As Nondescript as Its Title
Release Date: October 14, 2011
Starring: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel
Edgerton, Ulrich Thomsen, Eric
Christian Olsen, Adewale
Genre: Horror/Science Fiction
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 103 minutes
Distributor: Universal Pictures/Comcast
Director: Matthijs Van Heijnnigen, Jr.
Executive Producer: J. Miles Dale, David Foster,
Producer: Marc Abraham, Eric Newman
Writer: Eric Heisserer
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The story follows a team of American scientists led by a female paleontologist named Kate Lloyd as they arrive in Antarctica. They were sent to help a team of Norwegian scientists figure out what the monstrous creature they discovered far under the ice actually is. It turns out the creature (aka “The Thing”) is an alien being that crash-landed on earth 600,000 years ago. As it defrosts and breaks out of the ice wherein it was frozen, the alien proceeds to set bloody mayhem in motion by attacking the people one by one and replicating their cells to appear like the humans it attacks. This sets off a mix of over-the-top monster effects and bloody kills. The mayhem is offset by more restrained moments of psychological tension as the scientists start to grow paranoid because they don’t know who’s really human and who’s really a monster.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead as the female paleontologist proves to be an effective action star with brains and an appealing disposition. However, the other human characters in THE THING are not well drawn. In fact, they seem practically interchangeable. This not only makes the movie less compelling since we don’t know enough about the characters to truly care about them, but also makes their horribly colorful deaths less intense than they should be for horror fans. The movie has some suspenseful but gruesome moments. Overall, however, THE THING proves to be too much a case of having seen and heard it all too many times before. It also contains a significant amount of foul language and very strong, gruesome violence.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead as the female paleontologist proves to be an effective action star. She has brains and conveys an appealing disposition. However, the other human characters in THE THING are not well drawn. In fact, they seem practically interchangeable. Ultimately, THE THING proves to be too much a case of having seen and heard it all too many times before. It also contains a significant amount of strong foul language and very strong, gruesome violence. THE THING is easily unremarkable, over the top and easily forgettable.