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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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It's not human. Yet. 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 »

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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

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Color

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

When Carter and Jameson return to the camp, they stumble past a funny signpost full of city names and their distances. One of the cities that can be clearly read is Amsterdam, which is where director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. is from. 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 Midnight Screenings: The Worst Films of 2011 (2011) See more »

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The Thing (End Credits)
Written by Ennio Morricone
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Horror for a different age.
27 November 2011 | by steve1-1See all my reviews

Now now children, some people will have different opinions than you and just because it's different, doesn't make it wrong. Having read the first couple of pages of reviews here and having just seen the film only quarter of an hour ago, I felt compelled to write something about this prequel to the 1982 'The Thing'.

It's fair to say that opinion is divided on the merits of this offering, but it's also fair to say that most opinions that lambast this film are from die-hard Carpenter fans who are woefully disappointed by what they have seen, and fair play to them. No, it's not like the original movie. Go figure. It's nearly thirty years later. If you want to see the same film, go and rent it (and then watch it) twice.

Having seen the original movie maybe three or four times in the past thirty years (I was fourteen when I will have first seen it in 1983) I was quite pleasantly surprised by the end of this prequel. True, it lacks some of the tension of the original and the acting from most, if not all, was below par. I remember the wonder of the special effects taking my breath away in the early eighties. This effort failed to bring me those same kind of delightful terrors. However, this is not due to the realism or effort on the part of the film-makers.

This is purely down to my experience of horror movies throughout the past thirty years. My expectations at 42 are not the same as that 14 year old boy and I am a grisled and wisened old movie cynic these days as opposed to a wide-eyed horror newbie. I think I watched this around the same time as my pirate VHS copies of The Evil Dead and Poltergeist.

In short, this wasn't half bad. It was faithful enough the original film for my liking, though having only seen it a few times, I am far from an authority on the subject matter. Continuity sputtered from time to time and there were slightly too many plot lines left dangling for comfort, but altogether, this was an enjoyable hour and a half. Yes, it's true that you didn't feel for the characters as much as say MacReady (or whatever Russell's name was) in the first film and some of the blame for this should fall squarely on the writers. After all, bad though the acting may have been, they can only read what's on the page in front of them.

Don't be put off by the comments you read here that tell you this is nothing more than an awful pile of monkey doings, because that is judging it too harshly. It's never going to be the classic that Carpenter's film ended up being, but given the last decade of truly terrible remakes we have been forced to sit through, horror-wise, this is almost a breath of fresh air. Remember what decade you're in be thankful that whilst this is not a classic, it is better than much of what we've seen recently.


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