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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Joel Edgerton
Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Eric Christian Olsen
Ulrich Thomsen
Directors
Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.
Screenwriters
Eric Heisserer
Ronald D. Moore
Running Time
103 minutes

The Thing
Or In Kingston Jamaica, The Ting


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The Thing

Plot
Antarctica, 1982. Scientist Kate Lloyd (Winstead) is summoned to a Norwegian base to investigate a discovery they've made: an alien ship, buried beneath the ice for thousands of years, and its sole survivor. When it awakes, though, Kate realises it's a shapeshifting monster that won't stop until it's assimilated the entire crew...


Verdict
By no means the finessed work of a Carpenter; more an enthusiastic DIY expert who read the instructions once and reckons he can manage. Which means that the shelves are a bit wonky, but at least they'll stay in place.


Reviewed by Chris Hewitt

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