The Thing


At an Antarctica research site, the discovery of an alien craft leads to a confrontation between graduate student Kate Lloyd and scientist Dr. Sander Halvorson.

IMDb – 64%

RottenTomatoes – 35%

Let me start off by saying that “horror” movies, if people wish to call them that, are my least favorite kind of movie ever. I never find them horrifying or scary, and usually the production is absolutely terrible. But 2012 is a new year and I want to give these movies a chance. I’ll be honest, I’m only watching this movie because Mary Elizabeth Winstead [Live Free or Die Hard, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World] is in it, and I want to marry her. Or do other things to her, but let’s not get into that.

Read the rest of my review after the break.

We open in an undisclosed area in Antarctica, where a small research team stumbles upon, and into, a deep icy cavern. At the bottom of this cavern lies the source of the strange signal that they were searching for. We are then introduced to Kate Lloyd, a graduate student working in her lab who is visited by scientist Dr. Sander Halvorson [Urlich Thomsen] and his research assistant Sam Carter [Eric Christian Olsen]. Dr. Halvorson asks Kate to come along with her on this new and exciting research opportunity, the find in Antarctica. Joel Edgarton [Warrior] stars as another party member.

Once there, they are introduced to the find. A large alien ship that crash landed into a glacier many thousands of years ago. And the bigger find, is a survivor of the crash, frozen into the ice nearby. They take a tissue sample of the creature, and find it to be unlike anything they’ve ever seen before. While celebrating their discovery in the form of song and drinks, the ice block containing the creature begins to melt. And then, it breaks out. It kills one of the members, but eventually they manage to kill it. Upon inspection they find that the creature is doing something along the lines of copying the human cells it consumed. Then, things start getting [more] strange.

As you can probably guess, the younger, less educated person who actually knows what’s going on is ignored by the pompous over-educated leader. I don’t understand why this is the norm in these movies. The actual thing looks completely ridiculous once it exposes itself from its human clone form.

The people do start listening to the actual smart person after a while, and the people approach the situation in actually a reasonable manner. It only took the death of like 5 people, but at least it happened at some point in a horror movie, so that’s good to see. Usually people will blindly follow the one ignorant person to their own bloody demise, but these people seem to have a fighting chance.

But most of them still die.

Then there is the ending. You can guess what happens. The few people left manage to kill the thing in a way that should have been done 35 minutes into the movie. Surprised? Hardly.

If there is one thing you should take away from this movie and this review, it is that Mary Elizabeth Winstead is hot, and Joel Edgarton was in another movie that year, Warrior, that was one of the best movies of the year that didn’t get much recognition.

My Review

 1.5/4.0 – The Thing has a cast of characters that aren’t all completely ignorant and stupid, but that is about the only different thing this movie brings to the table. With gross looking monsters and plot-line that you can pick apart at any time, this movie wreaks of average.

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