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The Thing

  • Sci-fi
  • Drama
  • 2011
  • Matthijs van Heijningen
  • 98 mins
  • 15

Summary

A palaeontologist joins an international expedition in Antarctica, which has uncovered an alien spaceship frozen in the ice. They also unearth the craft's occupant, a deadly shape-changing creature that murders and imitates members of the team to hunt the others. Prequel to the 1982 sci-fi horror, starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Joel Edgerton.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Director Matthijs van Heijningen's feature debut is pitched as a prequel to John Carpenter's 1982 classic -it ends where that film begins - but it's really more of a remake, down to the many grotesque, surreal shock moments. Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays a palaeontologist who is whisked to an Antarctic research base when an alien is found embedded in the ice. Once defrosted, the shape-shifting thing causes paranoia on a grand scale, and that's even before the gory mayhem begins. This stands up well against Carpenter's film: van Heijningen creates an edgy atmosphere, the restaged gross-out scenes are enhanced rather than overwhelmed by the slick CGI work, and the horrific sights that greeted Kurt Russell's crew at the base are cleverly explained. Tense, smart and suitably gruesome, this certainly delivers the goods.

Credits

Cast

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Kate LloydMary Elizabeth Winstead
CarterJoel Edgerton
JamesonAdewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Dr Sander HalvorsonUlrich Thomsen
Adam FinchEric Christian Olsen
Edvard WolnerTrond Espen Seim
GriggsPaul Braunstein
JulietteKim Bubbs
LarsJorgen Langhelle
OlavJan Gunnar Roise

Crew

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DirectorMatthijs van Heijningen

Details

Theatrical distributor
Universal
Released on
2011-12-02
Languages
English | Norwegian | Danish
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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