Saturday, October 15, 2011
If this non-specific title sounds familiar it's because you've heard it before. This is a prequel to the 1982 John Carpenter film of the same name, which was itself a remake of the 1951 film 'The Thing from Another World'. They're about a group of men (and this new version has one woman) in the Antarctic who find an alien that's been frozen for 100,000 years. And, of course, the alien gets unfrozen and wreaks havoc on them, absorbing them one by one and morphing into their likeness.
You know, I used to think the 1982 version was a bad movie with a few decent moments of suspense. But I have to admit, at least that one had an interesting ensemble cast including Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Richard Masur, and Richard Dysart. And while those aren't A-listers, they were at least engaging. This version has absolutely nothing going for it. The cast is the antithesis of engaging. The alien is a complete bore. And there's nothing new brought to the table. It might as well have been a remake, because it's the exact same story. Awful, awful, awful. One of the worst of the year and a giant waste of time. Stick with the 'Alien' series.