The Mist ★★★★


Impeccable performances by the cast, namely Thomas Jane and Marcia Gay Harden, with deft direction by a reliable Stephen King adaptor Frank Darabont, this is always a great time. Not only does this serve as an effective horror film, but also serves as a great post-9/11 allegory. A town stuck in a grocery store, attacked by an unknown horde of creature, and seemingly is part of the mist that has surrounded the store, the town basically goes through trails and tribulations in order to survive. There are a few sects of humanity in which we can see how they function. The one that gets talked about the most is the religious one, led by Marcia Gay Harden, who turns in an impeccable performance to use the Bible as the explanation of occurrences, and perhaps punishment for humanity’s sins. The realists, led by Thomas Jane, who uses logic and reason to do whatever it takes to survive, even if the facts aren’t collected by then (that ending). There are also skeptics, led by Andre Braugher, who choose to doubt what’s happening around them. The Mist serves as an interesting study of humanity, when things get down to the wire, and we observe their behavior. The town isn’t always together, and they often fight. The ending certainly doesn’t help, as humanity is triumphant, but for the characters we know, the price to pay is very, very hard to bear. Certainly not the best Darabont film, but this is very effective, and the ending still has that punch, even after all these years.