The Thing (I) (2011)

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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.


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15 October 2011 | lennonforever
Poor continuity, poor writing = mediocrity
MAJOR SPOILERS!!!!

PLEASE DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN YET! Or maybe even John Carpenter's fantastic film.

"The Thing" paid homage to both previous versions, even "Alien/Aliens" which was great.The scenery was great outside, and inside too. Another plus, no romantic garbage.

But,now I'm going to rant !

Plot inconsistencies, anachronisms , poor character development, silly CGI, ruined it for me. There were few creepy moments- when the Thing is cut from the ice, the drilling for tissue, and my favorite scene of the entire film- the two-faced thing on all fours, searching room to room for the helicopter guy.

The most awful horror rule broken- we see the Creature much too early! That really bugged me.

Then ,all of a sudden , the last girl ( or is she?) is taking the entire operation of the camp away from the other researchers? So, she figures out the "diabolical" alien plot, just like that, not speaking to anyone? Academic politics even in Antarctica. Who knew? Plot holes, clichéd writing.

I learned the director always kept a copy of Carpenter's film near-by, to keep it real.He should have referred to it a great deal more.

And the camp personnel- who are they? Should we even care what happens to them? We know very little about them,so we really don't care what happens to them. With the exception of, maybe, two people -Lars and the girl. The rest are clichéd characters.Where was the slow and steady paranoia building to a climax? Yes, there was a little, which was good, but certainly no where near to Carpenter's.

And don't get me started about the dog!! We first see the dog, who appears to be some kind of large border collie. Maybe it's a northern breed of which I am not aware.But it WASN'T a damn husky!!!!! Where on Earth did the husky come from? AND I DIDN'T EVEN SEE IN THE CREDITS - THE EVER PRESENT 'NO ANIMALS WERE HARMED IN THE MAKING OF THIS FILM'!!! WHAT GIVES?

The guy's earring?? Give me a break. Straight guys in 1982 weren't wearing earrings! And why would he touch the wrong lobe?

And what about the flat-screened computer in the girl's lab? Didn't know they had those in 1982 (sarcasm)

The doctor/alien thing in the spaceship reminded me of Buffy and Dr Who episodes. Silly.

So what happened to the girl at the end? Was she out of gas, or the cliffhanger, is she a Thing? This film screams sequel, sequel. Was Lars infected? Did he absorb the 'final girl'? Too many unanswered questions.

My recommendation - if you're a fan of science fiction horror you'll probably like it. If you're a 'creature feature' fanatic you'll probably like it. But if you are a very big fan of John Carpenter's 1982 film, or Howard Hawks' version ,the latter happens to be my favorite movie of ALL TIME,ANY GENRE, simply avoid. Completists will probably need to see this film. Everyone else, eh.

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Trivia

Director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. has stated on his facebook fansite that Kate originally discovered the body of the ill-fated Pilot of the ship hanging there. However, following test screenings, this idea was vetoed by the studio, and the 'Tetris-like structure' was animated and imposed over the pilot. The device may represent the source of power for the ship, because while it is operating, the ship is also powering up; and when Kate blows up the Sander-Thing, it stands next to the device, destroying it, and the ship immediately powers down. Alternatively, it is some sort of mapping device. It consists of cubes that form changing patches of yellow and blue, which may represent oceans and continents. So the device may be making a scan of the Earth and draw a three-dimensional map of it, so that the Thing can decide upon its next destination. In the final cut, it's simply never explained.


Quotes

Peder: Okay, I've got another one. A good one. A man and woman are making love one night when their young boy walks in.


Goofs

(at around 1h) When Kate Loyd is inspecting the mouths of her colleagues for fillings she appears to be using an LED flashlight which did not exist in 1982. It was not an LED flashlight. It does look like the beam from the light is touched up with special effects to make it more apparent, but this is not a goof.


Crazy Credits

SPOILER: There are a few short scenes during the first part of the end credits, which tie the ending of this film to the beginning of the 1982 film.


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Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi

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