Genre: Horror

Director: Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.

Stars: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton

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Classic sci-fi thriller The Thing gets its first makeover in nearly 30 years in this updated prequel about a replicating alien killing off stranded scientists in remote Antarctica.

While the film delivers serviceable respect to John Carpenter’s 1982 version with exemplary use of scenery, effects and a strong lead in Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Final Destination 3), the outcome is relatively predictable and the plot points somewhat transparent.

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