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2010 - 2015, Aliens, Monsters, Sci-Fi

The Thing (2011)

Duration 1h 43m Rating (UK) 15
Source of story Originally a short story “Who Goes There” by John W Campbell Jr published in 1938 and the 1982 film of the same name. This is in fact a prequel to the earlier film
Writers/Script Eric Heisserer
Additional Info The 1982 film shows the ruins of a Norwegian Antarctic base where something terrible has taken place. This film features that base, and the something terrible.
Director Matthijs van Heijningen
Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Ulrich Thomsen, Eric Christian Olsen, Adewale Akinnouye-Agbaje
Elevator Pitch A female paleontologist joins a group of Norwegians who have found a spacecraft in the Antarctic, and once she arrives they recover an alien frozen in a block of ice. While celebrating their discovery the alien escapes and the team discover that it is capable of replicating them so that they no longer know who is human and who is not.
Content Scenes in the wilds of the snowy Antarctic, in the interior of the base and the exterior of the space ship under the ice. Once the alien escapes, a lot of blood and grotesqueness as people are eaten or assimilated. Thereafter continuous tension as members of the team die usually by being torched with flame-throwers. Some drinking but no drugs, nudity or sex.
A View It’s a bit like the first film with extra squidginess, most of the critics saying it is too much like the first. I would have liked to have known how the alien which seemed to consist of fangs, claws and tentacles managed to operate the space ship. There are a few shocks and for me a few look away moments. Not much liked but fine for a watch for nothing.

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