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Rated R · 103 min. · 2011

Horror, SciFi/Fantasy

Considering it pits its heroine against a ravenous space alien whose man-eating orifice resembles a vagina dentata, you'd be forgiven for believing The Thing actually contains a thing or two to think about. Or at the very least, something to differentiate itself from John Carpenter's 1982 The Thing. The 1982 movie, made during the height of Carpenter's career, benefited from the director's then-deft suspenseful touch, a terrific cast, Ennio Morricone's score and Rob Bottin's cringe-inducing makeup effects. This pointless new film, purportedly a prequel, features direction by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. that's as cold as its Antarctic setting, as well as unremarkable actors and a soundtrack that's forgettable except when it incorporates Morricone's pulsating bass chords. Moreover, gooey prosthetics are replaced by computer effects that, while competent, lack any tactile ickiness.
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Director: Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.
Writer: John W. Campbell Jr. and Eric Heisserer
Cast: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Eric Christian Olsen, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Joel Edgerton, Ulrich Thomsen, Kim Bubbs, Jonathan Walker, Stig Henrik Hoff, Trond Espen Seim and Jørgen Langhelle


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