The Thing (2011) 2011 R CC

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From the producers of Dawn of the Dead comes the prelude to John Carpenter's cult classic film where paranoia spreads like an epidemic after a creature is freed from its frozen prison.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton
1 hour 44 minutes

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The Thing (2011)

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Genres Science Fiction, Thriller, Mystery, Horror
Director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.
Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton
Supporting actors Ulrich Thomsen, Eric Christian Olsen, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Paul Braunstein, Trond Espen Seim, Kim Bubbs, Jørgen Langhelle, Jan Gunnar Røise, Stig Henrik Hoff, Kristofer Hivju, Jo Adrian Haavind, Carsten Bjørnlund, Jonathan Walker, Ole Martin Aune Nilsen, Michael Brown
Studio Universal Pictures
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Customer Reviews

I really don't think I'll be watching this movie too often, perhaps just at Halloween.
This prequel to John Carpenter's '82 remake is a really good horror film, one of the best I've seen in years.
The acting is well done, the story line is tight and the special effects are every bit as good.

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251 of 286 people found the following review helpful By mattrattler on December 12, 2011
Format: Blu-ray
The reviews were very interesting and there are some good points.
I'll start by saying I was only 12 when I saw "John Carpenter's The Thing" in the theater. Obviously it made a huge impression (through slightly closed fingers). I was at that point already a HUGE horror/sci-fi movie fan and even at 12 LOVED the original 1951 "The Thing From Another World". I still love the old B/W movies and it's too bad more people don't appreciate that. With that said movies need to advance...Lord of the Rings, Jurrasic Park...great CGI.

Now if you are a true Fan of JC's version of "The Thing", you will know two main thngs:
1.) This is a pretty faithful version of the short story ALL of them are based on, John W. Campbell, Jr. "Who Goes There?" The original 1951 (although awesome) was not. Keep in mind, JC did a wonderful job giving a nod to the 1951 movie. Not to mention featuring it as the movie the kids are watching in "Halloween".
2.) You will have seen the extensive behind the scenes featrues on the Collector's Version DVD and know it was like the stars aligned and the circumstances worked very well to create an almost once in a lifetime movie. Now with that said, the cast, acting, direction, mood of the movie, etc was still executed at a truly phenominal level.

I am 41 now and was interested to hear about the prequel. That is the intension of this movie. Although as many pointed out, there are a great number of parallel comparisons to how the characters are and how the storyline is. I was always interested to see what SPECIFICALLY happened at the Norweigan camp and the general backstory. Was it "necessary" - no. But it's still fun to see. So here is a quick rundown of why I think this movie is a little better than OK.

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127 of 150 people found the following review helpful By D. Doppes on November 15, 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Thats one of the early lines in the film from Kate, it could also be asked about making a prequel to the much loved '82 classic. Just like in the movie, my answer is "yes I do". Making a film this many years after a classic and trying to make the story before that movie is challenging. When watching The Thing from '82 you had to wonder about the Norwegians and the back story, thats why this film is interesting. I went into the film with an open mind. It surprised me in the amount of detail. They really tried to match this up with the prior film as best they could. With the age gap between the films, I think they did a great job.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays Kate a paleontologist, brought to Antartica to help in bringing a frozen "thing" out of the ice. She starts out observing and asking questions while Dr. Halvorson conducts his analysis of the specimen. As the story unfolds however, its Kate that uses her head and leads the group. The question throughout the film is- who is human? Nobody is who they seem all the way til the end. And some people you think aren't human, turn out to be only to be different later. The effects and cgi are executed very well here. The examination of a consumed human within a thing is creepy. They even have to cut through a casing around the human- sick stuff. The star of the movie is definately Winstead, although the cast is collectively good. The casting was very good for a film that mixes characters from different countries. One of the best scenes in the movie is when the group gathers for a test to see who is human. This is where Winstead is at her best. Great work here. And the best weapon against these things is THE FLAMETHROWER! Great action throughout the movie- you won't be disappointed.
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76 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Time Traveler on January 1, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
My expectations were low and I was BLOWN AWAY! Great prequel, fills in gaps. Quality, cast, story first rate. Others crying about CGI - they would have cried anyway even if they didn't use it. Get a life. Looked fine to me. If you loved the JC 1982 version, you will love this prequel. Remember to stay for the credits - truly awesome tie-in. Something you don't see much these days.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 27, 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
The cool thing is to see how the filmmakers stayed closed to the John Carpenter version (for legal rights reasons) and told the story of what happened to the "Swedes"... sorry, the Norwegians when they made their original discovery.

This is actually the pre-quel to the Carpenter Classic, and it deserves to be taken seriously... and I will bet big money that it will be taken seriously years from now.

I will take it seriously by throwing out this thought -- the filmmakers of this version had to stay close to the storyline of the "rights" they optioned or owned - and that ended up working for their movie because... they are talented filmmakers, but also because in a deeper way the "repeated" plot beats make you think about how humans end up playing out the same type of scenarios/reactions when faced with an "alien" or "an outsider" that upsets the "reciprocal relationships" within their "community."

This is the perfect "Double Bill" for all the people my age who should watch both "things" back to back. And for those who are younger -- check this movie out! And then watch Carpenter's "The Thing" right after... if your father hasn't already shown it to you... like I did with my two daughters.

I still feel bad about doing that to them... showing them a movie when they were probably not old enough to handle the violence... but I couldn't wait any longer -- I wanted them to see one of my favorite movies of all time!
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