Entries in The Thing (3)


'Real Steel' Edges 'Footloose' for Top Spot at the Box Office

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- The Hugh Jackman robot boxing flick Real Steel earned an estimated $16.3 million over the weekend to edge out the Footloose remake, which opened in the runner-up spot, with $16.1 million.

The horror prequel The Thing debuted in third place, collecting $8.7 million. The Steve Martin-Jack Black-Owen Wilson comedy The Big Year was a big flop, finishing in ninth place, with $3.3 million.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales:

1. Real Steel, $16.3 million.
2. Footloose, $16.1 million.
3. The Thing, $8.7 million.
4. The Ides of March, $7.5 million.
5. Dolphin Tale, $6.3 million.
6. Moneyball, $5.5 million.
7. 50/50, $4.3 million.
8. Courageous, $3.4 million.
9. The Big Year, $3.3 million.
10. The Lion King, $2.7 million.

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'Footloose,' 'The Big Year,' 'The Thing' Open Friday

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide on Friday:

--  Footloose: In the remake of the 1984 film, newcomer Kenny Wormald fills Kevin Bacon's old role of Ren, who moves to a small town and rebels against a law that prohibits dancing.  Julianne Hough and Dennis Quaid also star.  Rated PG-13.  [Click here to read a review]

-- The Big Year: Steve Martin, Owen Wilson and Jack Black play rivals in a contest to count more species of birds in North America than anyone else.  Rated PG.

-- The Thing: The prequel to the 1982 flick of the same name revives the vicious titular creature, which wreaks havoc on researchers on Antarctica.  Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Joel Edgerton star.  Rated R.  [Click here to read a review]

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Movie Review: ‘The Thing’

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Imagine being a young, attractive paleontologist in 1982, when a famous Norwegian scientist walks into your lab and asks for your help, leaving you only moments to decide whether to leave everything behind and travel to Antarctica -- all without knowing with what, exactly, the scientist needs your help. That's exactly the situation in which Mary Elizabeth Winstead's Kate finds herself at the start of The Thing, a prequel to John Carpenter's 1982 cult classic.
Frankly, there's no better way to ask an audience to suspend its disbelief over such a stupid and unbelievable scenario.  And even so, it's partly effective simply because Thule Base in Antarctica has such an air of authenticity, as do the characters we meet there.
Once in Antarctica, scientist Sander Halverson reveals to Kate the reason she's there. They’ve discovered an alien in a block of ice believed to be 100,000 years old.  So naturally, they stick the block of ice in a blender and make delicious alien coladas!
Wishful thinking. Instead, they take the alien back to the base, where:
-- it escapes the block of ice;
-- kills the resident dog;
-- ingests one of the men stationed at the base;
-- then meets its untimely demise via the business end of a flamethrower.
However, if you've seen the John Carpenter version of The Thing, you already know the alien has the ability to replicate its victims -- which means ...
Anybody on the base could be the alien!
Now, if the residents of Thule Base had a sense of humor, trying to figure out who the alien is could've easily translated into the greatest drinking game ever ("Are you the alien? No? Guess it's time to take another shot!”). Instead, things get a little more tense, which is when The Thing is at its best. Until the final 20 minutes, that is, when it degenerates into every other sci-fi horror movie you've ever seen.
Director Matthijs van Heijningen's inconsistent pacing and Hollywood blockbuster-eque finale is confounding, but his ability to present the psychological drama and paranoia of the players is the real strength of The Thing, enough to occasionally cause heart palpitations.  

Three out of five stars.

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