The Thing [2011]

“If it makes it out of here, millions of people die!”

I don’t really like looking at remakes of classic films because they usually pale in comparison to the original, but I saw that this film had Kristofer Hivju from Game of Thrones in it and Mary Elizabeth Winstead from Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and I have massive crushes on both so… Don’t @ me.

Erm just a little reminder that these reviews can have spoilers in them so don’t read them unless you want to know some detail about the film.

I like that this is a slightly different take on the original; in the original, the subjects were at a research facility and had absolutely no idea there was an alien to begin with, but in this one, the humans are in full knowledge after a discovery of an alien ship and approach it in an exceptionally arrogant way, i.e. they think they are 100% in control. Foolish humans. I feel like it is a bit of a homage to the original, with some creepy aspects from other horror films thrown in such as the facehuggers of Alien(s)(ss) ilk. I was expecting there to be a corny nod at the original but this film didn’t acknowledge its existence, which I’m glad about in a way.

Basically all you need to know about this film is this: Smart, educated woman who is a specialist in her field tells a bunch of men that they are in danger and gives empirical proof of this using said qualifications and they all ignore her and a lot of bad shit happens because of it. Surprise surprise.

By the way, the creature in this one reminds me of the creepy creature in the film Color Out Of Space (which I previously reviewed on this blog) so if you want to be similarly creeped out, definitely check out COOS(!)

All in all, I wasn’t blown away. I think it was futile to recreate such a classic film even if just by name unless you are going to blow expectations out of the water. I’m not entirely sure why this film had to be made in the first place, like not one person would have said ‘you know what needs to be remade, what needs improving? The Thing!’ However, it was a fun watch and a perfectly average attempt at a perfectly average movie.

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