Now this is a movie I have personally been waiting for since I first saw the original movie when I was a kid. John Carpenter’s THE THING is my favorite movie ever made and for good reason. It’s a violent, intricate, horror/sci-fi movie that has an atmosphere that has never been replicated in film. All of the actors in the original take their roles very seriously and there is a genuine feel of paranoia and fear throughout the entire film.
So how was the prequel? In short… not that great.
I’ve went to see this movie twice now and am still thinking about certain scenes that really hurt the overall movie. Without giving to much away, I’ll say the biggest issue was the use of CGI. The original John Carpenter masterpiece relied on practical effects that were pulled offed wonderfully, but this new film just had the same problems that most Hollywood movies suffer from these days. The old days of practical effects and model building are dead, and now its far easier to rely on a computer to generate a woman’s chest bursting open. At times I felt like I was watching Men in Black 3.
But not all of the movie was bad. I was very impressed by the overall acting and never had any real issues with any of the characters (except for the doctor who was just a bit cliche). When first hearing about the movie and a lead female role, I was disappointed and knew this would be a typical Hollywood movie. Too my surprise, Mary Elizabeth Winstead actually pulled off the role extremely well. She took the role seriously and was very believable throughout the film.
Overall I enjoyed watching The Thing Prequel and I’m glad they made it, but it just can’t live up to the original. It was a nice companion piece but the film really fell short in the last quarter of the film.
Rating = C+