YMMV / The Thing (2011)

  • Ass Pull: There's no real reason for the Thing on the helicopter to transform and kill the humans on board, except to keep the movie from ending an hour or so early.
    • It was probably panicking about the helicopter being recalled and it likely being captured when it landed, so it (successfully) tried to make it crash away from the base in a bid for survival.
    • The Dog-Thing appears straight out of nowhere during the ending sequence for no reason besides setting up the 1982 film. While we did see the original dog that it infected earlier in the film, it was very early on, and there would've been no reason why we didn't see it again beforehand.
  • Awesome Music: The score of the original film makes a welcome (and haunting) return at the end of the scene that ties the final knot between the two films. If you listen carefully, you'll also hear bits and pieces of remixes of Ennio Morricone's music.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Both Lars and Jonas.
  • Homegrown Hero: In a polar research station filled with Norwegians, of course the sole American will be the hero.
  • So Okay, It's Average: Bordering on Ironic Echo, both this film and the original film didn't do very well at the box office. One article did the math, explaining that the new film's ticket sales on opening weekend were nearly identical to the number sold for the '82 film on its own opening weekend. (The new film ended up being significantly more frontloaded than the original, however.)
  • Special Effects Failure: Not a "failure", per se, but the digital effects. Detailed or not, it's very difficult not to be aware that you're looking at mid-budget CGI, which stands out especially in the wake of Rob Bottin's original effects. It's worth noting that every monster was actually filmed using practical effects (with the intention of mixing the two methods as necessary), but later everything was "painted over" in CGI. The effects company noted that the CGI was faithful to their actual designs, but disappointed their work was covered up.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Several reviews noted that the movie could have made good use of the lone American on a Norwegian base to heighten her sense of isolation and paranoia by having no idea what everyone else is saying most of the time, but nope!
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The film features some not too shabby digital effects, and the practical effects we do see (and the concept art and model photographs) show the original effects work was pretty stunning.