The Thing Movie Review
John Carpenter’s “The Thing” is one of my favorite horror films of all time. It had the perfect combination of a stellar cast, great story, insane special effects and plenty of images that can haunt you long after you’ve seen the film. When word came out that they were going to work on the prequel to this amazing film, I couldn’t have been more excited. I thought that this would be the perfect opportunity to flesh out the story even more and discover the origins of the infamous “thing” and what happened to the other site that is briefly visited in the original film. Unfortunately, my expectations were greater than the film itself.
Next year will be the 30th anniversary for the original movie. In those thirty years, special effects have come light years from where they were back then. However, despite all of the advances, the special effects in the original movie far surpass the ones in the new movie. There is something to be said about practical special effects. While watching the original, there is no doubt in your mind that the actors are reacting to the models, animatronics or whatever they were using to create the crazy mutations the Thing does throughout the film. You knew that everything on the film was real, and wondered how on earth they were able to create such realistic and terrifying creatures. In the new film, there was a lack of creativity in the creature itself. It always seemed to look pretty much the same every time they ran into it. Also, I could tell that the actors were just trying to imagine what they were supposed to be looking at because it was going to be added on later by a computer. I just don’t see why they wouldn’t just do practical effects in the new film to keep them as similar as possible. Surely just because you can now create these things on a computer, doesn’t mean that they are better than creating something real, not only for the actors sake but also for the viewers.
The other thing about this film that irked me was the origin story they created for the creature. Apparently it crashed landed here centuries ago and was frozen in the ice until this team discovered the ship it landed in. This just seems like a complete cop out and the easiest thing they could have thought of to tell the audience how this thing got on earth. Maybe they could have made it some kind of science experiment gone wrong or a creature that’s been on the planet since time began that was found in the ice. I was just hoping for something more original than what they used to explain this.
I should have learned by now that usually the best ideas for sequel and/or prequel movies can only be made into great films by finding a director that has a love of the story and the knowledge to see it through. I need only reference this summer’s amazing “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” to prove how it should be done. Unfortunately I had my hopes up that this movie would rock, because the premise made such perfect sense. But, at least I still can view the original “The Thing” to wipe all memory of this one from my mind.
J.Chandler: Score: C