The Thing

Release date: 2 December 2011
Running time:
103 mins
Matthijs van Heijningen Jr
Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Ulrich Thomsen

Palaeontologist Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) fulfils the dream of a lifetime when she joins a Norwegian scientific team in the remote Antarctic. They've made an amazing discovery - a creature from another world frozen in the ice.

When research team leader Dr. Sander Halvorson (Ulrich Thomsen) takes a tissue sample from the alien against Kate's advice, he unleashes a fearsome foe with astonishing powers. But how can you defeat a malevolent opponent that mimics everyone it devours?

This isn't a reworking of John Carpenter's brilliant 1982 film of the same title (itself inspired by a 1950s classic) - It's actually a clever prequel revealing what happened in the days before the events of Carpenter's movie. Mary Elizabeth Winstead makes a memorable heroine in the mould of Sigourney Weaver's Ripley from the 'Alien' series.

Screenplay: Eric Heisserer   Distributor: Universal

You should see it because: This edgy chiller marks a welcome return for one of cinema's most sinister creatures.

See it if you liked: The Thing (1982), Dawn of The Dead (2004), The Invasion (2007)

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