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    The Mist - A MiceChat review


    2hrs, 2 mins
    R, for violence, terror, gore, and language.

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    What would you do if suddenly there was no power, no water, no social infrastructure that supported your way of life, unexplainable monsters began to attack you and their was no way to explain what was happening?

    Stephen King's story of a small Maine town (who's surprised?) that is suddenly shrouded in a thick fog that holds monstrous creatures is considered one of Kings more memorable. Frank Darabont, the man responsible for two other well received Stephen King film adaptations, tries with obsequious fan boy devotion to faithfully adapt a third with Kings classic Horror story The Mist.

    True to the original story the movie opens swiftly on a stormy night that causes heavy damage. The next morning our protagonist, David Drayton (Thomas Jane), his son, and a neighbor head off to the local store to get supplies. While in line to check out a thick fog covers the town and monsters begin to prowl. The shoppers soon learn that it is far safer inside the store than to wander out into the unknown horrors outside.


    Stephen King's The Mist Photos: Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden, Frank Darabont. Weinstein Company

    As the tension rises Mrs.Carmody, the town zealot, played with ticking craziness by Marcia Gay Harden, gains more credibility after each monster attack claiming that the hand of God is punishing mankind. I n the meantime the more stable try desperately to maintain decorum and seek escape or rescue but is there anybody left to rescue them?

    Technically speaking Darabont leaves his polished tracking shots and cinematography for a more shaky, hand held camera lending the film a certain reality. Grainy shots of darkness in the monotone of white are eerie and useful and the limited use of score helps to heighten the reality of the story.

    As for the writing, the film hits the ground running, leaving less than 5 minutes from the titles to the aforementioned mist covering the town but then writer/director Darabont decides to get a little wordy and it's midsection and the momentum begins to lag. Many have made complaints about the certain archetypes portrayed herein. I wouldn't blame Darabont for this as the source material is very King and these portrayal are typical in his world.

    Does the film work? No. It is ultimately a claustrophobic little piece of horror whose pacing is off and whose source material is not as strong as it should be. Darabont tries to sand down the rough edges of Kings original story but, despite his love for the material, some things can't be fixed. The ending of the film ups the ante and cranks up the dread and horror. It was then that I realized Darabont did not like his audience and wanted to twist the knife further than King ever did.

    For those who are King lovers, this is a wonderful feast. A visualization of one of his most beloved stories. For the rest of the moviegoing public, beware. This is not a happy film. This film will not make you feel good. This film wants to hurt you, make you cringe, and make you feel dread and fear. Do you want that?


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    Re: The Mist - A MiceChat review

    Fishy, this movie had me all over the place. It started out kind of stilted with poor dialogue, got interesting, was a little silly, then it became a psychological thriller, and then suddenly it was tragic. I can't shake the ending. I know you mentioned that the ending was totally different than King's ending, and I felt this version had a definite resolution which probably works better in a film. However, note that I used the word "tragic" to describe it- there is no neat and tidy wrap-up to this movie.

    Marcia Gay Harden was awesome as the crazy Bible lady. She, and the other town folk, were way scarier than the monsters outside.

    My main complaint is the unsatisfactory explanation behind the mist itself. I needed more information on that piece. Otherwise, this was a great diversion from all of the holiday movies that are on television this weekend.

    ETA:
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    The more I think about The Mist, the more disturbing the ending becomes. It has to do with the main character's son, and I just can't shake it out of my head. That may just be my mom's point of view, which made me analyze everything by the "what would I do?" angle.
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    Re: The Mist - A MiceChat review

    Quote Originally Posted by SusieP. View Post
    I can't shake the ending. I know you mentioned that the ending was totally different than King's ending, and I felt this version had a definite resolution which probably works better in a film. However, note that I used the word "tragic" to describe it- there is no neat and tidy wrap-up to this movie.

    Marcia Gay Harden was awesome as the crazy Bible lady. She, and the other town folk, were way scarier than the monsters outside.
    Agreed. MGH was very good. Despite the fact that Carmody is physically very different in the book, Harden got the character down frighteningly well. The ending is, as you said, something I can't shake either. Awful, dreadful, and one of the more horrifying in recent memory. It offers a resolution of sorts but still infects your memory with pain and regret.

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    Re: The Mist - A MiceChat review

    Let me add my take on this.

    Firstly, I absolutely loved the novella. I was so excited when I saw that it was coming out in theatres.

    I found all of the characters to be rather throwaway except for crazy old Mrs. Carmody. MGH really hit the nail on the head with her character, the entire audience cheered when she got her due. Wonderful acting, to make the character so thoroughly crazed and unlikeable.

    Everybody else seemed rather stilted and wooden, even the protagonist.

    The effects were just plain cheesy, I and several others fairly howled with laughter at some of them.

    The ending. Wow. I really enjoyed the unresolved ending of the novella, and I found the ending of the movie to be just plain bad.

    What a crappy movie. Thank Gawd I enjoy bad movies, or I would have felt totally ripped off.
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    Re: The Mist - A MiceChat review

    I remember when I read this story years ago I thought it could make an interesting movie if done right. I'll probably rent it when it comes out on video to satisfy my curiosity.

    I just want to know when they're going to make a movie of Insomnia. That one could have some really awesome special effects if they do it right.

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    Re: The Mist - A MiceChat review

    I didn't not like it. I'll just go with that.

    It did seem a little like a made for tv movie though, with the fading out at the end of scenes. That bothered me more than the first round of effects.
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    Re: The Mist - A MiceChat review

    For me I consider this the best Horror film of the year, I've read the book and I have to say Frank Darabont did a great job overall.

    For the effects it's a 50/50 on them, while some were not fantastic...there were some creatures that stood out really nicely.

    As for the ending, it can make or break it for you. I know about 90% of the mainstream audience won't like it since it's too brutal for them.

    While I did like the books ending, I find the films version is fantastic. I can certainly say most films don't have the guts to put out a ending that sticks with you far after the film is over.

    As for some people saying this is "made-for-TV." due to the special effects and whatnot, watch any made-for-Sci-Fi channel movie and you will be proven wrong on so many levels.
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    Re: The Mist - A MiceChat review

    i absolutely loved this movie as well, the ending is a tough one to swallow but man does it make you think and cause LOTS of after movie debate and conversation. i'm a firm believer that not every movie needs or has to have happy endings, that's what we have Disney movies for
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    Re: The Mist - A MiceChat review

    I didn't get a chance to see this yet, and probably won't until it's on DVD.

    I love the original story, but I don't think there was enough material for a full movie. (from reading the reviews it certainly seems that way).

    Why not take multiple stories from Skeleton Crew and make a movie covering 2 or 3 of the short stories? Why try to take 1 and stretch it out to be a movie?

    It worked for the Twilight Zone movie, why not here?


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    Re: The Mist - A MiceChat review

    What makes this ending so unusual?

    Can anyone tell me since I probably won't see it anyway?

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    Re: The Mist - A MiceChat review

    I'm gonna be seeing this no matter what.... but I don't know whether to wait for DVD or not. I'm a huge Stephen King fan. The Mist is one of my favorite works of his -- I especially loved the brilliant ending (and Stephen King is NOT known for well-done endings, so it really stands out). I know that the film version is more "resolved" than the novella, but I'm glad that it seems from reading these comments that they don't just flat-out explain where the Mist is from.
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    Re: The Mist - A MiceChat review

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Yeti View Post
    What makes this ending so unusual?

    Can anyone tell me since I probably won't see it anyway?
    I have the same question. I don't do horror films so I will neither see this in theaters or rent it. But everyone is talking about the ending....I have seen the commercials for it...and know now the ending has to do with the boy and THAT in itself...leaves me with dread.

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    Re: The Mist - A MiceChat review

    Wow, looks like the reviews are all over the place! I think I'll wait for rental on this one, I thought it looked interesting but I also haven't read the book. I wonder if I should first or just see the movie.

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    Re: The Mist - A MiceChat review

    ^ It's not really a novel, but a short story or novella in this case. I'd certainly pick it up. It's very good.


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    Re: The Mist - A MiceChat review

    Okay, I'll tell the ending. Read at your own risk!

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    The group of people leave the store (the dad, the son, the young teacher, and an older lady and man) and start driving off into the mist, not knowing what is going on in the outside world, if there is an end to the mist, if they whole world is just messed up and covered with crazy creepy bug creatures, we don't know. They only have the gas that is in the car and a gun. That's it. They drive and drive and see no signs of life, only destruction. Eventually the car starts to sputter and it runs out of gas.

    They have to decide what to do next, and obviously, they know their fate isn't looking too hot at that point. There are 5 in the car. There are 4 bullets in the gun. Then you see the outside of the car and gunfire, bang bang bang bang. And then you see the dad still sitting in the car. He gets out to offer himself to the creatures. He's yelling "come and get me" and all we can hear are the creepy noises that we know mean bad things are coming. So the dad is still outside the car, horribly distraught, and then in the mist behind him (while we are waiting for him to get eaten), a tank rolls up. Then a whole caravan of military vehicles, some escorting other survivors out, including a mom from the beginning of the movie. This poor dad had to make the gut wrenching decision of shooting his own son, only to be rescued 5 minutes later. He then collapses to the ground when he realizes what has happened.


    Phew. Different, no?
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