Starring: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Ulrich Thomsen, Eric Christian Olsen
Director: Matthijis van Heijningen Jr
This may have the same title as the John Carpenter horror classic but this is not a remake it is in fact a prequel.
The Thing sees a group of research scientists accidentally stumbling on the existence of a frozen alien craft in remote Antarctica.
Follow the horrifying fall-out of a decision to bring the craft and its deep-frozen inhabitant back to base camp as the scientists battle to contain the terror they have unwittingly unleashed.
The movie does start with plenty of promise as a group of scientists find themselves trapped in an inhospitable from which there is no escape with a hostile enemy.
But from the minute the scientists start dropping like flies is when the movie takes a turn for the worst - there are no words for how bad the CGI.
When you can’t see what is hunting you is when there is the greatest tension in the movie, much like I Am Legend the moment you see the awful digital creation the tension just seeps away.
The Thing is just packed with clichés, cannot escape, the radio is dead and a huge storm is on its way in - sounds like the plot of a movie that we have seen a million times before.
The themes of paranoia and isolation really do work well as everybody is under suspicion and they turn on each other.
There is also a great central turn from Mary Elizabeth Winstead as he is a tough central female rather than someone who just stands around screaming and needs to be rescued.
The Thing is an uninspiring movie that is like so many other horror movies - while it doesn’t take anything away from the original but it doesn’t add to it.
The Thing is out on DVD & Blu-Ray now
FemaleFirst Helen Earnshaw