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The Thing
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on March 3, 2015
Great movie. But you know originals are hard to top
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 2011
This prequel to John Carpenter's '82 remake is a really good horror film, one of the best I've seen in years. I will definitely be buying this one. It was freaky and unpredictable, which is rare with horror nowadays. I thought it was very well done and I recommend it.
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A great prequelto the original.They got it right.
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on January 10, 2015
Nice watch, not the original but just as good.
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on March 11, 2015
OK. I like the one with Kurt Russell better.
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on July 28, 2014
Not as good as the older ones but I like it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2013
This also was a gift. I've seen this movie and found it very entertaining. Excellent sci-fi.....this was a pre-quel to the older version of The Thing. It followed the story line and was a interesting ending.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I have waited for years to see exactly what happened at the Sweedish (Ok Norwegian) camp. This movie delivers way above my expectations and handles all ties to John Carpenter's version completely. In the "making of" they expressly said their intention was to tell parts of the story that didn't get told by the 1982 version. Now, I am ready for what happened AFTER the 1982 version. I just hope it is not another 20 years! The use of a combination of CGI and animatronics kept the feel of JC's version and helped maintain a feel of continuity between the films. Loved it!
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on May 5, 2015
Completes my "Thing" collection
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 3, 2015
I really wanted to like this update of the classic sci-fi horror tale "The Thing" (Or more precisely, "The Thing from Another World") but with all of the digital special effects and modern film making techniques they have available these days, this film came off as uninspired. There is no tension, no mystery. They tell you right up front what they are dealing with and then do battle with it. It has none of the isolated, "what's behind that door?" charm of the 50's version with James Arness, And it does not, in any sense hold up against the 80's John Carpenter classic (which is at this point, IMHO, the "definitive" version of the story on film) MILD SPOILER: The ending ALMOST saves the film by allowing us the one reveal that this is merely a prequel to the 1980 film, explaining the age old question, "What DID happen at that Norwegian base?" But again, that is where the 1980 film succeeded. SUSPENSE. You were always asking, "What happened to the Norwegians? Will the same fate befall our heroes? Will we ever understand?" - This version seems content to just explain everything up front, in case modern audiences can't look up from their cell phones long enough to get engrossed in a plot. I liked the cast, and the film had a couple of moments. But overall, the film was everything I feared it would be. Lackluster and disappointing. Watch the 1980 version and be happy. You aren't really missing anything if you don't see the other two films, although I still enjoy the original for what it is.
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