The Thing (2011) **
D: Matthijs van Heijningen
C: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ulrich Thomsen, Eric Christian Olsen, Trond Espen Seim
Plot Synopsis: An expedition turns deadly when a group of scientists unwittingly unleash an extraterrestrial capable of mimicking it's prey -- humans.
Review: Competently made, competently acted, but undistinguished remake, ....sorry prequel, to the John Carpenter version of The Thing.
First & foremost, this version of The Thing is badly conceived. The film's most interesting plot point - the tension between the characters as to who's real & who isn't, is tossed to the side as a minor plot device. Outside of that, there is nothing remotely interesting, let alone, original about this version of The Thing. One thing that lingers on the mind about this version of The Thing is, what was the whole point of a prequel?!? This version pretty much tells the exact same story, so that defeats the purpose of a prequel.
On the studio's part, labeling this as a prequel by including some minor tweaks, feels like a ploy so that this version doesn't suffer the stigma of being labeled a remake by horror fans. This modern day version of The Thing is well produced all around, even the special effects are solid. However, those above average production values can't overcome a fundamentally weak story and the general fact of how unnecessary this entire film was to begin with. [R] 103 mins.