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The Thing (2011)

The Thing




Release Date

October 14, 2011

MPAA Rating



103 min.


Universal Pictures

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Not quite bad, but it's not recommended either.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Cast and Crew


Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.


Marc Abraham, Eric Newman


Ronald D. Moore, Eric Heisserer



Antarctica: an extraordinary continent of awesome beauty. It is also home to an isolated outpost where a discovery full of scientific possibility becomes a mission of survival when an alien is unearthed by a crew of international scientists. The shape-shifting creature, accidentally unleashed at this marooned colony, has the ability to turn itself into a perfect replica of any living being. It can look just like you or me, but inside, it remains inhuman. In the thriller The Thing, paranoia spreads like an epidemic among a group of researchers as they're infected, one by one, by a mystery from another planet.

Paleontologist Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) 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 (Joel Edgerton), 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.

"The Thing" serves as a prelude to John Carpenter's classic 1982 film of the same name. Directed by Matthijs van Heijningen, the thriller is produced by Strike Entertainment's Marc Abraham and Eric Newman ("Dawn of the Dead").

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Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Joel Edgerton and Stig Henrik Hoff in Universal Pictures' The Thing (2011)
Kim Bubbs, Eric Christian Olsen and Trond Espen Seim in Universal Pictures' The Thing (2011)

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Los Angeles Premiere of The Thing
Oct 10, 2011
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Los Angeles Premiere of The Thing
Oct 10, 2011


“..the characters here lack in personality and the actors aren't doing much more than going through the motions..”
by Brad Brevet [Rope of Silicon]
“..shock to the system, because no one had blended horror and science fiction like that before..”
by Peter Hartlaub [San Francisco Chronicle]
“..chests burst, entrails twist and snap like cracked whips, and bodies morph into spidery monsters..”
by Rob Nelson [Variety]