The Thing

The Thing
  • 2011
  • US / Canada
  • 1h 42min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Matthijs van Heijningen Jr
  • Written by: Eric Heisserer
  • Cast: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Ulrich Thomsen, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Eric Christian Olsen
  • Language: English, Norwegian
  • UK release: 2 December 2011
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In this prequel to John Carpenter's 1982 horror classic, Norwegian researchers in Antarctica discover a bloodthirsty alien which imitates human life-forms. Derivative and shapeless, with slack dialogue, vacuous characters and a less-than-impressive Thing, this is not so much homage as rip-off.

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