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The Thing (2011)

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At an Antarctica research site, the discovery of an alien craft leads to a confrontation between graduate student Kate Lloyd and scientist Dr. Sander Halvorson.


Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. (as Matthijs van Heijningen)


Eric Heisserer, John W. Campbell Jr. (short story "Who Goes There?")
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mary Elizabeth Winstead ... Kate Lloyd
Joel Edgerton ... Carter
Ulrich Thomsen ... Dr. Sander Halvorson
Eric Christian Olsen ... Adam Finch
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje ... Jameson
Paul Braunstein ... Griggs
Trond Espen Seim ... Edvard Wolner
Kim Bubbs ... Juliette
Jørgen Langhelle ... Lars
Jan Gunnar Røise Jan Gunnar Røise ... Olav
Stig Henrik Hoff ... Peder
Kristofer Hivju ... Jonas
Jo Adrian Haavind ... Henrik
Carsten Bjørnlund ... Karl
Jonathan Walker ... Colin (as Jonathan Lloyd Walker)


Paleontologist Kate Lloyd is invited by Dr. Sandor Halvorson to join his team who have found something extraordinary. Deep below the Arctic ice, they have found an alien spacecraft that has been there for perhaps 100,000 years. Not far from where the craft landed, they find the remains of the occupant. It's cut out of the ice and taken back to their camp but as the ice melts, the creature reanimates and not only begins to attack them but manages to infect them, with team members devolving into the alien creature. Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


It's not human. Yet. See more »


Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong creature violence and gore, disturbing images, and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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USA | Canada


English | Norwegian | Danish

Release Date:

14 October 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Thing: The Beginning See more »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada See more »


Box Office


$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,493,665, 16 October 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$16,928,670, 17 November 2011

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


(at around 22 mins) The songs the crew are singing are "Sámiid Ædnan", the Norwegian entry in the 1980 Eurovision Song Contest, originally sung by Sverre Kjelsberg and Mattis Hætta. And the other one is called "Jeg gikk en tur på stien" (translated: I walked along the forest path), a well known children's song about someone walking in the woods, and meeting a cuckoo. The origin of this song is unknown. See more »


Dr. Sander Halvorson speaks fluent Danish without an accent to his fellow Norwegians. Actor Ulrich Thomsen is Danish. Danish and Norwegian people can, for the most part, understand each other. In some cases there might be a confusion, as the Danish language can be hard to follow, but this still doesn't qualify as a goof. See more »


[first lines]
Peder: [In Norwegian] Okay, I've got another one. A good one. A man and woman are making love one night when their young boy walks in.
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Crazy Credits

SPOILER: There are a few short scenes during the first part of the end credits, which tie the ending of this film to the beginning of the 1982 film. See more »


Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Captain America (2016) See more »


Jeg Gikk En Tur Pa Stien
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Poor continuity, poor writing = mediocrity
15 October 2011 | by lennonforeverSee all my reviews


PLEASE DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN YET! Or maybe even John Carpenter's fantastic film.

"The Thing" paid homage to both previous versions, even "Alien/Aliens" which was great.The scenery was great outside, and inside too. Another plus, no romantic garbage.

But,now I'm going to rant !

Plot inconsistencies, anachronisms , poor character development, silly CGI, ruined it for me. There were few creepy moments- when the Thing is cut from the ice, the drilling for tissue, and my favorite scene of the entire film- the two-faced thing on all fours, searching room to room for the helicopter guy.

The most awful horror rule broken- we see the Creature much too early! That really bugged me.

Then ,all of a sudden , the last girl ( or is she?) is taking the entire operation of the camp away from the other researchers? So, she figures out the "diabolical" alien plot, just like that, not speaking to anyone? Academic politics even in Antarctica. Who knew? Plot holes, clichéd writing.

I learned the director always kept a copy of Carpenter's film near-by, to keep it real.He should have referred to it a great deal more.

And the camp personnel- who are they? Should we even care what happens to them? We know very little about them,so we really don't care what happens to them. With the exception of, maybe, two people -Lars and the girl. The rest are clichéd characters.Where was the slow and steady paranoia building to a climax? Yes, there was a little, which was good, but certainly no where near to Carpenter's.

And don't get me started about the dog!! We first see the dog, who appears to be some kind of large border collie. Maybe it's a northern breed of which I am not aware.But it WASN'T a damn husky!!!!! Where on Earth did the husky come from? AND I DIDN'T EVEN SEE IN THE CREDITS - THE EVER PRESENT 'NO ANIMALS WERE HARMED IN THE MAKING OF THIS FILM'!!! WHAT GIVES?

The guy's earring?? Give me a break. Straight guys in 1982 weren't wearing earrings! And why would he touch the wrong lobe?

And what about the flat-screened computer in the girl's lab? Didn't know they had those in 1982 (sarcasm)

The doctor/alien thing in the spaceship reminded me of Buffy and Dr Who episodes. Silly.

So what happened to the girl at the end? Was she out of gas, or the cliffhanger, is she a Thing? This film screams sequel, sequel. Was Lars infected? Did he absorb the 'final girl'? Too many unanswered questions.

My recommendation - if you're a fan of science fiction horror you'll probably like it. If you're a 'creature feature' fanatic you'll probably like it. But if you are a very big fan of John Carpenter's 1982 film, or Howard Hawks' version ,the latter happens to be my favorite movie of ALL TIME,ANY GENRE, simply avoid. Completists will probably need to see this film. Everyone else, eh.

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