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After a violent storm, a dense cloud of mist envelops a small Maine town, trapping artist David Drayton and his five-year-old son in a local grocery store with other people. They soon discover that the mist conceals deadly horrors that threaten their lives, and worse, their sanity.
No one does Stephen King like Frank Darabont. He even included a nice little nod to The Dark Tower in the beginning of the film when you see Thomas Jane's character painting Roland and the Tower in a field of roses. You can tell he's a true fan.
The way he handles the story is excellent. The humans get so crazy and so primitive they make the monsters almost inconsequential. Marcia Gay Harden was just brilliant. I'd take the mist over her any day.
Personally, I loved the way he handled the end. Yes, the story being open-ended is great, but Darabont's take on it was fantastic, brutal. The perfect touch.
And the award for the biggest bitch in cinematic history goes to....
The Mist has great elements of both horror and sci-fi. Definitely one of the best survival films I have seen. The film is full of so much suspense and tension through out.
B&W version on baby Blu.
A classic throwback to a classic era in film. Darabont himself introduces the black and white version as the definitive cut and really emphasizes the heightened reality to the film and how B&W presses even deeper into "unreal"-much more a fantasy fable set in that mythic small town where everybody knows your name. It almost feels like the moments that horrify are the harshness of the real world hammering their way into the falsity of the American mythos that is being played up. He compares the experience similarly to the Night of the Living Dead style of film-making and specifically 60s B-monster movies and f/x films, and I couldn't agree more.
“You don't have much faith in humanity, do you?”
Frank Darabont’s third adaptation of a Stephen King novel proves without a doubt that he is the best director at bringing the writer’s words to film. The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile were both fantastic films, although not the typical horror novels you’d expect from King. The Mist however is much closer to the horror genre we’d expect from him, and Darabont manages to successfully adapt his work for the third time. Not that there haven’t been other successful King adaptations from other director’s such as Kubrick’s direction in The Shining, Reiner in Misery and Stand By Me, and De Palma in Carrie, but most of the time the adaptations…
Frank Darabont is at his very best when he is adapting Stephen King’s noveIs. I had very high expectations going into this and I was not disappointed.
The mist has it all. Normally in a horror flick there would not be much characterization. All the thought and input would have gone into the process of scaring the shit out of people. But that is where The Mist stands out. It has well etched out characters ranging from those to whom I rooted for, liked, disliked and completely loathed with burning passion. And above all this it has the cover of mist which makes the horror all the more effective, startling, unexpected and terrifying.
The performances of the actors were splendid.…
As a reader of the novel, and taking that into account with watching this movie; I can say although this is not a 100% direct adaptation, Frank did an amazing job bringing this story to life. The very beginning showcases an awesome Easter Egg, and continues with it's character development. As the story progressed the plot intensified, but would also slow down and the appropriate times. The way the movie showcases human de-evolution during times of crisis was just so amazingly well put together, it was scary. The ending clearly will go down in history as one of my favorite endings in any movie, PERIOD. CGI could have been better, but it was more than made up for with the pacing, suspense, dialogue, and storytelling that this movie presents for its entirety. Any one who may be looking to get into the Horror genre, but doesn't want to go full on scary movie, this is right up your alley.
THIS MOVIE GIVES ME SO MUCH ANXIETY AND IT ABSOLUTELY DRAINS ME EMOTIONALLY BUT I LOVE IT SO MUCH
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
There's some truly terrible VFX here and hams all round with a hammy conceit, hammy dialogue and hammy performances.
But once you push through the cast of hollow characters, there's a great little parable in here about the stories we tell and power of the mind to explain with wild plurality. It's the plurality of explanation and of narrative of the same events which is the film's real strength, so it is certainly weakened by collapsing the playing out of diverse--often conflicting--stories and ideologies into an anti-religion polemic (it begins to feel rather "Get Schwifty" at times). It regains some of this strength in the (sadly rather obvious) ending, as Drayton becomes one of the few people to see beyond…
The ending was so avoidable!! it's frustrating
Intense, engrossing, with a deeply haunting ending. With The Mist, based on a terrific novella by Stephen King, Frank Darabont takes a no holds barred approach to genre filmmaking, and the result is a film that frightens both the heart and the senses.
This cast couldn't act its way out of a thick fog.
Steven King must have been having a pretty bad day when he wrote this.
Hoop-Tober 3.0, 1/31
Panicked people are the greatest horror of all... this is one of the bleakest films I've ever seen and now I feel horrible. Thanks, Frank!
Just leaves you with that good ol fashioned warm feeling.
I love Stephen King and Stephen King movies. I have watched many more of them than even I probably realize!…
Bring me down, I beg of you.