- 102 min
- 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
- Website: www.thethingmovie.net
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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