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At Theaters: 10/14/2011 On Video: 1/31/2012
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 43 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 579970
Studio: Universal Pictures Inc.
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Antarctica: an extraordinary continent of awesome beauty. It is also home to an isolated outpost known as Thule Station. There, a crew of international scientists has unearthed a remarkable discovery. But elation quickly turns to terrifying paranoia as the group of researchers encounters something inhuman that has the ability to turn itself into an exact replica of any living being.
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Movie Type (Genre) Heading
Thriller - This is not a remake but rather a prequel to the 1982 John Carpenter film of the same name. However, it is also a very gory horror film with gruesome effects. Young adult males are the target audience, and the language and graphic violence make the film inappropriate for kids or the squeamish.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Mary Elizabeth Winstead SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD, LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD
Joel Edgerton WARRIOR
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA, THE BOURNE IDENTITY
Ulrich Thomsen HITMAN
Eric Christian Olsen THE BACK-UP PLAN, FIRED UP, LICENSE TO WED
Trond Espen Seim FALLEN ANGELS
Director: Matthijs Van Heijningen Feature film debut
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Production Notes Heading
Production Begins
Who Are You?
Creatures and Special Effects
Designing The Thing
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 11 F-words; 8 S-words; 2 GD's; a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: Bloody, graphic dismemberings, shootings, burnings, killings.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol and tobacco.
ACTION: Chases, fights, explosions.
COMEDY: None.
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Good Perhaps the best aspect of The Thing is that it does nothing to tarnish the reputation of its predecessor. It exists as a worthy extension,...

Roger Ebert Full Review
Above Average I expect this movie will do well at the box office. It has a lot of gory Gotcha! moments, and many scenes in which an endless supply of Things are incinerat­ed by flame throwers.

USA Today Full Review
Average The screenplay by Karl Gajdusek succeeds in devising enough dialogue to last 90 minutes in what increasingly seems like an exercise in overacting.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 35 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
8
Fairly High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
3
About 50/50
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
8
About 50/50
50%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
10
Fairly Low
80%
30+Adults (M)
4
Fairly High
100%
30+Adults (F)
2
Low
50%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 35 moviegoers:
TEENS:These are good, but not great, reviews from the males and fairly good reviews from the females. Nearly everyone enjoyed it, at least to some degree, but few loved it.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:Disappointing reviews from both the males and females. Half the guys enjoyed it very much but the rest of the reviews are low to very low. Only about a third of the females really enjoyed it. Over half only rated it as good/average, which is a bit disappointing, especially considering some rated it very low.
ADULTS:The four males rated it above average, which indicates a movie they enjoyed very much but didn't love. The two females rated it below average, which is obviously not good.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Columbia University paleontologist Dr. Kate Lloyd (MARY ELIZABETH WINSTEAD) has left behind the safety of her sterile laboratory and traveled to this desolate region for the expedition of her lifetime. Joining a Norwegian research team led by Edvard Wolner (TROND ESPEN SEIM) that has stumbled across a creature buried in the ice, Kate, along with fellow explorers Dr. Sander Halvorson (ULRICH THOMSEN) and Adam ( ERIC CHRISTIAN OLSEN), discovers an organism that seems to have died in the ice eons ago.

When a simple experiment near this outpost frees the thing from its frozen prison, Kate must join the pilot, Carter (JOEL EDGERTON), and his sidekick, Jameson (ADEWALE AKINNUOYE-AGBAJE), to keep it from killing everyone and anything it encounters. And in this vast, intense land, a parasite suddenly mimics anything it touches…pitting human against human as it fights to survive and flourish.

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