The more I see of THE THING, the more I realize this is less a prequel to John Carpenter’s sci-fi classic THE THING (yes, the prequel and the original have the same title) and more a full-on reboot that is disguising itself as a prequel in order to fool fanboys and audiences into believing that it is not a reboot. Bit like the titular alien, huh? Disguising itself in order to fool those around it into believing they are safe.
Trust me…you’re not safe. THE THING, the new one, is a remake. Universal may not want you to know it, but it is. Go in knowing that and you might have a good time. You might be able to just accept that this is just another remake that may or may not stand alongside the original. Certainly won’t top it (Carpenter’s version is classic), but it might not insult it.
Go in thinking this is anything other than a remake and you’ll probably just end up pissed. Just saying.