Synopsis from IMDB
At an Antarctica research site, the discovery of an alien craft leads to a confrontation between graduate student Kate Lloyd and scientist Dr. Sander Halvorson. While Dr. Halvorson keeps to his research, Kate partners with Sam Carter, a helicopter pilot, to pursue the alien life form.
The Thing is a prequel to well…The Thing. Why didn’t they change the name or indicate that this was a prequel, I have no idea. Nonetheless, The Thing prequel is about the original Norwegian team that found the spaceship and the alien that crashed in Antarctica. But after trying to inspect and find out more about the creature, things take a turn when the alien escapes and the crew finds out it can duplicate humans. So they must find out who isn’t human and also try not to be killed and duplicated themselves.
I am a huge fan of The Thing by John Carpenter. So when seeing The Thing prequel, I walked into the theater expecting to hate the living hell out of this. But I must admit, I actually didn’t hate this as much as I thought I would. In all honesty, I actually liked it. This movie had plenty of chances to do something extremely stupid, but it didn’t and I applaud all who were involved. But that doesn’t go without saying, this movie wasn’t great and surprisingly, it truly could have been.
I loved that this movie was full of characters. The problem is, we don’t get a feel of the majority of them. We have the main character Kate (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) who was one of the lead scientists on the team. Then we have the guy who hired her, Dr. Sandor (Ulrich Thomsen). He was a huge jerk. Kate was the first to notice that something was wrong and yet he continued to push the investigation of the alien past its limits. I really liked the character of Kate. When it comes to pretty girls and horror movies, we get the same kind of bullshit. She is either conveniently seen naked or topless in her room or we get some useless shower scene. Or like a lot of horror films do a lot, run butt naked through the forest away from her attacker. Well we don’t get any of that (there were no forests, but still) and for that I am so grateful. Thank you for actually focusing on the story.
But that is really it though. When you have this many characters in a movie, I would expect to feel a connection to them. Since there is an alien out killing them, you want to feel sad for them, but you sort of don’t. I know I sound cold-hearted saying that, but when you don’t really know who the characters are, when they die, you don’t really feel bad about it. It is sad, of course, but you don’t really fret about it like you would if it were the main character or something.
I liked the plot. It was simple and progressed very well. The whole feeling of being cut off from the rest of the world with no real way out, is very frightening. But I wish that was the way they acted in the movie. When the alien first breaks free (they thought it was dead), the reaction of everyone in the cabin was so…calm. When they go to chase after it, only one or two people decide to actually bring weapons everyone else brought flashlights. What the hell? You are not looking for a lost puppy, you are looking for an alien that has been frozen to death for hundreds of years and most likely will not be like E.T.
I like that this was a straight up monster movie. People scared and paranoid out of their minds, it is very understandable. When you see what that thing can do, you will be freaked out. I love that I actually felt scared watching this. Actual scary things that were worth jumping for. Although I have to say there were certain times when we see someone turn into a monster and it looked awful. Some were so gross; I had to turn my head a bit. Then there were others when you can tell CGI was used and It just looked like the budget wasn’t big enough. So not all of them looked as great as they could have been, but still most will freak you out.
Overall, I would recommend checking this out. Trust me, I surprise myself saying this, but it is true. Like I said, there are a few things just a bit off in this movie. But with the creepy atmosphere, the story and the amazing cast, I think this movie is worth it. They didn’t utilize the talent enough in this movie, but what we still got some incredible acting (by some very good-looking guys if I must say so). Hey Hollywood, want to make even more money, cast Trond Espen Seim in more movies over here. I am just saying.