Whilst I did have misgivings about a prequel/near-remake of Carpenter's iconic 1982 horror, within a few minutes, my fears were dispelled and I found myself thoroughly enjoying this modern version.
The attention to detail that allows this film to flow seamlessly into the 1982 version is absolutely meticulous; the Norwegian base looks the same, even down to the wooden stairs and walkway in the lab where the thing encased in the block of ice was taken. The helicopter looks the same. So does the dog. Believe me, you'll appreciate this all the more if you watch the 1982 film straight after.
All the elements you'd expect are in here, from the initial cosy camaraderie of the stir-crazy scientists, the sense of isolation and the growing paranoia as they try to determine who is no longer one of us. On Blu-ray it all looks terrific. The special effects are extremely good without surpassing the visceral pre-CGI expertise of the Carpenter version and surround sound is used to very good effect - you'll often hear suspicious and creepy movement off to one side and behind you.
Well worth adding to any sci-fi/horror fan's collection.
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