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4.0 out of 5 stars A prequel that measures up!, December 11, 2011
This review is from: The Thing (2011) (Blu-ray + DVD) (Blu-ray)
1982 was a bad year for John Carpenter. His movie, a remake of an already classic sci-fi movie "The thing from another world (1951)" got trounced at the box office by another Universal studio's sci-fi alien. In years to come, The Thing would become one of the most reveared sci-fi horror films ever. it took almost 30 years for someone to grow some, and give the Thing another go... A remake-prequel. And it totally WORKS!
Let me say this right of the bat. The Thing(2011) is not a remake per-say. It's definatly a prequel. Consider the producers choosing not to call it anything other than "The Thing". Reason: The Thing (2011) and The Thing (1982) are one film.
Evidence:
The sets are so meticulosly replicated from the 1982 production that it's scary. Even down to the iconic scene
In the first film, when Mcready is walking through the Norwegian base, all burnt out and destroyed, he comes across an axe in a wall. This is the axe that Joel Edgertons character uses to dispatch one of the hands crwaling along the wall before Mary's character burns it. She tells Joel to leave it there, to be found by Kurt in 1982.
The room that the block of ice was kept is also replicated perfectly, right down to the hole in the roof caused by the Thing as it bursts out of the ice in 2011. Kurt sees bright light beaming down onto the block of ice in 1982 that was only just brought back to the ice station only 24 hours before, through the gaping hole the roof, explaining the reason why the hole exists in the first place.
The grenades shown to Mary by Lars, the Norwegian who speaks not english, all plays out in the 1982 film.
The remains of a Thing discovered in 1982 by Kurt and later brought back to the U.S. station and examined revealing the famous Rob Bottin creature with the two merged heads is featured in 2011, showing who was the poor unfortunate who ended up being said creature.
The ship under the ice..! Ever wonder how the ice was so perfectly cut away to reveal the ship in 1982? Answered.
Ever wonder how the ship got under the ice in the first place. Answered.
Who was the Norwegian shot by "el-Capitan" in the first film. Answered

In closing, there is so much to suggest a prequel than a remake. Also it's bloody good.
Enjoy!
Raider1 out..!
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Initial post: Jan 15, 2012 6:03:23 AM PST
patty x says:
com'n raider 1,
great review- need to get you to review more movies.

Posted on Feb 2, 2012 11:38:00 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 2, 2012 11:38:58 AM PST
Sparky says:
Your review is spot on in my opinion. Im amazed at the number of people who didn`t seem to realize this film was a prequel and not a remake or sequel. Maybe the producers should have named the film "The Thing: Part One!"?
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