“Hey Sweden! They’re not Swedish, Mac. They’re Norwegian.” Just after the release of this movie I checked out the buzz and it was bad, “true fans” of the “original” movie kept whining about this version. Now, after I watched the new 2011 The Thing, I can say that it’s good, really good, and definitely worth a viewing (preferably after this movie you can continue with the 1982 version). It follows in the same footsteps as the original version, with a few innovative and interesting additions. First of all, you should know that director refused to do a remake because he felt that the original is perfect (respect for that), and he was much more interested in the fate of the poor Norwegians that appear in the beginning of the 1982 version. At this point I have to say that the choice of Eric Christian Olsen who is usually in some dumb comedies was wrong, and I am so sorry that Stellan Skarsgård didn’t get a role. Everything else was great, from scenography, script, effects to acting. I feel that Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. did everything he could not to imitate the original too much and to still keep that spirit and atmosphere. And just one more thing that I would’ve loved and I will stop: they did not need to involve any Americans, I think that it would be so much cooler if only the Norwegians were in the flick, it would give it something unique, but still I understand that this is a big movie and the studios wanted an American lead. As for the Things, they are so fucking awesome, twisted and perverted in such creative ways that they resemble some Lovecraft fan wet dream. Although, they tried to do as many effects without CGI, something had to be done with it, but this isn’t a problem. Not to reveal to much but at the end of the movie there is a certain nod to the, presumably, third part of this great movie…

After a strange thing was discovered in Antarctica by his college, Dr. Sander Halvorson invites graduate student Kate Lloyd to help his crew to extract a specimen from the ice. Left with no further details about the nature of the find and faced with a very short deadline Kate decides to go. Upon their arrival, they are immediately sent to the dig site where they find something that appears to be not of this world, a giant structure and a specimen frozen in ice for 100.000 years. After a twelve-hour effort they manage to extract the specimen and haul it to their base, but they did not realize that…

Director: Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.

Cast: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Ulrich Thomsen, Eric Christian Olsen, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Carsten Bjørnlund

Fun Facts: In order to not try to compete with Kurt Russell’s portrayal of the 1982 film’s protagonist, R.J. MacReady, the character of Kate Lloyd was designed to have traits in common with the character Ellen Ripley from the Alien film series.

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IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0905372/

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