THE MIST in b&w (director's preference) puts drama front-and-center. It has the added benefit of making the CGI monsters look less cheesy. Darabont's writing is rigorous (even bit-part players get their dues); combine that with solid direction. Religious fanaticism debate is simplistic albeit scarily relevant. The "artist" as de-facto savior is low-hanging fruit, but Tom Jane makes it real. And that ending? Cruel.
[Spoilers] Riveting, tense and mysterious, "The Mist" suffers to an extent from some broadly-sketched characters (the crazy religious lady, for instance). But it culminates in its unforgettable ending; Pyrrhic and desperate, it could make even Aeschylus weep. 3.5*
Darabont subverted the whole meaning of the story with his little crypto-fascist subversion at the end. "The US army was going to save you! Look what happens when you don't trust us!" Crank up that American War Machine! Hey, Darabont, why don't you go kiss William F. Buckley when you get to hell?!
Certainly one of the better modern "creature features" - especially with its tongue-in-cheek campiness and nods to classic horror films. In general it has a pretty obvious humans-are-the-real-monsters sense of morality going on, but beyond that it's very well done and is a good bit of fun with a feel-bad suckerpunch of an ending.
Who are the real monsters? - that's the big question. Frank Darabont adapting Stephen King stories never goes wrong. While this isn't a perfect movie I'll rate it 4 stars because it's one my favourite horror movies ever. The B-movie monsters are merely a prop in a greater battle between the more racional group of people and the religion-driven ones lead by Marcia Gay Harden's character. And what a fenomenal ending!
When I saw this in the theater, everyone applauded and cheered when Marcia Gay Harden's character died. One of those great movie theater moments you can look back on and remember fondly of. Great film with one hell of an ending. Packs a wallop.
Not a bad movie at all , from the beginning you knew it is not about fear of monsters , it is all about human struggle on the act of fear itself
some of the conversations went funny but yeah the movie curved to a nice place in the end