The Thing (2011)

Part remake, part prequel, fans of John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982) are going to love this new film, which captures the spirit and detail of the original remake down to an exact replica of the Norge helicopter that visits MacReady and friends.  I’m not going to spoil the fun. The film is well-cast, has a similar story-line as before, but we have a new hero in Columbia paleontologist Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Death Proof)).  I like the Scandinavian cast as well.  I miss Rob Bottin’s real-prop effects from ’82 and yes, The Thing is CGI.  It’s well-done too.  We also get a glimpse inside the saucer.  The Thing is terrific October fun with a few twists to a familiar story. Yes, go see it.


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