The Thing (2011)

The Thing (2011)

The Thing (2011)

Prequel to the 1982 John Carpenter sci-fi horror about the titular Thing, a shapeshifting alien and one of movie’s most iconic monsters.

Paleontologist Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Scott Pilgrim vs The World) travels to Antarctica for the expedition of a lifetime: she joins a Norwegian scientific team that has stumbled across an extraterrestrial ship buried in the ice. Inside she discovers an organism that seems to have died in the crash eons ago. When a simple experiment wakes the alien, Kate must join the crew's pilot, Carter (Joel Edgerton, Animal Kingdom), to keep it from killing the group off one at a time.

2011Rating: MA15+, for strong creature violence and gore, disturbing images, and language103 minsUSA, Canada
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Village Voice

Village Voice

John Carpenter should approve of this reasonably respectful and tough-minded prequel to his 1982 The Thing.

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USA Today

USA Today

A cinematic hot dog: It's full of body parts, but you won't get much from consuming it.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

In the annals of redundant remakes, The Thing is a particularly irritating example.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

One gut-busting death after another, terror giving way to tedium.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

It has a lot of gory Gotcha! moments, and many scenes in which an endless supply of Things are incinerat­ed by flame throwers.

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New York Post

New York Post

This creature splatter is excellent stuff but the director has no interest in the splatterees.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

The film is technically solid, with good effects.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

For a film that takes place in such a cold locale, it all feels awfully warmed-over.

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