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"THE THING"
(2011) (Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton) (R)


Alcohol/Drugs Mild
Blood/Gross Stuff Extreme
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Heavy
Frightening/Tense Scenes Extreme
Gun/Weapons Extreme
Imitative Behavior Moderate
Jump Scenes Heavy
Music (Scary/Tense) Extreme
Music (Inappropriate) None
Profanity Extreme
Sex/Nudity Moderate
Smoking Minor
Tense Family Scenes None
Topics to Talk About Moderate
Violence Extreme


QUICK TAKE:
Sci-Fi/Horror: A small group of researchers and scientists must contend with the discovery of a frozen extraterrestrial at a remote Antarctic outpost and what then happens once it thaws and escapes.
PLOT:
Kate Lloyd (MARY ELIZABETH WINSTEAD) is a paleontologist who's been asked by scientist Dr. Sander Halvorson (ULRICH THOMSEN) and his assistant, Adam Goodman (ERIC CHRISTIAN OLSEN), to travel with them to a remote Antarctica outpost where geologist Edvard Wolner (TROND ESPEN SEIM) and his crew have made a startling discovery long-buried under the ice and snow. When they arrive -- courtesy of helicopter transport provided by pilots Braxton Carter (JOEL EDGERTON), Jameson (ADEWALE AKINNUOYE-AGBAJE) and crewmember Griggs (PAUL BRAUNSTEIN) -- they discover that an alien spacecraft was found.

Even more exciting is the fact that an extraterrestrial from that craft has also been found intact, frozen solid in a block of ice. As they along with French scientist Juliette (KIM BUBBS), Norwegian workers Lars (JORGEN LANGHELLE), Peder (STIG HENRIK HOFF) and others watch, Halvorson orders a tissue sample be taken from the creature. With that in hand, the crew celebrates that night, unaware that the block of ice is melting.

All of which allows the alien to thaw out and escape, a bad development since it has a taste for human flesh. To make matters worse, it absorbs its prey in a near perfect cloning process, thus allowing it to infiltrate the unaware group, waiting to attack its next victim. Once Kate and the others realize this, they become suspicious of the others, with the belief that they can't let this thing escape the outpost and possibly infect and kill the rest of the world.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
They might if they're into R-rated sci-fi and/or horror films, are fans of anyone in the cast, and/or are fans of the 1982 film of the same name.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For strong creature violence and gore, disturbing images, and language.


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