The Mist: Movie review

Stephen King has always been one of those dark minded authors who I enjoy. It's a guilty pleasure. He can chill the bone like no other. Some of my favorite movies are 'The Stand' and 'Shawshank Redemption'.

themistcoverThere are others that stand out also. The Mist is the latest in Stephen King's movie adaptions. The premise is simple. Storm. Mist. Death. Despair.

Ok, a bit more detail.

A freak storm unleashes a species of blood-thirsty creatures on a small town, where a small band of citizens hole-up in a supermarket and fight for their lives.

The effects are pretty impressive. Some of Mr. King's movies in the past have had crap for effects, even when the stories are amazing. However, Weistein does the effects, and it shows that they've still got the gift for it.

It's directed by Frank Darabont (Green Mile, Shawshank Redemption) who does a nice job at the scare factor. However, there is something I was disappointed in. The acting. It seemed like the actors/actresses really didn't care to perform. There were a few exceptions: the boy, the psyco religious lady and the school teacher all did pretty decent jobs. The rest felt like they where in a 'made for TV' movie.

This movie was pretty fun to watch. Thrilling. Scary. Not to mention extremely imaginative. It peaked my interest on how it was done and ideas that where hinted yet never fully explored. If you can handle the f-bombs and the moments of gore (a few but not completely everywhere) then you may enjoy this horror/fantasy/thriller.

  • Actors: Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden, Andre Braugher, Toby Jones
  • Directors: Frank Darabont
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