The Thing

The Thing

DVD - 2012
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When paleontologist Kate Lloyd travels to an isolated outpost in Antarctica for the expedition of a lifetime, she joins an international team that unearths a remarkable discovery. Their elation quickly turns to fear as they realize that their experiment has freed a mysterious being from its frozen prison. Paranoia spreads like an epidemic as a creature that can mimic anything it touches will pit human against human as it tries to survive and flourish in this spine-tingling thriller.

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BBRUTTIG
Jan 16, 2021

A set up prequel to the 1982 Carpenter film it relies more on gore, C.G.i. monster stuff. The Carpenter 1982 THING film is far superior. This is only Ok.

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aaropender
Aug 08, 2020

I think the complaints here mostly come from nostalgia. This movie actually holds up a little better than the '80s movie in terms of clarity and in terms of the characters standing out. There are a surprising number of plot devices and scenes taken almost copy/paste from Carpenter's movie; I think that overall, this one puts everything together a little more cogently. The first half does well dealing with tension. The final half is kind of fun as an action/monster movie.

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richmole
Jan 29, 2020

When John Campbell, the editor of Astounding Science Fiction magazine wrote the novella, Who Goes There? in 1938, he couldn't have imagined the impact the story would have. He lived to see some of it: RKO's original version, The Thing From Another World starring Kenneth Tobey. Directed by a veteran Oscar-nominated "big picture" editor (Red River) Christian Nyby, the creepy drama became 1951's most successful Sci-fi movie. No mean feat. The Day The Earth Stood Still and When Worlds Collide were competitors that year. This version--as all fans know--is the 3rd and latest rendering, from 2011.

Unlike the previous two features, the third "Thing" failed at the box office. Why? For two reasons, I think: because it had been "done before" and offered nothing startling or new to set it apart from the John Carpenter version. And, at $38 million--more than double Carpenter's budget--it simply cost too much and couldn't make a profit. The possible result: it may have ended the career of Dutch director in major motion pictures. Busy for some time up to this movie, Matthijs van Heijningen has faded from sight. Perhaps the cost of love. Because it's obvious that van Heijningen and Oscar-nominated scriptwriter Eric Heisserer (Arrival; Bird Box) fell in love both with Campbell's story and Carpenter's previous movie.

The movie is, visually, impeccable (and looks and sounds great in Bluray.) The Canadian set and effects crews lavish their own love on this movie. It's a treat to see. Heisserer's script is clever and the first half hour offers great creepy suspense. The movie's marred by one important detail on which the action hinges. It's not explained, could have been--and should have been. (No spoilers--see if you can figure it out.)

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N13m4nd
Oct 15, 2019

For fans of the 1982 version, this should be a gem. Despite having the same title, this Thing is a prequel rather than a remake, and the film makers carefully created a story that leads up to the eerie tableau found by the characters at the beginning of the older movie. However, if you were, like me, hoping for a version of the tale closer to the suspenseful original short story (Who Goes There by John Campbell), I'm afraid this The Thing is just more action, violence, and effective but repulsive special effects, much in the spirit of the 1982 version. The thing of it is, if you liked that Thing you'll like this Thing, but if that Thing wasn't your thing, then look for some other thing this time.

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RosyHorror
May 11, 2018

Gone are the tension, atmosphere, and paranoia of the 1982 classic; in are the jump scares and poor CGI of every other Hollywood monster movie. The only redeeming parts are the main character, the monster designs, and the ending (which I won't spoil because it's the only part of the movie that's remotely scary).

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strider643
Jun 01, 2017

Simply awful movie. If you want to watch a masterpiece of film making then watch John Carpenter's The Thing. This version is dull, insipid and laughable.

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Sith101
Apr 17, 2017

Horrible. about the only good part of the movie was the end were the Helicopter was chasing the dog to tie it into the 80's original. Other than that another redo or prequal that was unnecessary and badly done.

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RoyalJellyIII
Jul 24, 2015

Pretty tepid prequel to John Carpenter's excellent " The Thing ".

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nparrish
Apr 13, 2015

I checked this out thinking it was the 80's version. I like it a little better this time than I did when it first came out, but it was still pretty terrible. A few cool ideas, but wayyy too many "homage" & plagiarized material, too many stupid scenes, crappy CGI, etc. Worth a watch if you're bored or haven't seen the 'series'.

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Nursebob
Dec 14, 2014

The CGI effects may be slicker, and the cast of big burly Norwegians easier on the eye, but this inferior prequel to John Carpenter’s 1982 horror classic plays more like a weak rehash than an original vision. Director Matthijs van Heijningen tries to copy Carpenter’s original mood with dark claustrophobic interior scenes set against a backdrop of bleak mountains and endless snowfields; he even plagiarizes the opening title shot and much of the original musical score. However, although the creature sequences themselves are gruesomely effective as it morphs and melts into grotesque parodies of the humans it has ingested, he has nothing new to say. In fact, several key scenes seem to be copied directly from Carpenter’s film while the alien ship’s interior seems remarkably similar to the one found in Ridley Scott’s Alien. In the end we are left with a few jolts, some nightmarish visuals, and an overwhelming sense of déjà vu. At least the dog escaped...

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ManMachine
Oct 09, 2012

Violence: There's gore and blood and deaths. And the monster was not a pretty sight.

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ManMachine
Oct 09, 2012

Coarse Language: Profanities, like the f-word, are used once in a while. And a really terrible "sex" joke was told.

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Mike117
Mar 31, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Can be frightening for the under 12 so parents should watch with them.

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krystalamanda16
Nov 24, 2012

krystalamanda16 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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