Review: The Thing (2011)

Upon discovering an extraterrestrial lifeform, Dr. Sander Halvorson (Ulrich Thomsen) handpicks top minds, including student Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), to carry out experiments upon it at a remote Antarctic research site. When the alien breaks free, the team must combat unease and distrust to stop it before it’s too late.

Pitched as a prequel to John Carpenter’s cult classic, Matthijs Van Heijningen Jr.’s The Thing attempts to cleverly replicate the tone and Continue reading “Review: The Thing (2011)”

Review: Final Destination 5 (2011)

The fifth instalment in New Line Cinema’s massively successful horror franchise, Final Destination 5 isn’t terribly dissimilar to the films before it, which always center on a character who has a premonition about a fatal accident and must cheat Death in order to prevent multiple fatalities. In this incarnation, Sam Lawton (Nicholas D’Agosto) experiences exactly this, witnessing the death of both himself and his co-workers.

No matter how stoic and predicable the Final Destination films have come to be, credit must be given to the filmmakers and writers of each instalment who have always valiantly tried to veer away from the typical trajectory and create something new and exciting with each new instalment. Thankfully, the same can be said for Final Destination 5, in which screenwriter Continue reading “Review: Final Destination 5 (2011)”