movie film review | chris tookey


© Unknown - all rights reserved
  Thing Review
Tookey's Rating
4 /10
Average Rating
4.16 /10
Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Ulrich Thomsen
Full Cast >

Directed by: Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.
Written by: Ronald D. Moore, Eric Heisserer, based on the short story Who Goes There? by John W. Campbell, Jr.

Released: 2011
Origin: US/ Canada
Length: 102

Another gore-fest.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

Bookmark and Share

Though advertised as a prequel to John Carpenter’s 1982 sci-fi horror film, this is to all intents and purposes a remake. The story is almost identical, though the addition of a heroine owes an obvious debt to Alien.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead (pictured) plays an American palaeontologist who joins some Norwegians in Antarctica when they find an extremely nasty alien.

What follows is a thoroughly uninspired, by-the-numbers horror film about an alien eating under-characterised humans, hiding within their bodies (heaven knows why it bothers) and bursting out of them in various unpleasant ways.

Grosser and less darkly humorous than the Carpenter film or Christian Nyby’s 1951 original, it’s directed like a shoot-‘em’up video game by Matthijs van Heijningen.

Gory though it is, I couldn’t help noticing a lack of urgency. Characters stroll about when they need to be running, and chat when they should be panicking. If they’re not terrified, why should we be?

Key to Symbols