Elitist Jerks

October 12, 2010 by staff 

Elitist Jerks, Actual title of Howard Hawks’ original product (and possibly directed) is “The Thing From Another World” and is by far my favorite of the two and easily one of the best horror movies released in the fifties. Located in a remote Arctic research station and remote feature researchers and Air Force, Captain Hendry (Kenneth Tobey an absolutely superb) and his men come in the crash of an extraterrestrial spaceship and its passengers, both ice in the heat of the accident. After accidentally blowing up the ship (an act that will become a running joke in a movie filled with calm, intelligent humor), men drag the block of ice containing from abroad to the base, without intent to unfreeze scientists find the century without orders from above. Obviously, these best-laid plans do not work and soon a piece of blood-hungry plant life, The Thing (James Arness), is released.
In addition to its creepy, claustrophobic atmosphere and scares slow voltage, the real pleasure of Charles Lederer script (loosely based on the John Campbell’s short story “Who Goes There?”) Is the interaction between the characters as heard it through a unique charm and casual banter that quickly allows the various reports and a ton of exposure necessary if we want the public going to understand what is happening and why.

At the center of the action is our hero, a strong leader Hendry jaw U.S. is not above making mistakes (like blowing up the spaceship) or by asking those around him who know better a number of questions necessary to make the best decisions. His willingness to do everything possible to try to meet a visiting journalist who is desperate to bring the story and lead investigator of the station, Dr. Arthur Carrington (Robert Cornthwaite excellent), which is even more desperate to study and protect foreign marauding go a long way towards establishing the character as the kind of man we’d all follow. It is not weak, far from it – just listen to what he can, and, finally, to take full responsibility for the outcome.

Ultimately, however, no amount of reason or accommodation to satisfy the infinite arrogance Carrington which ultimately undermine the security of all because his elitist contempt for humanity if he was sure the thing is over we – ignoring his words, “wiser. “Needless to say, this is a Howard Hawks’s movie and conciliator that eventually they all had to come.

Kurt Russell, Keith David, Richard Masur, Wilford Brimley, Richard Dysart and lead a cast of great guys decidedly non-military that match the vision antihero Carpenter became famous. These men eventually rise to the occasion, however, that the stakes become clear that, if the alien reach the general population, it will wipe out the human race like the plague. Thanks to a close Downer, classic and modern Carpenter is often described as nihilistic, but I disagree (perhaps even the filmmaker himself).

The final decision of the two survivors, and David Russell, is hardly a moment of life is meaningless. In fact, it is a noble and heroic act of self-sacrifice. Both men chose to die rather than run the risk of the surviving alien to annihilate mankind.

Adding considerably to the overall experience is the driving score by Ennio Morricone (which, in places, canals own composing Carpenter) and Rob Bottin’s effects incredible special camera (with help from Stan Winston when something attacks dogs). So respected is actually entertaining and the film today it is difficult to believe that when it was first published scathing reviews and indifferent box office. “ET”, which has a very different view of what might be expected from a foreign visit, had only been in theaters a few weeks when “The Thing” was released and the public was probably not interested the buzz kills.

Finally, like most good films really make this vision relentlessly tense and violent an alien invasion of the psychological nature is both for public and critical respect he deserves.

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