Genre: Science fiction, horror, sci-fi horror
Running Time: 1 Hour 47 Minutes
Director: Matthijs van Heijningen Jr
Cast: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ulrich Thomsen, Joel Edgerton
“A (prequel to the) remake of the horror blockbuster. At an Antarctica research site, the discovery of an alien craft leads to a confrontation between graduate student Kate Lloyd and scientist Dr. Sander Halvorson. While Dr. Halvorson keeps to his research, Kate partners with Sam Carter, a helicopter pilot, to pursue the alien life form” (United International Pictures).
Verdict: Ditto indeed. This redundant prequel of 1982’s The Thing is almost identical as its predecessor, with very little and poor efforts of improvisation. It’s basically an inferior remake of the remake of 1951’s The Thing from Another World which was adapted from the book Who Goes There? That alone just tells you how unoriginal the movie already is. Despite the pretty cool Resident Evil video game-like visual effects, the movie is full of cliches and not as dark and haunting as the original installment. However, I believe it’s still watchable if the viewer has never seen the original.
Worst line: (SPOILER BEGINS HERE) “I guess it was trying to get to a warmer place.” – “Well it didn’t.” Thanks for stating the obvious, smart-ass writers (SPOILER ENDS HERE).
Least favourite scene: (SPOILER BEGINS HERE) The ending where Kate (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) explains to the already turned-alien Sam (Joel Edgerton) before blasting him with the flame thrower. If this was not the ending, I bet the alien would’ve attacked or at least escaped (SPOILER ENDS HERE).
Question marks: (SPOILER BEGINS HERE) 1 – If teeth fillings prove that one is still human then how come one of them turn into the alien after getting shot by the escaped Derek (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje)? 2 – So how does Lars (Jørgen Langhelle) get to survive a surprise attack without even being infected? Which one is it anyway (SPOILER ENDS HERE)?
Paleontologists and scientists here… (SPOILER BEGINS HERE) don’t wear masks when they’re cutting open an unknown life form. How unprofessional and stupid and yet the only girl manages to survive amongst all the others, who are men, without getting infected or even hurt at all (SPOILER ENDS HERE)!
Rating: 1 / 5
Second opinion: “Liked it even though it was scary; I like to see how people don’t trust each other LOL” (Iris Loong).
My invitation to the film’s premiere screening was courtesy of Nuffnang Malaysia.