Arctic researchers battle an alien life-form that assumes the shape of its victims.
" Dutch director Matthijs van Heijningen and company deliver lean suspense, and they update the Carpenter crew's gnarly alien-shapeshifter effects skillfully enough to remind us why the concept captures geek imaginations. "
" In terms of scares, this old-fashioned "Thing" is better than most new things. "
" It's no great thing, just a better Thing than expected. "
" It's not rocket science, but The Thing does offer solid cheap thrills for the slick gore crowd, proving once again: Horror doesn't have to be horrible. "
" John Carpenter should approve of this reasonably respectful and tough-minded prequel to his 1982 The Thing. "
" The line between homage and apery is a fine one, and The Thing teeters on it at times. "
" "It's big on the grotesquery but short on genuine scares." "
" A prequel to a remake, the latest Thing may be set in a very cold climate but it's far from chilling. "
" Efficient enough for newcomers perhaps, but never that chilling, and the predictably dull CGI underlines how far movie magic has regressed in the past couple of decades. "
" Here's the thing about the new "The Thing." It isn't as satisfying as the old "The Thing." And it's nowhere near as enthralling as the vintage "Thing," which inspired every other "Thing" to follow. "
" It's an imperfect facsimile, guilty of borrowing too many ideas from the earlier film, and then executing them with differing results. "
" It's the horror equivalent of one of those cheap, straight-to-video animated sequels that Disney's always putting out: same title, same story, none of the inspiration. "
" Like its alien star, the new "The Thing" mimics its prey slavishly - yet still can't quite reproduce its spark of life. "
" Like The Thing itself, the film seeks to ape the form and behavior of something genuine, but you don't need a fancy test to tell that this is a shoddy replica. "
" One gut-busting death after another, terror giving way to tedium. "
" Part horror film, part space thriller and all gore-fest, the movie ends up being a lot like its protagonist: a mess of a monster that stretches itself too thin to scare much. "
" The geographical isolation still produces shivers, but the repeated motif no longer resonates. "
" There is absolutely nothing in this prequel/remake that improves on the first film or negates it in any way. "
" This movie is basically a sno-cone "Alien" or "Predator" and we've seen nearly a dozen of those. "
" Where the earlier film pulsed with precisely calibrated paranoia and distinctly drawn characters, this inarticulate replay unfolds as mechanistically as a video game. "
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