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Film Review: The Thing (2011)
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The Thing (2011). Directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. The film starts in Antarctica, with a tracked vehicle driving through the snow. Three Norwegians are in the vehicle, two up front and one in the back checking for radio signals. A signal is picked up and the vehicle stops, but the ice cracks beneath and it drops into a fissure. Fortunately after a short distance it gets wedged stuck in the fissure. One of the Norwegians turns the vehicles lights on to see what is below them, and they are all stunned. The Thing (2011) has extremely large boots to fill. It is a prequel to what most people will agree is one of the best science fiction films of the 80s, also The Thing (1982). Those who've seen the original will have an idea of some of what happens in the prequel, so it's the filling in the blanks that The Thing (2011) needed to do, in the most entertaining and original way possible (at least for me), and it has a pretty good stab at it. There's certainly some original elements, including a Ripley-esque female hero, although this is paired with some arguable homages to the original. The story is very atmospheric at times, and plays very well on the paranoia of the situation, much like the original. It is at times extremely gory, much like the original. So in short if you liked the original chances are you're going to like this, unless extremely defensive of it. It didn't surpass the original for me, nor equal it, but it is still a very good watch. Generally recommended for science fiction horror fans, but if you are then surely you've seen the original anyway. 4/5 (Good)
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