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Old 11-03-2012, 06:49 PM
The Thing (2011) - I'm a huge fan of Carpenter's original 1982 film, so I'm surprised it took me this long to finally see the prequel. Surprisingly it was better than I expected it to be, but I really wasn't expecting a whole lot. The movie felt just like the original film, which is a good and a bad thing. At times it felt more like a remake than an actual prequel. The only way you'd truly know that it's a prequel is the fact that the characters are different, and if you've seen the 1982 film, you'd know the movie focuses on the Norwegian camp that is visited in the original film. Plus a couple of minor details here and there, like the axe in the wall.

I feel the paranoia was done right, which is probably my favorite aspect of Carpenter's The Thing. The fact that you don't know who is truly human and who isn't--You can't trust anyone.

The special effects were decent, but at times the concept was a lot better than the execution during a lot of the CGI scenes.

Overall it's an enjoyable film that's worth watching at least once.