What happens when, out of the blue, there is no more twitter, facebook, youtube, cell phones, or TV? Frank Darabont’s “The Mist” is a perfect example of exactly how, I feel, events would unfold if all of those things were taken away in a matter of minutes and a group of strangers were subject to being isolated in one location for any period of time longer than 30 minutes.
I never read the novella by Stephen King on which this film is based, but I can imagine it is a fantastic read, if it is anything like this adaptation. The acting is superb, the CG creatures look fantastic, the blood effects were gruesome, and you are kept on the edge of your seat the entire time. I really can’t think of anything negative to say about this film.
The characters portrayed are a perfect blend of individuals who all deal with this dire situation in their own ways — some fall to religious beliefs for comfort, others try to make jokes, etc. Sadly, I feel this is exactly how society would react if faced with a similar situation. Within two days of being trapped inside of a local grocery store, people already begin killing each other, and forming cult-like groups to pick sides. As soon as something unknown is thrown into the mix, people lose their minds…
I’ve heard that some viewers aren’t happy with the ending of this film. I’m not really sure why, other than the fact that it pulls on my heart-strings more so than any other horror film I’ve ever watched. If you don’t die a little bit inside that car with those four others, you probably aren’t a real human being.
If you have not seen “The Mist,” you are certainly missing out on one of the best horror films of the last 10 years. This one gets my overall rating of 4.5 bullets out of 5.
As a side note, this movie may also hold dear to fans of The Walking Dead as three alums from the series are featured throughout the film.