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LRA: The Thing (2011) - Theatrical Review

LRA writes: Let's get something out of the way before I get started here. THIS IS NOT A REMAKE. I REPEAT, THIS IS NOT A REMAKE. Did you get that? I am honestly sick and tired of people referring to this film as a remake when in fact it is a PREQUEL to the original 1982 film. That's right, you read that correctly, this is a PREQUEL. But you would be forgiven for thinking otherwise. Universal seems to either be embarrassed by the fact that it is a prequel or the filmmakers never told them because it has been heavily marketed as a new version of The Thing...and that's it. The title certainly doesn't reflect it as a prequel since it is the exact same name and the trailer makes it look as a beat for beat remake. Even while watching the film it shares an enormous amount of similarities to the original. If you went into this thinking it was a remake you would most likely despise it since it can't hold a candle up to the original and you would be right to do so. But as a prequel though it not only ties into the original film better than almost any other prequel in recent memory but it is in my humble opinion a resounding success and works on its own merits quite well.

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