The Squeee banner with lots of pictures of things I enjoy


Currently Reading

From the Past

Films on the to-do list

  • Black Widow
  • Chimes at Midnight
  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer
  • Last Christmas
  • Remember Sunday
  • Shazam! 2
  • Spy Guys
  • Wonder Woman: 1984

The Thing (2011)

Film review: The Thing (2011), directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.

thething2011A prequel to the John Carpenter classic by the same name, The Thing takes place in frozen Antarctica in 1982, where a Norwegian team find something in the ice. An alien spaceship … and a frozen body. Dr Halvorson (Ulrich Thomsen) recruits paleontologist Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) to help investigate the thing further.

The thing is contained in a big block of ice, but later that night … it breaks out, and starts eating people, and take over their bodies … so that you can never be too sure if someone’s a homicidal alien out to get you, or a friend.

Blood, guts, screaming and gore ensue.

Also starring Joel Edgerton as Sam Carter, Eric Christian Olsen as Adam Finch, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Derek Jameson, Paul Braunstein as Griggs, Trond Espen Seim as Edvard Wolner, and Kim Bubbs as Juliette.

I’ve not seen the original film The Thing, and I am not planning to. Mr T gaev me a run-down of how it begins. It sounds like it’s the same as this, more or less: Antarctic research base, an alien parasite is introduced, which then proceeds to killing people and taking over their bodies. All the while, they’re cut off from the outside world by storms and the fact they’re in Antarctica, and there’s not much out there, aside from snow and ice.

If you’re into monster movies, this is probably a good film. It’s not a bad film, even though this is not my cup of tea. The Norwegians were actually genuinely Norwegian, thank goodness, the effects were good and the claustrophobia of being stuck in the middle of nowhere in -50°C is definitely there. Everything else is basically people trying to survive, fight for their lives, and fight with each other because WHO KNOWS WHO IS A HUMAN AND WHO HAS BEEN THINGIFIED!

It’s like that X-Files episode, Ice (1X08), and I’d pick The X-Files over this any day. Even though it’s a well-made film. It’s just that Mulder and Scully are more interesting as characters. And they lived to make eight more seasons.

Do you like screaming and people being torn apart by monsters? No? Skip this film. Like that sort of thing? Go right ahead and enjoy it. I’ll stick to my X-Files collection, thanks.

3 out of 5 helicopters.

Traxy Thornfield

A Swedish introvert residing in Robin Hood Country (Nottingham, UK) with a husband and two cats. She's an eager participant in tabletop and play-by-post roleplaying, woodworking, photography and European travel, when there's not a plague on. Might get a novel out one of these days, if she doesn't get too distracted along the way.

Leave a reply - comment is free (sort of)

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: