REVIEW: ‘The Thing’ is a Rip-Roaring, Laugh-Riot for the Whole Family
By Sebastian Updyke
OMGG.com Film/TV Critic
October 20, 2011
Does the changing weather have you down? Well I have just “the thing” to lift your spirits! Run, don’t walk to see the rib-tickling sequel to the 1982 John Carpenter-directed comedic masterpiece The Thing!
For starters, I will say I’m a bit surprised that no studio execs caught the glaring typo in the 2011 film’s title. Um, hellllo…you forgot the ‘Part 2′!
Aside from the naming mishap (someone lost their over that one!), the film is flawless. It centers around goofball scientist Dr. Sander Halvorson, an outcast from the Bronx who moves to Antarctica in search of a wife. When he encounters a female alien named Xeonis (played brilliantly by Golden Globe-nominated actress Maggie Gyllenhaal), it’s love at first sight. But despite their obvious chemistry, Xeonis eventually realizes her relationship with Dr. Halvorson would never work after discovering his dark secret – *SPOILER ALERT* – he’s Jewish!
The Bottom Line: This laugh-a-minute film noir is an early Oscar favorite. Rated R for strong language, drug use and graphic alien nudity.
Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars
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