Quick Hit: Truly one of the most soul shattering endings in all of film.
The Mist is a movie is a film that came out in 2007 (I’m stating this up front so you don’t confuse it with The Mist television show currently airing on TNT – both are based on Stephen King’s novella of the same name). When most people think of Stephen King (well, non-Constant Readers anyway), they typically think of the supernatural horror that he is most famous for. But what people miss is just how good Mr. King is at writing human monsters that coincide with his supernatural ones. You see it again and again, and The Mist is no different.
After a strange fog (or mist, if you’re keeping track) blows in to a supermarket plaza, people start to realize there are things in the mist. Not just things, but terrible monsters. Our titular hero, David Drayton (played with varied intensity by Thomas Jane), wants to hold fast and keep a steady head. Ms. Carmody (Marcia Gay Harden) instead is on a witch hunt for the sinners that caused this. It’s a nice play between the religious manic (another reoccurring character in King’s works – see Revival, Carrie, etc.) and our stoic hero.
The effects throughout this movie are CGI’d, and sometimes despite the fact it’s painfully obvious it’s CGI, it’s effective. That’s due to the way Darabont spreads out the appearances throughout the film. It’s rarely as effective as the garage scene. The way the actors react is perfectly priceless, and the gore scattered throughout the film makes it worth the wait each time.
But the monsters take second fiddle to the horror that you see forming inside the supermarket. That’s because, frankly, people suck, and often times we turn on each other at the least provocation, let alone be trapped in a supermarket full of monsters. King later expanded on this idea to become Under the Dome, which I just happened to reread. The television show is worthwhile for a few episodes, but the book is a masterpiece in slow building tension. Here, in this film, Ms. Carmody is so off the wall you can’t believe people would follow her… but at the same time, you totally do.
I’m not going to actually discuss the ending here, because if you haven’t seen it I don’t want to ruin it for you. Uncle Stevie said that anyone that ruins this ending should be hung from the neck until dead, and I like my neck in place, thank y ou. But just keep in mind that it will haunt you continually for your entire life.
With that cryptic and depressing note, I’m going to give the film a “B+”.
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