The Thing: MSN Review

Yet as faithful as he is to Carpenter's horror classic, Dutchman Matthijs van Heijningen Jr thoroughly fails to emulate its dark, creeping dread and spine-tingling tension. Nor do his computer-enhanced effects feel half as viscerally disgusting as the prosthetics and models Rob Bottin so memorably created three decades ago.
What this update does have in its favour is Mary Elizabeth Winstead as a resourceful paleontologist who proves as handy with a flamethrower as Sigourney Weaver was in Aliens. Given the rest of the cast appears to be almost exclusively made up of bearded Scandinavians, though, it's perhaps not surprising she makes an impression.
Verdict: Same old Thing. More on MSN Movies: Cinema listings: The Thing Pictures: The Thing
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