The Thing (2011)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 30 mins

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Paleontologist Kate Lloyd is invited by Dr. Sandor Halvorson to join his team who have found something extraordinary. Deep below the Arctic ice, they have found an alien spacecraft that has been there for perhaps 100,000 years. Not far from where the craft landed, they find the remains of the occupant. It's cut out of the ice and taken back to their camp but as the ice melts, the creature reanimates and not only begins to attack them but manages to infect them, with team members devolving into the alien creature.
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Cast: Joel Edgerton, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ulrich Thomsen

Crew: Matthijs Van Heijningen Jr (Director), Michel Abramowicz (Director of Photography), Marco Beltrami (Music Director)

Rating: U/A (India)

Genres: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Release Dates: 14 Oct 2011 (India)

Tagline: It's not human. Yet.

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Did you know? An enormous amount of screen shots from the first movie were kept on the set while filming at all times, in order to ensure that the Norwegian station would be rebuilt to the smallest details. Read More
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as Sam Carter
as Kate Lloyd
as Dr. Sander Halvorson
as Adam Finch
as Henrik
as Juliette
as Jonas
as Security Guard
as Griggs
as Peder
as Edvard Wolner

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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
English
Colour Info:
Color
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
Taglines:
It's not human. Yet.
In a place where there is nothing, they found something.
Goofs:
Continuity
Near the beginning when flying to the Antarctic base, Dr. Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) is shown flying in a helicopter without hearing protection or headphones (one of the characters motions her to put them on so they can converse). Flying in a cargo helicopter is painfully loud (120db or higher) and there is no way that anybody could fly in one for hours without protecting their hearing. In fact, it's mandatory on the majority of flights

Continuity
Jameson's skiing cap changes position on his head in many shots. Most noticeably when he enters the room where the thing is initially kept.

Continuity
When Carter and Jameson takes over and orders the others to pick up Edvard who is passed out on the floor, the flame thrower Carter is carrying is lit, then unlit, then lit again.

Factual Mistake
When Lars is guarding the helicopter pilots, he yells at them a line in Norwegian which the subtitles mistranslate as, "Don't move, demons". An accurate translation of the line would be, "Take it fucking easy".
Trivia:
The red axe that "Joel Edgerton" uses and eventually sticks into the wall can be seen still stuck in the wall when the Americans visit the Norwegian camp in the original John Carpenter version.

The producers convinced Universal Studios to allow them to create a prequel to John Carpenter's The Thing (1982) instead of a remake, as they felt Carpenter's film was already perfect, so making a remake would be like "painting a mustache on the Mona Lisa". However, the prequel still has the title of the original film, because they couldn't think of a subtitle (for example, "The Thing: Begins") that sounded good.

An enormous amount of screen shots from the first movie were kept on the set while filming at all times, in order to ensure that the Norwegian station would be rebuilt to the smallest details.

The filmmakers used Kurt Russell's height as a guesstimate to how big the sets would have to be to faithfully recreate the Norwegian camp as no blueprints existed from the John Carpenter movie.

John Carpenter, the director of the 1982 remake The Thing (1982), was enthusiastic about making a cameo appearance, but scheduling conflicts prevented him from making one.

The first draft of the screenplay was written by Ronald D. Moore in 2009, though Universal then opted to have the screenplay rewritten by Eric Heisserer. However, in 2013 Moore became a co-producer and writer on the series Helix (2014) which features an extremely similar premise (a team of scientists at a remote Arctic research base combating a lethal alien virus-like organism that horrifically mutates humans and could wipe out humanity if it spread).

The song Kate is listening to on her headphones is "Who Can It Be Now?", a song by Australian band Men at Work from their 1981 debut album, "Business as Usual". The lyrics tell of a paranoid man who hears knocking at his house door and wishes to be left in solitude. This foreshadows the paranoia of the scientists later in the film.

The scene where Sander and Finch recruit Kate to come to Antartica is the only scene in this film or in John Carpenter's film that doesn't take place in Antarctica.

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 (1979) film series.

This is a prequel to a remake of an adaptation of the novella "Who Goes There?" by John W. Campbell Jr., published in 1938.

When Carter and Jameson return to the camp, they stumble past a funny signpost full of city names and their distances. One of the cities that can be clearly read is Amsterdam, which is where director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. is from.

When we first meet Kate Lloyd she is studying a thawing cave bear (ursus spelaeus).