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Running Time 103 min
Release Date Oct 14, 2011
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The Thing

Paleontologist Kate Lloyd has traveled to the desolate region for the expedition of her lifetime. Joining a Norwegian scientific team that has stumbled across an extraterrestrial ship buried in the ice, she discovers an organism that seems to have died in the crash eons ago. But it is about to wake up. When a simple experiment frees the alien from its frozen prison, Kate must join the crew's pilot, Carter, to keep it from killing them off one at a time. And in this vast, intense land, a parasite… Show more

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Oct. 14, 2011 - Boston.com - Tom Russo, Globe Correspondent

The producers of the sci-fi fright flick “The Thing’’ have said that respect compelled them to forgo a straight remake of the 1982 John Carpenter movie of the same name, and instead frame their story as a prequel. Or, as Internet wags note, a prequel to a remake of an adaptation of a novella. (Carpenter’s film, starring Kurt Russell, actually traces back to the 1951 James Arness creature feature, “The Thing From Another World,’’ and a 1938 pulp yarn.) You half wonder if the filmmakers also went this route to avoid the tag “slavish remake.’’ After all, you never hear the term “slavish prequel’’ tossed around - although now you might.

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