Review coming from Contributor: Ellen Blalock
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|Featuring:||Joel Edgerton … Sam Carter
Mary Elizabeth Winstead … Kate Lloyd
Eric Christian Olsen … Adam Goodman
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje … Derek Jameson
Ulrich Thomsen … Dr. Sander Halvorson
Kim Bubbs … Juliette
|Director:||Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.|
|Producer:||Morgan Creek Productions
“It could be any of us”
Back we go to 1982 Antarctica, where the original “Thing” movie filled us with visions of an extraterrestrial alien that very graphically invaded human beings, taking over their bodies, yet retaining their human form. This prequel to the 1982 version backs us up a bit in time to give a little more story as to how the creature was first let loose to begin its rampage.
The action begins when a group of Norwegian outpost researchers traveling in a snow bus fall through some ice, discovering a spaceship and an alien specimen frozen in ice. Dr. Sander Halvorson (Ulrich Thomsen—“The Celebration,” “Adam’s Apples,” “Hitman”) believes he and his team has discovered a significant find, and he promptly sends for and enlists the help of Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead—“Final Destination 3” “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” “Live Free or Die Hard”) a specialist in vertebrae paleontology. Kate agrees to travel to remote Antarctica to assist in the “find” that Dr. Halvorson states is 100,000 years old.
When the frozen ice block with enclosed alien is brought back to the outpost for examination, Dr. Halvorson insists, against Kate’s hesitations, to drill into the ice slowly and carefully to get a piece of the alien. The scene is suspensefully played out with close-ups of the drill and worried faces getting us ready for the creature to pop out at any minute, the perfect moment for covering our faces and peeking through our fingers. However, nothing happens until evening falls and everyone is in the “rec hall” socializing and drinking. “The Thing” in the ice block begins to melt and, of course, gets free to start its bloody rampage and battle of alien-against-humans story we are so familiar with.
As the outpost members figure out what is happening with the alien, Kate checks out the specimen removed from the alien and, under a microscope, determines that its cells take over and assimilate other cells. She then realizes that anyone might be the alien in human form and devises a method for testing and determining who is human and who is not. Does this sound familiar, ala the 1982 version? There is much distrust as Kate tests everyone and becomes the standout leader of the group, at this point heading up and directing those she trusts. Dr. Halvorson plays the scientist we all know and recognize, wanting only to salvage this “valuable” find at all costs, even human loss.
One interesting point is that, for those who have seen the 1982 version, scenes will be recognized where Kurt Russell and his team had gone to the already burned and destroyed Norwegian outpost for clues about the creature.
For instance, there is a dead twisted body of part alien and 2 parts human with 2 heads they discover and wonder about. Thus, during this 2011 version, we have an idea of what is coming, with all shown as to how this happened, with excruciating detail.
The movie is rated “R” and rightly so for its tremendously violent content. There are many scenes of bodies being “absorbed” by the alien, bodies being impaled by the alien’s tentacles, heads splitting apart, blood spurting, you name it, it’s got it. In one scene, after the creature has been stopped halfway through absorbing one of the humans by burning it, there is a detailed autopsy scene with close-ups shown of the human’s terrified face and all the gory elements imaginable.
Bad language also abounds. The “f” word is used often, as well as sh*t, h*ll, d*mn, g*d-d*mn, fricking, screw you, and SOB. Jesus, Jesus Christ and God is used, for God’s sake once, and “Oh my God” a few times, mainly in times of stress.
There is absolutely no sexual content that I caught or perceived. Even though there are only 2 women at the outpost with quite a number of men, there is nothing untoward that happens.
Heavy drinking is shown during the “rec hall” scene, but there was more drinking and drug use during the 1982 version.
To me, this movie had a lot of elements of other movies I have previously seen and did not give me anything to come away with. Being a fan of the first 2 “Alien” movies, the female lead Sigourney Weaver was believable, to me, because she acted strongly and obtained my confidence in her ability to stand up to the alien. Even though Kate had the worried expressions down in this movie, she just didn’t give me that feeling of strength needed to outlast the alien. None of the men were memorable and not a lot of character depth explored to help us cheer for anyone.
In trying to find a spiritual aspect to this film, there again nothing stands out, other than the “Oh, my God” uttered in horror. I guess one might say that, in the end, whether we believe or not, it’s hard not to cry out to Someone higher than ourselves to help us:
There is nothing new, thought-provoking, or special about this movie, other than if you are a fan of the 1982 version—then the comparisons and prequel storyline might interest you.
Violence: Extreme / Profanity: Heavy / Sex/Nudity: Minor
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