Mary Elizabeth Winstead headlines capably enough as a researcher with enough smarts and common sense to recognize the true potential of an unknown and constantly evolving thing discovered by a team of scientists in Antarctica, and she gets much-needed support from Aussie Warrior Joel Edgerton in this John Carpenter rerun from Matthijs van Heijningen Jr., who is scheduled to tackle Army of the Dead in 2013.
In fact, Winstead rises above the usual aping of Sigourney Weaver in the Alien saga, infusing her character with far more humanity than this movie deserves.
As is the case in all such situations, disputes break out regarding how to deal with the alien craft and the remains of a creature that could change the course of human history. Protect the discovery, protect the discovery, is the cry from the European leaders, which steamrolls the narrative towards a CGI updating full of flashier and gorier effects.
But at some point we have to wonder why: Why another remake, especially during an opening weekend already occupied by another retread from the same decade? The real thing to fear is this trend, one with no end in sight that aims to offer us a steady diet of these regurgitations. Grade: D
Opens wide Oct. 14.