A team of Norwegian scientists studying the Antarctic discovers an alien ship frozen in the ice, and not far away a supposed passenger from the ship, also frozen in the ice. Thawing the creature out for further study the scientists quickly realize the creature may not only be alive, but quite adept at hiding itself and staying alive.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Kate), Joel Edgerton (Sam), Ulrich Thomsen (Halvorson), Eric Olsen (Finch), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Jameson), Paul Braunstein (Griggs), Trond Seim (Wolner), Kim Bubbs (Juliette).
This remake of the 1982 John Carpenter classic starts off where the original film started but then does an amazing job of telling the story in a way that once again ends where the original film started. Along the way we are treated to the realization that the original film was more than an isolated incident. The film does a good job of telling the same story in an updated manner while remaining simple and focused.
Acting was good from the entire cast. Winstead, Edgerton, Thomsen and the main cast did a good job of presenting at different levels. With some new names to the screen acting was surprisingly smooth and felt genuine.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were consistent with the original film and had a nice authentic feel. Physical and extensive CGI effects were also nicely done and fit the film well with a nod to the original without being excessive. Dialogue was good, as was sound and soundtrack, again with a nod to the original score.
Overall The Thing is an excellent remake well worth watching by both fans of the original and those new to the story.
With plenty of violence, gore, disturbing images, and some foul language this should be fine for older teens and above.
The Thing (2011) is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 4 out of 5
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