The discovery of an unidentifiable structure and unknown creature buried deep beneath the ice of Antarctica, leads a group of international scientists, based at a nearby Norwegian research centre, to investigate. The Thing (2011) is a prequel to John Carpenters, infamous 1982 masterpiece, which was based upon the equally perfect novella, ‘Who goes there?’ written by John W. Campbell, Jr. in 1938. Consequently it hard not to measure, The Thing (2011) against these high set standards.
What really stands out throughout the film is its attention to detail, its creators have tried exceptionally hard to fill in any gaps between the two movies and recreate John Carpenters style, the result is a prequel that links immediately onto the 1982 movie and stays very faithful to its story. They have incorporated a strong 80’s horror influence, notably Ridley Scott’s Alien.
The principal draw back for the movie is its effects and CGI, which, at times, appears amateurish and rough in places, often choosing to show far too much, instead of leaving it down to the viewers imagination. Worst still is that you can’t help but compare these effects to the truly amazing robotics and prosthetics created by Rob Bottin for the original back in 1982. In addition to the poor special effects, the casts performances are generally unremarkable, none of them have done a particularly bad job but no one stands out either, although this could be argued that it is a product of relatively unexciting script.
As a stand alone movie, The Thing (2011) is quite good. It’s got enough jumps and scares to satisfy most horror fans, and even manages to build a fair amount tension at times. It would make a superb piece of bonus material, attached to the original, and the two together should make for a fantastic double feature.
Our Rating: 6.6 / 10