Sound Off: Matthijs van Heijningen's 'The Thing' - Your Thoughts?
by Alex Billington
October 14, 2011
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? The Thing has a long history. Its origins are in John W. Campbell's short story "Who Goes There?"; there's a 1951 adaptation; and there's John Carpenter's beloved cult classic 1982 version. In theaters today is Matthijs van Heijningen's prequel to Carpenter's film, also titled The Thing, telling the story of the Norwegian camp that first discovers a creature from another world in the ice. So how is it? Is it a worthy follow-up to Carpenter's classic? How are the effects? What about the characters and performances? Once you've seen it, leave a comment and tell us your thoughts on The Thing!
To fuel the fire, while there are some good moments in this new The Thing, overall I was honestly let down. It felt like it was missing a lot, some pieces that would've made it feel a lot more complete. First things first, I was absolutely shocked by the overuse of CGI when everyone kept saying it was supposed to have lots of practical effects. Beyond that, the creature moments aren't even half as scary as the one in Carpenter's 1982 film. And the "test" isn't that great either, nor is it conclusive since it doesn't even "work" on half the people. The performances are good (especially from Mary Elizabeth Winstead and the amazing Lars, played by Jørgen Langhelle), that helicopter crash early on was awesome, and seeing inside the ship was cool, but the rest of it was a let down. It's a Hollywood mess, unfortunately. And I really wanted to enjoy this movie.
What did you think of The Thing prequel? A worthy, thrilling follow-up or complete disaster? We will remove any comments that indicate you have not seen the movie, as this area is meant to discuss the film only once you have seen it and can talk about your thoughts. Please keep the comments civilized!
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