New Releases: The Thing – (2011)

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New Releases: The Thing - (2011) Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Release Date: 2012-01-31 Duration: 10...

New Releases: The Thing – (2011)

New Releases: The Thing - (2011)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller,
Release Date: 2012-01-31
Duration: 103 Min

  • Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.

Antartica, 1982. Three Norwegian scientists are in a snow cat are following a signal. They stop suddenly, and after a few moments, a crack in the snow/ice causes the snow cat to fall into a fissure in the ice and gets wedged. The lights from the snow cat are pointed down into the fissure and reveal a spaceship.

Sander, a Norwegian scientist, visits an American Paleontologist, named Kate, and tells her that they have discovered a structure and an organism and convinces her to come to Antartica.

Kate and her colleague, Adam, fly in a helicopter to the Norwegian camp in Antarctica piloted by Americans Carter and Jameson. They get to camp and meet the other Norwegians including Edvard who is in charge of the camp and Lars, a mechanic who is the only one that doesn’t speak any English and has an Alaskan Malamute.

Upon arrival, Kate and Adam and the Norwegians get into a snow cat and go to the site where we see a full view of the top of the ship in the ice. Some distance from the ship, they show Kate the strange-looking organism encased in ice. Back at camp they discuss the removal of the organism.

The organism is removed and is in a wooden room back at the camp still encased in the ice block. Sander tells the team that he wants to take a tissue sample first which Kate objects to as they need to do sterilization and take other precautionary measures. He tells her not to question him again in front of the others. They drill a hole into the ice and remove a frozen flesh sample from the organism and place it in a petri dish.

Later, in the camp’s rec room, the entire team is partying and realize the discovery they have made: aliens. Meanwhile, the ice block is beginning to melt. While everyone is partying, a shot cuts to the Alaskan malamute in its cage and it’s barking and trying to get out. Jameson comes out of the bathroom and goes into the room with the ice block. Lars scares him by yelling ‘boo’ from behind and then Lars leaves. All of a sudden, the unseen Thing breaks out of the ice and jumps through the ceiling. Jameson runs back to the rec room and tells the others the Thing is alive and escaped. They all go to the room and see the ice block with the hole that the Thing left from escaping. Sander instructs the teams to divide into twos and threes and to search for the Thing. One pair goes to the dog’s kennel and finds a big hole in the wall with a lot of blood and some fur.

Two Norwegians, Henrik and Olav, see the Thing under one of the buildings. Seen for the first time, the Thing resembles a large beatle in which it is slimy, has multi crab-like legs as well as a large mouth with giant teeth and tentacles. One of the tentacles shoots out and goes through Henrik’s chest, splattering blood on Olav’s face. The Thing then pulls Henrik back under the building and starts to eat him. Olav screams and they all come running. They start to shoot at the Thing with their rifles with little effect in which the Thing jumps inside the building it was under and starts to climb up it. The team douses it with kerosine and sets it afire. The Thing, with Henrik still hanging halfway out of its mouth, falls to the ground dead.

The team goes back inside, and all are in a daze. Olav is being treated and looks very ill. Juliette, the only other female on the Norwegian team, is consoled by one of the men. Carter tells the team that he will take Olav back to civilization in the morning as he needs medical help. Sander then tells the team that although Henrik has died, they are still scientists, and this may be their only chance to study the Thing. He has the burned remains of the Thing brought back inside. They autopsy the Thing, and inside they see the upper half of Henrik’s body, and Kate comments that his skin looks almost new. Kate then pulls out a metal piece and asks what it is. Henrik’s colleagues tell her that Henrik had an operation where the metal piece, a pacemaker, was put inside him. Kate asks, “then why was it outside of his body?” Later Kate and Adam look at the cells from the Thing under a microscope. Not only are the cells still alive but they are overtaking Henrik’s cells and then replicating them.

The next morning, as Carter and Jameson prepare the helicopter, Kate is in the bathroom. She sees something bloody on the floor and picks them up with a napkin. It is four bloody, silver fillings. She then looks in the shower and sees a lot of blood, but no body. Olav and another Norwegian, Griggs, get into the helicopter with Carter and Jameson and the four take off. Kate runs outside to stop them. Carter sees her flagging them down and decides to land. Olav asks if anything is wrong, as he looks terrible. Griggs assures him everything is OK and then Griggs’ face splits in half. Griggs has been replicated, and he attacks Olav. Kate and Sander watch as the helicopter goes out of control and crashes behind the mountain apparently killing all four of them. Sander asks her why she tried to stop them.

Back inside, the team is all together, and Kate explains she found silver fillings in the bathroom. She tells them about the cells replicating and that her theory is that the Thing is able to replicate any organism perfectly. However, it cannot replicate inorganic matter such as metal teeth fillings and the metal piece inside Henrik. So, it spits those out. No one wants to believe her, and they decide to have a few of the team take the snow cat to go get help at a nearby Russian camp. Juliette stays behind with Kate and tells her that she saw Colins, another team member, with a rag coming from the bathroom. Kate tells her that they need to stop the team from leaving, and Juliette says she knows where the keys are to the snow cats.

They go into a room and as Kate searches in a drawer for the keys she hears a slimy noise from behind. It is Juliette splitting in half. The Juliette- Thing tries to attack her, but Kate runs out of the room, down the hall, and passes another Norwegian and tells him to run. He doesn’t, and the Juliette-Thing stabs him with a tentacle. Kate shuts the door to the hallway, and Adam and Lars arrive. Lars has a flame thrower pack. They open the door and Lars blasts Juliette-Thing and the other Norwegian with fire.

The team gathers around, and Kate tells them the Thing is like a virus. Apparenly, anyone who gets blood or part of the Thing’s cells onto them becomes taken over. She asks Adam what they should do about viruses. Adam says “Quarantine” and that they isolate it and then destroy it. They decide to do a blood test to determine who is the Thing. Adam and Sander work in the lab while Lars and Kate dismantle all the snow cats. Lars shows Kate a stash of grenades. As they head back, they see part of the camp on fire and it is the lab. They then see two people approaching from the distance. It is Jameson and Carter. Everyone thinks they must be Thing replicas because they couldn’t have just walked away from the helicopter crash. They lock them both up.

The team starts to accuse one another, and Kate says she knows another test. She gets a flashlight and tells Lars to open his mouth. We see that he has fillings in his teeth. She explains to the team that the Thing replicas would not have fillings. Everyone is eliminated as a suspect except for Sander, Edvard, Colins, and Adam who do not have any fillings in their theeth. These four are held at gunpoint while Kate tells Lars to go get Jameson and Carter. Lars and another Norwegian, Jonas, go to the building holding Jameson and Carter, but they aren’t there. They have escaped through a hole in the floor. Lars goes to search after them and runs into a building and gets grabbed inside. Jonas runs back to the others to tell them that Carter and Jameson have killed Lars.

Carter and Jameson (who is armed with a flame thrower) come into the building, and they have a stand off with Peder. The rest of the team hide behind Peder. Edvard yells at Peder to kill Carter and Jameson. Just before Peder blasts them with his flame thrower, Jameson shoots Peder in the head with a gun but also hits the flame thrower tank and gas pours out. The gas reaches the flame on the end of the flame thrower and explodes. Edvard is thrown down severly wounded by the blast. This gives Carter and Jameson the upper hand as they have all the weapons. They get everyone to go into the rec room, and two of the Norwegians carry Edvard.

Once in the room, Edvard’s arms fall off and a tentacle shoots out from his stomach. One of his arms attacks Jonas and the tentacle stabs Adam. The tentacle then stabs Jameson. The Edvard-Thing crawls over to Adam and starts to meld with him causing their faces to attach. Kate tries to blast the Edvard/Adam Thing with the flame thrower, but it escapes outside and falls down in the snow. She blasts Jonas who is getting assimulated with the Edvard severed arm. Carter sits with Jameson until Jameson dies. Carter moves aside, so Kate can blast the dead Jameson with the flame thrower. Among all this chaos, Collins flees into the compound.

Kate and Carter hunt for the Thing. Meanwhile, Sander is hiding behind a desk, but the Thing finds him and attacks him. Carter and Kate split up, and the Thing follows Carter into the kitchen. Just before it attacks Carter, Kate blasts it with the flame thrower. They see the Sander Thing escape in a snow cat. Carter tells Kate to let him go, that he’ll freeze, and he has nowhere to go. Kate says that he does have somewhere to go: the ship on the coast.

Kate and Carter get into the other snow cat and head towards the ship. As they get out, Kate focuses on the earring in Carter’s left ear. Carter also tells her that they didn’t kill Lars. They walk towards an open hatch in the ship, but the ship activates and Kate falls through a hole into the ship. Carter enters through the hatch. Kate gets to a point in the ship that looks like the energy source (it looks like a bunch of pixels). Behind her is the Sander Thing and he chases her into a tunnel. Kate grabs a grenade as the Thing pulls her out of the tunnel. She throws the grenade into the Thing’s mouth, which blows up, and destroys it and the ship’s energy source.

Back at the snow cat, Carter gets in and tells Kate to put the flame thrower in the back. She stays outside the Cat and tells Carter “You know how I knew you were human back at the camp? Your earring”. Carter has no earring now. He reaches up and tugs at his right ear. Kate says “It was the other ear” and she douses him with the flame thrower. She gets into the other cat (that the Sander Thing had used) and rides away.

In between the end credits, he cut back to a helicopter landing at the camp. A dead, frozen Colins sits at the radio. He has slit his own throat. The Norwegian helicopter pilot yells out if anyone is around, and a gun shoots at him. It’s Lars, the only one left behind and not infected. Then the Alaskan Malamute jumps out, and Lars tries to shoot the dog. The dog runs off. Lars yells at the helicopter pilot that it’s no dog and to get into the helicopter.

Lars and the other Norwegian pilot chase and shoot at the dog from the helicopter, and it’s the same opening scene from the 1982 version of The Thing.


Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Joel Edgerton

Ulrich Thomsen

Eric Christian Olsen


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3 responses to “New Releases: The Thing – (2011)”

  1. D. Doppes says:
    26 of 33 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Do you really think thats a good idea??, November 15, 2011
    D. Doppes (USA) – (REAL NAME)

    This review is from: The Thing (2011) (Two-Disc Combo Pack: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet) (Blu-ray)

    Thats one of the early lines in the film from Kate, it could also be asked about making a prequel to the much loved ’82 classic. Just like in the movie, my answer is “yes I do”. Making a film this many years after a classic and trying to make the story before that movie is challenging. When watching The Thing from ’82 you had to wonder about the Norwegians and the back story, thats why this film is interesting. I went into the film with an open mind. It surprised me in the amount of detail. They really tried to match this up with the prior film as best they could. With the age gap between the films, I think they did a great job. Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays Kate a paleontologist, brought to Antartica to help in bringing a frozen “thing” out of the ice. She starts out observing and asking questions while Dr. Halvorson conducts his analysis of the specimen. As the story unfolds however, its Kate that uses her head and leads the group. The question throughout the film is- who is human? Nobody is who they seem all the way til the end. And some people you think aren’t human, turn out to be only to be different later. The effects and cgi are executed very well here. The examination of a consumed human within a thing is creepy. They even have to cut through a casing around the human- sick stuff. The star of the movie is definately Winstead, although the cast is collectively good. The casting was very good for a film that mixes characters from different countries. One of the best scenes in the movie is when the group gathers for a test to see who is human. This is where Winstead is at her best. Great work here. And the best weapon against these things is THE FLAMETHROWER! Great action throughout the movie- you won’t be disappointed. Theres even some time spent in the craft these visitors came to Antartica in. And you’ll get that feeling of isolation and fear that the ’82 movie was effective at. Not to mention not everyone speaks English which adds another dimension. What could be worse than being in the freezing cold, thousands of miles from civilization and not knowing if the person next to you is human? The movie doesn’t end with the credits. Most the people at the theater left at this time. But there is a bridging of this film straight into the ’82 film. The dog being chased by the helicopter is here. “Thats no dog!”Some production notes that I thought were interesting. There was a million screen captures of the ’82 film on a lap top. That was used to create as close as possible, the Norwegian camp. The film used practical effects as much as possible over CGI. The movie was shot in Toronto. The lead character of Kate was inspired by the Aliens films, which you feel a little watching the film. John Carpenter wanted to make an appearance in the film, but this didn’t happen because of scheduling. 4 1/2 stars

  2. mattrattler says:
    8 of 10 people found the following review helpful:
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Many THINGS to consider…, December 12, 2011
    mattrattler (Iowa) –

    This review is from: The Thing (2011) (Two-Disc Combo Pack: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet) (Blu-ray)

    The reviews were very interesting and there are some good points. I’ll start by saying I was only 12 when I saw “John Carpenter’s The Thing” in the theater. Obviously it made a huge impression (through slightly closed fingers). I was at that point already a HUGE horror/sci-fi movie fan and even at 12 LOVED the original 1951 “The Thing From Another World”. I still love the old B/W movies and it’s too bad more people don’t appreciate that. With that said movies need to advance…Lord of the Rings, Jurrasic Park…great CGI. Now if you are a true Fan of JC’s version of “The Thing”, you will know two main thngs: 1.) This is a pretty faithful version of the short story ALL of them are based on, John W. Campbell, Jr. “Who Goes There?” The original 1951 (although awesome) was not. Keep in mind, JC did a wonderful job giving a nod to the 1951 movie. Not to mention featuring it as the movie the kids are watching in “Halloween”. 2.) You will have seen the extensive behind the scenes featrues on the Collector’s Version DVD versions and know it was like the stars aligned and the circumstances worked very well to create an almost once in a lifetime movie. Now with that said, the cast, acting, direction, mood of the movie, etc was still executed at a phenominal level. I am 41 now and was interested to hear about the prequel. That is the intension of this movie. Although as many pointed out, there are a great number of parallel comparisons to how the characters are and how the storyline is. I was always interested to see what SPECIFICALLY happened at the Norweigan camp and the general backstory. So here is a quick rundown of why I think this movie is OK.Positive 1.) The detail to reverse engineer from JC’s The Thing is impressive and is fun to match up. 2.) It provides a fun story and the acting by most is OK. 3.) I never expected this to be better than either the 1951 or 1982 versions so my expectations were low. Negative 1.) They should have used more tension and carefully selected when and how to show “The Thing”. 2.) It’s too bad they really did overdo it on CGI. This is a case where a mix could have gone a long way. 3.) I wanted to see “The Thing” in a few more original, case-by-case forms, but they kinda stuf with a general idea. 4.) It is basically a quick add on to tell a little more on a great story. It’s still kinda fun. Especially the “credit’s scenes”. Now given the general story line, I suppose “The Thing” would look and act differently the first shot out of the ice compared to having already battled a group of humans and how it learned to be more careful. Sooooo, I’m interested to get the DVD, listen to the featrues and watch it a few times with “fresh eyes” and see what I think. I still think the general idea was “make alien go fast”!The Thing From Another World is a genuine classic. John Carpenter’s The Thing is a masterpiece. The Thing 2011 is fun and they do try and pay respect in their own way. They just didn’t (or “couldn’t”)go ALL the way. If nothing else, the newest version will definetly make people want to watch the John Carpenter version and if they haven’t seen it, they’re in for a real treat. I suppose that’s all you need to know.

  3. Liam says:
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Im Shocked!, December 23, 2011

    This review is from: The Thing (2011) (Two-Disc Combo Pack: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet) (Blu-ray)

    Okay, we all know Carpenters “the thing” was an iconic horror that will go down in history forever, and therefore of course i was concerned when i discovered a new film would be coming out. After some negative feedback i nearly choose to stay away from the film, but im actually very glad i didn’t. This film is NOT a remake, it is a PREQUEL, so all you die hard Carpenter fans needn’t worry that this film has destroyed the original. Is it as good at the first film, of course not, but it was never going to be, and it wasn’t trying to be. What it is, is an entertaining, well written, well directed, well acted film with excellent action sequences and tense scenes. Granted, CGI is used one to many times, but its good CGI and it was very unlikely the film (which bare in mind is made in 2011, where CGI has been pretty much perfected) wasn’t going to use it. Winstead played a strong lead and was very good throughout the film. This year has saw the release of many poor horror films, this is easily one of the best ones.

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