The Thing

It's not human. Yet.


The Thing
This week's third 'back to the past' also calls back the early 1980s with a prequel to John Carpenter's identically titled offering. Set in the Antarctic, a group of scientists discover a 100,000 year old spaceship with a sole occupant. Once thawed out, the occupant miraculously returns to life, and soon displays a neat trick: it can assume the shape, voice and memories of any person it touches. As a mysterious illness starts killing off the crew, they need to figure out who is human and who is not, before they all die.

102 minutes.
No persons under 18 (Language, Violence).
Detective/Mystery, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller.

Showtimes

I wonder if it is male?...
I wonder if it is male?...

Credits

Cast
Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Ulrich Thomsen, Eric Christian Olsen, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Paul Braunstein
Director
Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.
ScreenplayEric Heisserer, from a story by John W. Campbell Jr
MusicMarco Beltrami
CinematographyMichel Abramowicz
EditingPeter Boyle, Julian Clarke, Jono Griffith
Sound formatsDolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, DTS
SoundtrackAvailable
SA distributorNu Metro
Made in2011
Produced byMorgan Creek Productions, Strike Entertainment

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreHorror
LanguageModerate to strong, infrequent
NudityNone
SexNone
ViolenceStrong to very strong, bloody, nightmarish, lengthy on occasions
PrejudiceNone
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseNone
CommentsNone
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ScreenIt Report (USA)

Sex / Nudity
3
Violence
5
Blood / Gore / Gross
5
Guns / Weapons
5
Profanity
5
Alcohol / Drugs
2
Smoking
1
Disrespectful / Bad Attitude
4
Imitative Behaviour
3
Frightening / Tense Scenes
5
Jump Scenes
4
Tense Family Scenes
0
Music (Scary/Tense)
5
Music (Inappropriate)
0
Topics to talk about
3


Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Todd McCarthy quote iconMore diversity among the cast would have given the film more flavour and linguistic nuance. But it is technically solid with good effects.
10
Die Burger
Paul Boekkooi quote iconBoeglam skrik hier jou voorland.
10
Box Office
James Rocchi quote iconThis film's just a wet and sickly imitation of a fully-formed and deservedly much-loved classic.
5
ScreenIt
C. Fuchs quote iconFans of the original will be relieved that this is a prequel and thus not an actual remake of the '82 film, and they'll certainly enjoy how it ties in to that flick (especially its ending to the earlier film's beginning). For everyone else, however, and once one has gotten over the shock value of the gory visuals, the result is a fairly humdrum and less than engaging experience.
8
Metacritic.com
31 critics
10
Rottentomatoes critics
151 critics
10
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconIt serves the bare serviceable minimum for a horror flick, but The Thing is all boo-scares and a slave to the far superior John Carpenter version.
7
Movie Review Query Engine
MRQE critics quote icon
10
Movie Review Intelligence
45 critics
10

What the People say

Internet
21618 Netizens quote iconA pale imitation of Carpenter's masterpiece
13

Average .. 47%

9

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