So that’s what happened to the Norwegians! 2011′s The Thing starts out in 1982, showing a Russian survey team cruising through the ice in their ice-mobile. They detect a radio signal, stop, and then the vehicle falls into the collapsing ice. We see what looks like a spaceship at the bottom of the new ravine.
Snap to a new scene where we’re seeing Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) is invited to an Antarctica special dig. She’s shown a buried space ship that is estimated to have crashed abut 100,000 years ago. That, and a survivor from the ship that’s frozen in the ice a short distance away.
And away we go!
Unlike the original 1982 from John Carpenter, rather than keeping us in the dark about the alien monster, director Matthijs van Heijningen chose to throw it in our faces almost immediately. The suspense or fun of the suspense was removed pretty fast.
Its a fun flick, but with most of the suspense of trying to figure out who or what the monster is, it takes over victims quickly throughout the beginning of the film. But I must admit, there are a few moments that take advantage of modern day CGI that helps this new version out a bit. Though I must admit, the ending was perfect as far a prequel goes.
In the end, The Thing is a fairly routine alien monster flick that does not suck but and I must admit, I’m glad I didn’t drop bucks on it at the movie theater.