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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.

Director:

Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. (as Matthijs van Heijningen)

Writers:

Eric Heisserer, John W. Campbell Jr. (short story "Who Goes There?")
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Cast

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 ... Olav
Stig Henrik Hoff ... Peder
Kristofer Hivju ... Jonas
Jo Adrian Haavind ... Henrik
Carsten Bjørnlund ... Karl
Jonathan Walker ... Colin (as Jonathan Lloyd Walker)
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Storyline

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

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In a place where there is nothing, they found something. See more »

Genres:

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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Details

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

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 »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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:

$31,505,287
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Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

When we first meet Kate Lloyd she is studying a thawing cave bear (ursus spelaeus). See more »

Goofs

Jameson's skiing cap changes position on his head in many shots. Most noticeably when he enters the room where the thing is initially kept. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

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Referenced in Nanoman: Sonnye loschinki (2014) See more »

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The Thing (End Credits)
Written by Ennio Morricone
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A Remake Disguised in Prequel but Without the Tension of John Carpenter's Masterpiece
9 July 2013 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In 1982, the Norwegian Dr. Sander Halvorson (Ulrich Thomsen) invites the paleontologist Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) to join his team in his research in the Artic. On the arrival, she learns that they have discovered a spacecraft deep below in the ice. They find a frozen alien life form nearby and they bring to their facility for research. Out of the blue, the alien revives and attack the scientists, contaminating them and assuming the shape of his victim. Kate finds means to identify the creature, but maybe it is too late to save the team members.

In 1982, the master John Carpenter remade the 1951 "The Thing from Another World" ans his movie has become a masterpiece. The story of a shape-shifting alien that can assume any human form is tense, supported by a claustrophobic and depressing scenario, paranoid characters with Kurt Russell in the top of his successful career, haunting music score by Ennio Morricone and John Carpenter's top-notch direction.

This remake disguised in prequel is not totally bad, but follows the format of the present Hollywood movies, supported by special effects but without the atmosphere and the psychological horror of the 1982 movie. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "O Enigma do Outro Mundo" ("The Enigma of Another World")


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