The latest adaptation of The Thing has its share of good scares and decent-enough performances—but the film spazzes out toward the end, resulting in an admirable yet disposable experience. This film tells the story of what happened to those Norwegians who showed up at the beginning of John Carpenter’s 1982 film, and that’s a cool premise. After that, the film simply tries to copy the look and tone of Carpenter’s movie—and nobody on this Earth should even attempt such a thing. Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays an American scientist who is hanging with the Norwegians. She winds up brandishing a flamethrower in order to fight off the thing from another planet that absorbs animals and copies them. While Carpenter’s original had groundbreaking practical effects, this one settles for mediocre CGI.