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InnerSanctum 10/14/2011 10:23:31 AM

 Of all the things they could have done with, um, The Thing and they go with a prequel where we know the ending.  I'd prefered a film that picked up after the last one ended.  But, that film needed to be made about a decade or more ago.  Or, it would have been interesting it they had brought in an aged Russell (somehow saved) to be an expert on a new life form discovered near his camp.  Hell, anything, but what I've seen in the trailers would look interesting.  They even have the head with legs.  Carpenter gets no respect.  That might be because he has a lot of duds under his belt now.  But, he is still a genius.  

invisioner 10/14/2011 11:11:12 AM

I wonder about your letter grade, Rob. I read a C and ask whether you base that on movies in general, or in comparison to the original Thing. What would you give the original, so I can better read the grade?



EagleManiac 10/14/2011 11:47:39 AM

That was about what I expected. Not great, but OK as a movie. I'll wait 'till the DVD is released and check it out then. I hope that it AT LEAST ends with a helicopter taking off with 2 men in it going after the dog heading towards the American Camp. Has anyone seen this yet? Is that pretty much the ending of this film?

wallyrus 10/14/2011 12:45:21 PM

 I think the producers thought John Carpenter's The Thing was too smart for the vast majority of the potential audience, so they dumbed it down a bit.  Most people simply don't have the cinematic vocabulary to understand it.  


Good, satisfying storytelling is about balance and symmetry.  R.J. MacReady is the reclusive, alcoholic, sociopath of the group.  At the beginning of the 1982 film we see MacReady dump his drink into the chess game as a sort of "No, I win, you cheeky b*tch", too proud to admit defeat to a computer.  Later on we see MacReady recording what he obviously believes will be his famous last words.  When he finishes, the camera switches to a shot from behind (which in cinematic parlence portrays vulnerability aka. MacReady has admitted defeat, his inability to do so was his sin, which is now attoned for… his 'hero's journey' is complete, he has nothing left to learn from this narrative.) and, if memory serves, it then fades to black which ALWAYS indicates that time is passing and something is happening that we didn't see.  The next time we see R.J. MacReady he is a Thing.  In the final scene there there is no reason to think Childs is or isn't a thing… up until MacReady Hands him the saliva-contaminated  bottle of Jim Beam(I think) Whiskey., a mockery of the scene where he dumps his drink into the chess machine, as if to say, "I win, you cheeky bitch".

wallyrus 10/14/2011 12:49:50 PM

 If MacReady isn't a thing then the movie doesn't make sense, and John Carpenter is too good a storyteller for that.

wallyrus 10/14/2011 12:57:19 PM

 Also, when MacReady is recording his final message he is noticably not looking too well, not just drunk.

wallyrus 10/14/2011 1:00:25 PM

 And let us not forget, none of the human characters are the protagonist… the movie is called The Thing for a reason.

aegrant 10/14/2011 1:25:46 PM

Just saw it and liked it. Yes it is a prequel (but they do leave you hangin on one thing) it even ends like Carpenter's begins - that made me happy.

I agree with a C , its not like we don't know what the movie is about and we can't figure out who will survive. This is nothing groundbreaking. The effects where good and the story flows nicely into the next one for the most part.

GothicStorm 10/14/2011 1:35:08 PM

Stop calling it a remake, people. It's a prequel. You know, like those silly Star Wars movies Lucas fed us awhile back.

Now take your medicine like good little fanboys!

Walker 10/14/2011 2:15:53 PM

 As I said a while back, we knew it was going to stink when it got an October release.  Good horror movies are released in late summer or early spring.  October is where you put the weak crap that needs a Halloween bounce.

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