The Thing (2011)

Posted: January 25, 2017 in Uncategorized

I’m going to disagree on this, as I feel the prequel actually did a good job showing what took place at the Norwegian outpost prior to the events of the first film. To each his or her own opinion, I suppose. I give it a B+.

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the_thing_2011“Unnecessary” is a common rebuff for sequels and prequels, as if art itself is actually necessary (maybe as nourishment for the soul, but not in the same way say, chemotherapy or quitting smoking is necessary).

So The Thing is Matthijs van Heijningen Jr’s prequel to the John Carpenter film everyone knows and loves, or should know / love if they’re in the same ballpark when it comes to intemperate Carpenter worship as we are here. The 2011 film is, yes, probably unnecessary. It’s a pretty loving tribute, nice to look at, and mildly compelling, until about half-way through. At that point it peters out like a basketball team shooting the lights out and gassing toward a feeble finish.

To quote President Trump’s bizarre Twitter go-to, “it’s a shame.”

The Thing has the makings of a good film from the outset. The camera lingers on an ominous Antarctica.

The location scouting is absolutely…

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