The Thing (2011) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.
STARRING: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Ulrich Thomsen
RATED: R/REGION A/2:40/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 1
AVAILABLE FROM Mill Creek Entertainment
At an Antarctica research site, the discovery of an alien craft leads to a confrontation between graduate student Kate Lloyd and scientist Dr. Sander Halvorson. While Dr. Halvorson keeps to his research, Kate partners with Sam Carter, a helicopter pilot, to pursue the alien life form. So anyone who was freaking out, don’t let the name fool you. This is a prequel and not a remake. And if you still don’t believe (some folks are in denial), you’ll see stuff go down in this thing that’s lasting result is seen in the original John Carpenter classic.
While not a remake, this film does indeed have a lot of things in common with the original one. Especially when this nasty little (or shall we say BIG) thing starts running around the place and morphing into people. This gives us moments like in the original where the viewer has to play a guessing game on who’s really who they say they are and who is the thing This, of course, leads to a test (a new one this time), and several other methods of finding out who’s who. This also works in a lot of cases of raising the viewer’s suspicions of everyone in the film. At times it may be a little too easy to guess where that alien thing might pop up, and at other times it’s not so easy. Now I will admit that we do get some cool death scenes, some creative ones, and some very nasty looking ones (in a good way). But whereas the original used some of the best natural effects you’ll ever see on screen, this one uses CGI. Perhaps that makes things a little more smooth and even makes this thing look more ferocious.
But on the downside of that same subject, it makes things look a little too cartoony and fake at times as well. I think it would have been even better had they kept with the more old school effects, but these days when it comes to horror to ask for natural effects might be just a little too much to ask for, apparently. But we do have Mary Elizabeth Winstead (SCORE !) here in the starring role. And the acting isn’t at all bad on any fronts here. I think that also helps make the film surprisingly more watchable than even I assumed it would be. The ending is even a bit of a treat in its own right and I’m sure you will get a kick out of it if you have yet to see it and don’t know what I am talking about, It nowhere near the same ballpark as the original in my opinion, but it’s a lot better than it had any right to be. Not great, but not bad either. I just wish they’d do something about that annoying CGI.
– Feature Commentary with Director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. and Producer Eric Newman
– The Thing Evolves
– Deleted/Extended Scenes
QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 96%