012|
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Not as bad as you might expectBy a customer from birmingham , 02 Jan 2012
[Highly rated reviewer]I went into the THING fully expecting to hate it after a lacklustre trailer that showed men as idiots and a irritating woman lead seemingly have the gift of seeing the (sequel) John Carpenter version (which I love) and second guessing everything. And although the cast of victims is interchangable and entirely unremarkable (except for the lead scientist who is so unemotional as to be almost comatose) the film midpoint actually manages to gather some of the tension of the original (remake) with some cleaver deductions. Not as suspenseful though. Whereas before the Thing would hide and creep about, in this more action driven film it 'explodes' out, grabs and attacks and generally plays predator. Clearly by Carpenter's version (which is referenced nicely as the camp is destroyed- still no explaination as to how you can cut your wrists AND your throat though!) the Thing decides to play it a little more cooly. The film 'ends' with the hero lead as you would expect but continues through the end titles to link with Carpenter's film. This is great, but the fate of these last survivors off screen should have been shown and been in the film, not as an add on. That all said, the film was better than expected, the female lead isn't the irritating 'Ripley' clone the trailer portrayed and is quite vulnerable and realistic (given the circumstances) and there's a nice power play mid film. The cgi and practical creature effects were very disturbing at times (the use of real heads in the mix etc) and gory with it. This is a more hardcore in your face version with some nice nods to classic horror and clichés. Plus the film expands in other unexpected areas which I won't spoil here and gives you something new towards the end. Scary? No. But I'm a bit jaded to such stuff. Icky, yes. Worth a rental.
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Well made but pointless ??By Smellylittletoe (16 reviews) , 14 Jun 2013Supprisingly enjoyable prequel that goes for a down beat and authentic set up. But despite the best efforts of all involved you never you'll still be left thinking,did they really need to make it? And of course the answer is no. It's a shame really,as few tweeks here and there to turn it into an original movie (not a prequel) may have gained it more admirers.
Glad it isn't a remake!By MagicHat (15 reviews) from Kent , 05 Jun 2013I was fully expecting to be disappointed by this, being a big fan of the John Carpenter film. I had assumed this was going to be a remake of that 80s classic, but was pleasantly surprised to find it was in fact a prequel, fleshing out the details of how the situation of that film came to be. Obviously the special effects have come on in leaps and bounds since the 80s film, but even though we know what's coming, it is an immensely enjoyable stand alone film.
Pretty AverageBy a customer , 20 May 2013I initially thought that this film was a remake as it was pretty much the same as the original only no where near as tense. It was only at the end that I realised it was supposed to be a prequel.
Not as good as the 80's versionBy Lizzylou (22 reviews) from Kilgetty , 15 May 2013Possibly may have enjoyed it more if I hadn't seen the 80's version which was brilliant. This film doesn't hold a candle to the 80's version. Still good though and well worth a watch.
Effects and lazy directing make this horror a let down.By Peter_London (1 review) , 15 Apr 2013Very suprised about the positve reviews here... this was terrible. I got this because my friend is a big fan of the original. She hated it too! A good concept, and loads of potential for a scary 'no sleep until dawn' evening. However completely ruined by choice of 'so over-done it's funny' effects rather than building any suspense. The whole point of the film is to guess which of the group is human and which is an alein in disguise. You never get the chance to guess because the film makes cannot resist breaking into yet another gross scene, going for the shock factor (and failing) rather than allowing the viewer to become even the least bit curious or jumpy. Give it a miss. Watch the original.
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