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An Effective Shocker,
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This review is from: The Thing (2011) [DVD] (DVD)
I am a fan of the 1982 John Carpenter's film of the same name, and can remember how terrifying it was when I first saw it 30 years ago. While I agree that this prelude is not quite as good, it is nevertheless a well-made and effective shocker. The script have a few holes which were glossed over (the 1982 film has one or two as well). For example, it was never explained how the two pilots could survive the helicopter crash, nor when was Joel Edgerton infected by the alien. However, the movie is well paced which sustains the momentum. It has moments of genuine suspense and terrifying scenes.
The roles written for the largely unknown (to me) cast lack the more protracted characterisations of the 1982 film. This is not surprising given that its running time is 98 minutes compared to 109 minutes of the earlier one, and it understandably has less time to develope the characters. Nonetheless the overall performances are competent. I disagree with the adverse comments in some reviews on the lead actress, Mary Elizabeth Winstead. While I gather she mainly appeared in teen flicks earlier, she has progressed very well to take on a more mature role here. She also has a certain screen presence, not unlike that of, say, a young Nicole Kidman.
Winstead's last scenes are captivating, for instance the anquish on her face when she is about to torch the infected Edgerton, whom she originally thought is her last surviving mate. Afterwards her expression projects a sense of impending doom and sadness, realizing that she too is infected (the alien got hold of her leg briefly in the spacecraft) and her end is near. This would be the source of the alien/dog in the final scene, though the gruesome transformation is implied rather than shown, which is just as well as there are enough gore already.
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Initial post: 16 Oct 2012 13:42:30 BDT
Amazon Customer says:
i think you should have tagged this review with SPOILER ALERT!!! You have given away most of the plot.
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