Postcard Review – The Thing
Dear The Thing,
There isn’t any specific reason for me not to recommend you to anyone who is interested in you. After all, on the basis of your status as a prequel/remake of a classic horror film (itself a remake of a classic horror film) you actually clear the very low bar set for you with ease.
So sure, you make a good show of being an action film with a sci-fi bent, but given the promise of your premise and poise, I don’t think that is really enough for you to rest on. You have thrills-a-plenty, you have action set pieces that engage and entertain, but I was never really scared of anything that was happening. And in a film that so readily positions itself to be a scary, frightening, terrifying time at the movies, that is a big, big problem. You should have striven a bit harder for real, bone-chilling terror. Without that visceral ingredient, you’re just an ok film, instead of a potentially good one.
Thanks for the ambivalent time,
Brian J. Roan