Well apparently Hollywood just can’t stop with the remakes. What with Arthur, True Grit and Fright Night all making their returns to the big screen along with countless others, it was only a matter of time before The Thing was put through this hideous act. Although it is supposed to be a prequel and not a remake it felt more of the latter.
The story is basically the same as the original. Explorers find an alien in the Antarctic and decide to do the clichéd human-in-a-sci-fi movie thing and screw things up by getting involved. Things go from bad to absolutely positively mind boggling crazy (as well as a bit deja vu for those who’ve seen the film) when it’s discovered that the alien has not only escaped but also has the very nifty party trick of being able to imitate everyone it comes into contact with. Cue uneasy tension as each of the cast is thrown into an untrusting hour or so. The cast is nothing fancy. Many unfamiliar faces save the two main stars, Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim Vs The World) and Joel Edgerton (Warrior), who don’t stand out but try their hardest.
As the second act of the film begins the pace is brought up a notch. More scares are found in this than in any of the Paranormal Activity film (which, to be quite honest isn’t that hard to do) and serves as a great distraction from the harrowing fact that this is just John Carpenter’s version modernized for the next generation of ignorant kids who can’t be bothered to watch the original of a film because they have no respect (how I weep for humanity).
But I digress. The Thing isn’t as bad as I’m making it out to be. It’s a good waste of 103 minutes just for the jumps alone. However if you want to watch a good Mary Elizabeth Winstead film watch Scott Pilgrim. And if you want a good Joel Edgerton film watch Warrior.