Morgan Creek Productions, Universal Pictures, Strike Entertainment,

Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Eric Christian Olsen, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Joel Edgerton, Ulrich Thomsen, Jonathan Walker, Kim Bubbs, Trond Espen Seim, Stig Henrik Hoff, Jørgen Langhelle, Jan Gunnar Røise, Jo Adrian Haavind

In Antarctica a team of Norwegian scientists are stranded in an outpost camp until the big storm blows over. But on a routine mission, they find an alien ship frozen under the ice. Upon further discovery, the find a frozen organism inside, and bring it back to the lab to study releasing a horrible alien horror that can take over a live organism, and copy it giving it a way to hide. There is no way out, and even if there was, no one knows who is infected, and they can’t risk letting the horror loose on the whole world, so the only option is to contain it and try to survive.

This is not exactly a remake. In fact, it’s really a prequel to the original 1982 John Carpenter classic horror film of the same name. With a much bigger budget, and better special effects, this is a bigger and flashier version of the horror film. But is it better? There have been other “stranded in Antarctica with no way out” movies, that were probably homage films to the original. This is certainly not better than several of those with bigger stars and better stories. But at the same time, it is pretty scary, and it is suspenseful, not knowing who’s the bad guy here. But didn’t Star Trek do that a dozen times?

Anyway, I found this film a bit boring, and was not really impressed with it. Everything that happened was exactly what I expected, and there were really no surprises. Every cliche of this type of film was recycled, and there really wasn’t anything new or exciting.

If you’re a big fan of B stars in a B movie running around paying homage to a 30 year old story that was probably done much better the first time around, then go for it, but I can’t really recommend this one unless you have a reason to really want to watch this. If you’re like me, you’ll be disappointed by the retreaded story that we’ve seen over and over again.

EdG – EdsReview Dot Com – A Movie Review Blog



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