When Paleontologist Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) gets a chance to go to Antarctica on an expedition, she jumps at the opportunity. Once there she learns that a group of Norwegian scientist has discovered an extraterrestrial ship that has been buried beneath the ice for over a thousand years. They have also uncovered its frozen occupant and want Kate to run some test on the specimen. After taking a tissue sample of the organism, it seems to wake up the alien and it escapes from the block of ice it has long been imprisoned in. They soon discover that the alien can shape- shift and mimic any species that it comes into contact with and kills. Now Kate and the group of scientist have to try and kill the creature, which can possibly be anyone one of them. Meanwhile its killing them off one by one as it tries to find a way out of the arctic post and on to a more populated area. With no one to trust, how will they be able to discover whose normal and who has been imitated by the alien.

Now in case you were unaware of this, this movie is a prequel to the original Thing remake movie of 1982 starring Kurt Russell. The events in this movie take place in 1982, as it tells the story of the first outpost occupants who first discovered the alien space craft, as seen in the Kurt Russell version. I enjoyed that they kept it true to the events in the original version by showing the audience ever event that was uncovered in that version as it had happened. So if you’re a fan of the original, your know that this one ends with the two Norwegians going after the Siberian husky at the end of the movie, leading right up to the events of the original. This one had the alien changing a lot more than the original, but it was a little less suspenseful. Being that this was the first scientists to discover the alien, they changed the way they were able to find out who was possibly the alien, than they did with the blood test in the first one. Although this prequel was not as good as the original, it still was pretty good and also it gave the story of what happened to those original outpost occupants. Just like in the first movie this one was pretty gory and had a lot of special effects of mutations throughout the story. The movie was fast paced and didn’t have any boring moments. I gave this film 2 mutations out of 4. It kept true to the original and was worth seeing.

The movie ran 1 hour and 39 mins. It was rated R for strong creature violence and gore, disturbing images, and language. The film was directed by Matthijs Van Heijningen. It was written by Eric Heisserer, from source material from the short story “Who Goes There” by John W. Campbell. The movie was produced by Strike Entertainment. It was distributed by Universal Pictures.
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