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The Thing

Rated R 103 minutes 2011

This purports to be a prequel to John Carpenter's beloved sci-fi horror film (itself a reworking of the 1951 classic by Howard Hawks), though it recycles so much from Carpenter that it can only be labeled an imitation. It's sincere in that regard, particularly in its claustrophobic widescreen framing and creatively icky special effects. But director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr., a veteran of TV commercials, fails to replicate Carpenter's blue-collar humor or carefully modulated suspense. The largely forgettable cast includes Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Joel Edgerton. In English and subtitled Norwegian.

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Director: Matthijs van Heijningen

Producer: Marc Abraham, Eric Newman, J. Miles Dale, David Foster, Lawrence Turman and Gabrielle Neimand

Cast: Mary Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Trond Seim, Ulrich Thomsen, Eric Olsen, Jorgen Langhelle, Jan Roise, Stig Henrik Hoff, Kristofer Hivju, Paul Braunstein, Kim Bubbs, Jonathan Walker, Jo Haavind and Carsten Bjornlund


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