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The Thing

Said to be the prequel to the John Carpenter`s 1982 original, this sci-fi movie will take place before the events in that film, with the crew who first discovered the alien. At an Antarctica exploration location, the sighting of an alien craft which leads to hostility between graduate student Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and scientist Dr. Sander Halvorson (Ulrich Thomsen). While Dr. Halvorson keeps to his own research, Kate partners with Sam Carter (Joel Edgerton), a helicopter pilot, to chase after the alien life form.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: NC16
Release Date: 13 Oct 2011
Genre: Thriller / Science Fiction / Horror / Mystery
Running Time: 1 Hour 42 Minutes
Distributor: UNITED INTERNATIONAL PICTURES
Cast: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Ulrich Thomsen
Director: Matthijs van Heijningen Jr
Format: NA

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Writer: Lester Gan Wai Lun

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Watch this if you liked: "The Thing" (1982), "Alien vs. Predator", "30 Days Of Night"

Advertised as a prequel to John Carpenter's 1982 horror classic "The Thing", this film fools no one as it plays out on the big screen, it is undoubtedly a "remake". It progresses the same way the original did, down to the very sequence in how each of them dies and how they died. The only difference however would be the name of the characters, but even so, they pretty much played the same role as the original film.

This adaptation is about a paleontologist named Kate (played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead), who is selected by the Norwegians for a trip to Antarctica to uncover something bizarre they found in the ice. It turns out that the bizarre "thing" is an alien life form, which eventually breaks free from the ice and starts killing them. It has the ability to imitate the life forms around it, and by doing so, picks out its victims one by one causing suspicions among the crew.

Categorizing itself under the horror genre, this film was a disappointment. The scare level was close to non-existent, relying mainly on cheap thrills and sometimes eye-catching CGI creatures. None of the cast members had great performances; if there were a film these actors would be remembered for, sadly, this would not be the one.

All in all, call it what you want, this film was not the prequel, but essentially a remake. And it wasn't a very good one at that, failing to introduce new elements to help us better understand the story.

Newcomer director, Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. may have butchered the film for fans of the original, but for those who have not watched the 1982 version; this one is practically no different.

Cinema Online, 17 October 2011
   
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Classification
Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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