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  • Summary: Paleontologist Kate Lloyd has traveled to the desolate region for the expedition of her lifetime. Joining a Norwegian scientific team that has stumbled across an extraterrestrial ship buried in the ice, she discovers an organism that seems to have died in the crash eons ago. But it is about to wake up. When a simple experiment frees the alien from its frozen prison, Kate must join the crew's pilot, Carter, to keep it from killing them off one at a time. And in this vast, intense land, a parasite that can mimic anything it touches will pit human against human as it tries to survive and flourish. (Universal Pictures)

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  • Director: Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.
  • Genre(s): Sci-Fi, Mystery, Thriller, Horror
  • Rating: R
  • Runtime: 103 min
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 31
  2. Negative: 4 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Oct 14, 2011
    75
    Yes, it is derivative, but in a year in which films from the 1980s are getting needless remakes seemingly every other week, this one stands out as a rare one that works. That's a good "Thing."
  2. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Oct 13, 2011
    70
    I'm delighted to tell you that the new Thing was made by people who understand what the horror audience wants and don't treat it like a bunch of brain-dead children. Mirabile freakin' dictu.
  3. Reviewed by: Tom Russo
    Oct 13, 2011
    63
    The basic story is identical, and when there are fraught, climactic opportunities for the movie to make a gutsy departure, it passes up the chance.
  4. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Oct 13, 2011
    50
    Heijningen's The Thing is tightly paced, has enough imaginative horror to satisfy even the most jaded gorehound, and never strays too far from its source, so why do you come away from it feeling like it was the runner-up in a daylight nightmare festival?
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Hartlaub
    Oct 13, 2011
    50
    It's an imperfect facsimile, guilty of borrowing too many ideas from the earlier film, and then executing them with differing results.
  6. Reviewed by: Jesse Cataldo
    Oct 13, 2011
    50
    You can tell a lot about the film from its rough handling of the materials supplied by its predecessor, using these commonalities both to identify the bond between the two and signal how much further it's willing to push things.
  7. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Oct 12, 2011
    25
    This Thing is purely for the gorehounds, and they aren't likely to leave impressed.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 62 out of 86
  2. Negative: 11 out of 86
  1. Oct 14, 2011
    10
    How do you replicate the horror of John Carpenterâ
  2. Oct 15, 2011
    9
    Truly a movie made for the fans of "The Thing' and I am one of those huge fans. Very well put together movie, a bit predictable for me and some very minor things here and there I would have liked to have seen better but overall, a solid prequel. I would have rated the movie a 10 if it weren't for over use of CGI. ( Not terrible, but the CG still takes you out of the immersion of the film.) Highly recommend this to anyone seeking a good October thrill movie or fans of the thing. Expand
  3. Apr 4, 2013
    8
    I do not recall the original The Thing to be so action-oriented and I believe the age of suspense in movie-making had ended after the 80's, partially because modern-day technology creates images that are far too sharp and leave too little to the imagination but then again, I can't hold really hold that against a movie. As far as modern day science-fiction goes, The Thing is an excellent movie. It has suspense, an interesting cast, good looking CGI monsters and a plot that flows along neatly. It doesn't try to answer any questions, it just wants the viewer to enjoy the ride without putting too much thought in it. I think it could have easily used half an hour more to explain the motivation of The Thing. Expand
  4. Nov 11, 2011
    7
    Someone plz plz tell me what is hollywood doing...They FUBAR everything with there remakes and going backwords in the squeals thank you George Lucas with your 1,2,3 now everyone doing it..I am and still is the biggest fan of the 80's kirk russell The thing and also seen the original black and white...I so happy when they made a game which was a sequel..Was really hoping that this would set the ball rolling for the movie...But no they make prequel yes it's fine but those who new to it think o different and when I have to explain to them no this is a prequel not a remake of the first movie god thank you hollywood and your dumb ass ideas plus they didn't really make a effort to change the movie title they could have called it The Thing first contact, or the thing new life something just to introduce people if they haven't heard of the movie before...really it's not that hard..they should have had john carpenter back on the wheel it was his ship so let him be able to produce a sequels.. Expand
  5. Dec 15, 2013
    6
    And therein lies the biggest issue with this Thing prequel: it asks us to believe that the same sequence of events could happen to two groups of similar people, all within a short time span (a few days). While the outcome was always predetermined, the filmmakers behind this new chapter missed the opportunity to put their own unique spin on how these events played into that ending. Even the end credit sequence which directly connects this film to the opening scene of Carpenter’s feels like a heavy-handed contrivance meant to remind us (in case we forgot) that this was a prequel, and not a remake. But again, like The Thing itself, it’s hard to make that distinction just by looking. Luckily for the filmmakers, the imitation of a good movie still results in a fairly suitable (if flawed) copy. Expand
  6. Jan 23, 2013
    5
    "The Thing" is an original and well-made film, but it makes you boring and slow.
  7. Feb 1, 2012
    0
    Awful, just finished watching it.

    Honestly it rushes through itself.. we barely have the time to get to know a characters name before ****
    has broken loose and everyone is dying horribly.

    Half the shots are just Mary Elizabeth Winstead looking worried, and the others are a few snippets of irrelevant dialogue.

    Nobody seems to care that their friends are getting ripped to **** shreds. The one moment of tension where theyâ
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