The MIst

The MIst

Derek Fleek's picture

The Mist is based on the short story written by Stephen King and is directed by Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile). This Sci-Fi/Horror stars a fine cast that includes Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden, Andre Braugher, and Toby Jones.

After a vicious storm strikes a small town, a mysterious mist follows. The citizens of the town end up stuck in a supermarket after a man, bleeding from the nose, runs in claiming ôThereÆs something in the mistö. After some brutal attacks by creatures in the mist, the people now must fight for their lives to make it out of the mist alive. They end up splitting up into two groups. One group believes that the mist is a biblical act of god, led by Mrs. Carmody (Marcia Gay Harden), and the other group, led by David Drayton (Thomas Jane), does not.

The camerawork and creature effects are what keeps the film moving at a brisk pace. I love the way this film actually feels like a Stephen King horror movie, getting the viewers involved with the characterÆs situations. The script, though I havenÆt read the book, was incisive and to the point. Yes, it was creepy and sometimes scary, but there is something missing. Maybe it was the acting that was done, how should I say, a little too good. Maybe it was the way it was all layed out. Or maybe it was all the hype. What can I say, I was somewhat disappointed.

Some scenes worked well, while others got me rooting for the bugs. What I enjoyed most about this Stephen King adaption are the acid spinning spiders and that backbone of an ending. This is a ultimately depressing horror film based on human survival and the will to live. A hit or miss type of ending, but for me it hit the bulls-eye. What holds the film together is the thick script and the impressive camerawork. What pulls the film apart is the hype and the acting just didnÆt work for me.

The mist does have some pretty intense and scary moments, just not enough of them. The bugs are the real showcase here, ranging from giant wasp-like creatures to spiders that spin acid webs. This is, at times, a bone chilling, stomach churning movie experience. ThereÆs something in the mistà..too bad itÆs a mild disappointment.

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ockmick's picture

i agree the acting wasn't very good,.part of what makes a king adaption great are well acted characters,..his "film" versions of his novels are always better when they rely more on acting then effects and camera work.,..in the mist the acting seemed forced somehow,..less natural.

still i would recommend the film and see it again myself.

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ABRNT1's picture

In my humble opinion this is the best film made based on a Stephen King story. It perfectly captures the overall tone of the story and the added elements work quite well. The ending, while quite depressing, is perfectly suitable for this film (Stephen King mentions on the dvd that he enjoyed the ending).

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Shawna78's picture

I thought the movie was superb. The overall tone was great and I would recommend this movie to any and everybody

Mike N Ike 4588's picture

i thought it was a good movie overall the acting wasn't up to par for my liking but other than that it was a good movie and it had some good special effects in the movie as well

Gremlin8784's picture

Thankfully I went into this movie not knowing anything about what is going on, since I never got a chance to read the book. Doing that made the film like 10x better for me cause I was sitting there trying to figure out what the heck was in the mist. Was it some alien? A giant octipus? Mutated freak human that the mist changed? I didn't know!

The acting was fine to me, I remember in the theater when one person was taken out(those of you who have seen it know what I'm talking about), everyone in the theater got up and cheered and clapped, funniest thing I had seen in a while. Still, this and 1408 are two of the best feature film king adaptions i've seen (not counting the mini series movies like the stand and rose red) Hopefully when they do Cell (I hear someone got the rights to make it, now I'm just waiting) they keep this style and it sure as hell better be rated R with blood and gore. Go up to borders or somewhere and read the first 20 pages of the book and you'll know exactly what I mean.

Edited by Gremlin8784 on 4/21/2008 at 01:55 CST

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Firefly80's picture

The book was excellent. Haven't seen the movie yet. I am planning on renting it soon. I love Stephen King no matter what it is though.

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Omega Channel's picture

I loved the novella when I read it twenty or so years ago. The movie is, for the most part, a faithful and entertaining adaptation. I had no problem with the acting, and I'm not clear what the original poster meant about the "the hype" surrounding the film. I didn't see any more or less hype with this flick than your average Hollywood release.

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peglegs crown's picture

quote:
Thankfully I went into this movie not knowing anything about what is going on, since I never got a chance to read the book. Doing that made the film like 10x better for me cause I was sitting there trying to figure out what the heck was in the mist. Was it some alien? A giant octipus? Mutated freak human that the mist changed? I didn't know!

The acting was fine to me, I remember in the theater when one person was taken out(those of you who have seen it know what I'm talking about), everyone in the theater got up and cheered and clapped, funniest thing I had seen in a while. Still, this and 1408 are two of the best feature film king adaptions i've seen (not counting the mini series movies like the stand and rose red) Hopefully when they do Cell (I hear someone got the rights to make it, now I'm just waiting) they keep this style and it sure as hell better be rated R with blood and gore. Go up to borders or somewhere and read the first 20 pages of the book and you'll know exactly what I mean.

Edited by Gremlin8784 on 4/21/2008 at 01:55 CST

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peglegs crown's picture

quote:

quote:
Thankfully I went into this movie not knowing anything about what is going on, since I never got a chance to read the book. Doing that made the film like 10x better for me cause I was sitting there trying to figure out what the heck was in the mist. Was it some alien? A giant octipus? Mutated freak human that the mist changed? I didn't know!

The acting was fine to me, I remember in the theater when one person was taken out(those of you who have seen it know what I'm talking about), everyone in the theater got up and cheered and clapped, funniest thing I had seen in a while. Still, this and 1408 are two of the best feature film king adaptions i've seen (not counting the mini series movies like the stand and rose red) Hopefully when they do Cell (I hear someone got the rights to make it, now I'm just waiting) they keep this style and it sure as hell better be rated R with blood and gore. Go up to borders or somewhere and read the first 20 pages of the book and you'll know exactly what I mean.

Edited by Gremlin8784 on 4/21/2008 at 01:55 CST

Cujo, Shawshank Redemption, Misery, Stand by Me and The Green Mile were also adaptations of

Kings works. Are you sure that they're two of the best?

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Brandon1978's picture

I think The Mist was the Best Steven King movie to be made besides Maximum Overdrive. I saw it twice at the movies, and bought the dvd when it came out. Great errie movie from the mastermind himself.

Brandon

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