Director:Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.
Stars: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton and Ulrich Thomsen
John W Campbell Jr's Sci Fi novel "Who Goes There" was first adapted for the screen in 1951 with the Howard Hawks produced film "The Thing From Another World" The film is recognized as an early sci fi classic but was far surpassed by the next adaptation of "Who Goes There" when John Carpenter released "The Thing" in 1982.The film today is universally seen as one of the greatest Horror and Sci-Fi films ever but bombed at the box office at the time of its release.29 years after Carpenters film sees the third Adaptation of the classic story but this time in the form of a prequel to Carpenter's classic simply titled "The Thing".
The film takes place in 1982(The same year Carpenters film was released) at an Antarctica site where there has been a discovery of a new Alien life form.Graduate Student Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) is flown out to the site to inspect the specimen but following a confrontation with scientist Dr. Sander Halvorson about what should be done with the findings The Alien life form escapes and Strange Happenings, Disappearances and Deaths begin taking place at the camp,As Kate reveals that the Alien can imitate human life forms,Paranoia rises as someone among the camp is not who they seem.
Although this film is marketed as a prequel there are a lot of similarities story wise to Carpenter's film, however the quality is not the same here,This basically feels like a carbon copy which tries but fails to get to the level of terror and suspense that Carpenter provided.
Its almost impossible for me to review this film without comparing it to Carpenter's film,seeing as the director is trying to channel a lot of what of Carpenter did,One of the great things about the original was the paranoia it created amongst the characters,This is something that is replicated here to less effect and things move at to fast a pace for us to attach to the suspense.
The characters here are quite bland and we don't really get enough of them to care about them and I didn't even figure out some of there name's.
Although Mary Elizabeth Winstead is a good actress,her lead role here is no where near as effective or likeable as Kurt Russell's MacReady in the original.I would say the same for the rest of the cast as well although Joel Edgerton does a good job in a supporting role.
Overall I really disliked this film.I was really excited for it being a huge fan of the original but left extremely disappointed,The film had a decent beginning but everything that followed just bored and annoyed me,although the credits scene which ties this film to the original is pretty cool its not enough to leave me with positive thoughts about this film.