Darabont once again proves himself to be the preeminent cinematic adapter of Stephen King's work. King was always good at creating indelible characters you came to love and then putting those characters through a nightmare. The characters in the film are richly drawn, you warm to them and then you watch as they suffer a nightmare scenario with no hope of escape or rescue. Darabont's narrative command rivals King's.
Possibly the greatest ending of any movie ever; an exceptionally brave choice. This is one of those films that has stuck with me for years and I still think about it on a regular basis. If you're going to watch it make sure you watch the black & white version. It was this version that Frank Darabont wanted to receive a cinematic release but the studio and distributor refused.
Creates a good sense of mystery but not really a sense of dread or fear. Thrilling at moments. Acting is meh. The religious apocalypse side story is fun but it becomes a.more pressing source of danger than the mist and monsters. I laughed at several serious "horror" moments.