Posted: November 29, 2007
I have just seen what I think is one of the best movies so far this year. It’s called The Mist, based on King’s story with the same name and directed by none other then Frank Darabont.
The Mist is the story of a group of people getting trapped in a grocery store during a strange mist. At first they don’t think much of it but when big tentacle grabs a local boy and drags him screaming out in the mist most people start to get scared. Some refuse to believe that there are monsters in the mist though and that will prove to be their big mistake.
As the time goes by people start forming different groups in the store. Some follow the religious Mrs. Carmody (Marcia Gay Harden) and some just think she’s crazy. One of the groups that don’t really believe that its God’s fault that they are trapped in the mist includes the films main characters.
The non believers are lead by out hero David Drayton (Thomas Jane). He is trapped in the store with his son Billy and as the situation gets worse and worse he and the others decide that it might be better to try their luck out in the mist then in the store where Mrs. Carmody is starting to talk about human sacrifice to please the creatures outside. The only question is; will they be let out?
As much as The Mist is a horror movie it’s also a movie about people and how they react in a difficult situation. A lot of the characters do things they would never do under normal circumstances and the movie really captures how they struggle with the consequences of those actions.
Besides Marcia Gay Haden and Thomas Jane we see Laurie Holden, Toby Jones (perfectly cast as Ollie), Frances Sternhagen, William Sadler and Jeffery DeMunn (the later two can both be seen in Frank’s other King adaptations The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption). And, the biggest surprise of them all, Andre Braugher as Brent Norton. This is the biggest change in character compared to the written version but I’m glad to say it works very well.
All the involved do a superb job and even though this sounds like a pure horror movie at first it’s, as I said, really a character driven movie…and a very good one as well.
The only thing I’m not totally satisfied with is the special effects. The effects in the tentacle scene feel a little, for lack of a better word, unsynced. It’s like the tentacles are over the victim instead of on him. The monsters themselves look very good and I really like them. Their only problem is that they also are a little unsynced when they interacting with the living characters...
But except from the tentacle scene those effects scenes are short and not something that really bothers me that much. I was on the edge of my seat for the entire movie and I must give Frank credit for his new ending. Its so god that I actually prefer it over King’s... I actually still have Goosebumps from seeing it!
Lilja's final words about The Mist
If you haven’t already seen The Mist please do! It’s one of the best, if not the best, adaptation based on a King story so far. I will actually go as far as saying that it’s probably the best movie I have seen during 2007, and being a movie reviewer, I have seen well over 200 movies this year.