The Thing – A Movie Review

Last night, Veronica had the opportunity to prescreen The Thing, the prequel to John Carpenter’s 1982 The Thing. Not having remembering Carpenter’s version, this prequel was a surprise at some points and a disappointment at others. The treat was having starlet Kim Bubbs, who plays the French geologist and translator Juliette in the film, at the screening with us regular movie loving folks.

It’s always a treat when we get to see a film where the female lead is strong and can hold her own in the face of adversity. Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead, “Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World”), a paleontologist is recruited by Dr. Sander Halversen (Ulrich Thomsen, “Season of the Witch“) to recover an extraterrestrial life form trapped beneath the ice in Antarctica.

Things start going awry when the thing comes to life after being freed from its ice prison. Not knowing whom exactly to trust, Lloyd has to rely on her scientific background to quarantine everyone in an already isolated Antarctic station. The alien life form has the other worldly ability to mimic humans in order to move amongst them, isolate it’s next prey and kill them.

The dialogue was rather lame and director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr uses inevitability to build suspense but even that fell short and flat. For some reason, movies these days use loud noises to make the movie better, but it doesn’t(here’s looking at you, Paranormal Activity 1-3). Honestly, there was only one part in which we were genuinely surprised. And that was more due to the loud banging than what played out on screen.

The Thing plays out exactly how you expect it to with very few intriguing points and even the ending seemed rushed and not well thought out. It seems they parsed everything together and forced a seamless ending of the prequel to the beginning of Carpenter’s film of the same name. Just make sure you stay for the credits though, or else you’ll miss it.

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