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Mediocre, unnecessary "prequel" that strongly feels like a remake,
This review is from: The Thing (2011) [DVD] (DVD)
I absolutely love The Thing (1982), ever since I first saw it as a kid in the 80's. It has a great slow buildup of tension and paranoia, and special effects that still hold their own today. As most of the people who think of watching The Thing 2011 will know the plot from the 1982 movie, I won't go into that here.
I just want to warn people who have NOT seen The Thing 1982 yet to not watch The Thing 2011 first. Yes it is presented as a prequel, and in effect it is, as it takes place a few days before the events of The Thing 1982. But it feels like a remake, for all intents and purposes. Apart form the first scenes, where the creature is discovered in the ice, the rest of the movie deals with the exact same subject matter as The Thing 1982; a crew of scared to death, paranoid people stuck in a remote frozen wilderness together with a shape-shifting alien creature. Therefore, watching The Thing 2011 and then watching The Thing 1982 makes the latter seem predictable and a repetition of the former, when in fact, IT'S THE OTHER WAY AROUND. It spoils the pleasure and excitement of watching The Thing 1982 without any former knowledge of what the hell is going on, and letting the horrific events unfold before your eyes as they do for the cast.
So, as a prequel The Thing 2011 adds nothing new or interesting to the storyline that is continued only days later in The Thing 1982. It doesn't give any new insights in where this "thing" came from, what it wants, etc. Just what viewers of The Thing 1982 already know (*SPOILER* that a spacecraft was discovered beneath the ice, that the Norwegian team dug it up along with a frozen creature, that the creature broke free and started killing *END SPOILER*). It therefore feels very strongly like a remake. On its own it's a somewhat entertaining, mediocre sci-fi monster movie. But when teamed up with The Thing 1982, it just spoils the viewing and enjoying of the latter, which is still the far superior movie.
I therefore strongly suggest to watch The Thing 1982 first, and only then maybe take a look at The Thing 2011. Trust me, you'll get a far superior viewing experience out of the The Thing 1982 that way! And then watching the "prequel" afterwards is just a little bonus that gives a mildly interesting peek at what happened in the days before the creature reached the American base. But it adds no information you didn't already get from the 1982 film.