Full Movie Reviews
worleyjamers - wrote on 06/29/2013
I loved this film! The Mist follows a group of townspeople trapped in a grocery store as a mysterious mist blows into town, bringing with it a variety of unfamiliar creatures. The trapped townspeople are played perfectly by a great cast; Thomas Jane is good as the main character, and Marcia Gay Harden is chillingly brilliant as the disturbed Christian. She steals every scene she's in and delivers multiple monologues that rank among her best performances. The cast had a surprisingly great script to work with; sharp dialogue and well-written conversations make this film extremely realistic. There were a few stupid decisions and characters scattered throughout, but that doesn't hold back the film much. Also, the CGI could have been a little better. With it's strong cast, memorable …
Yojimbo - wrote on 03/02/2012
A strange mist descends over a small town and a motley band of its inhabitants seek refuge in the local supermarket. Based on a *sigh* Stephen King novella (is it that time of year again?) The Mist was written for the screen and directed by Frank "The Shawshank Redemption" Darabont, and his skillful eye and feel for narrative pacing means that The Mist has a sense of quality missing from many King adaptations. Some of the sequences have just the right amount of tension and some of the encounters with the creatures are genuinely creepy and suspenseful in a way that reminded me of John Carpenter in his hay day. But once again, the Achilles hell is Stephen bloody King himself. The story is shit. The talents of the director and a decent if slightly uninspired set of performances are the only …
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 12/15/2011
David Drayton (Thomas Jane) witness a thunderstorm storm from a window of his house. David and his neighbor, Brent Norton (Andre Braugher), with his son Billy (Nathan Gamble) go to the local grocery to get supplies. Dan Miller (Jeffrey DeMunn) goes to the store and warns the people about "the mist." A bag-boy Norm (Chris Owen) becomes the first victim and soon would follow. Wayne explaines: "other worlds all around us, and how they wanted to try to make a window, you know, so they can look through and see what's on the other side." In the end, David fulfills his promise to his son Billy.
Wonderfully written screenplay by the director with lines like "Denial is a powerful thing." "As a species we're fundamentally insane. Put more than two of us in a room, we pick sides and start …
Zombified - wrote on 12/27/2009
The Mist was an interesting horror film, but lacked some elements that a good horror movie has.
The story was wonderfully thought out, as most Stephen King movies are. The way the story progressed through the movie made me anxious and uncomfortable at the same time, which was great. However, there was no overly thrilling parts of the movie. I didn't really jump during the movie, which is what makes horror movies exciting to me.
The characters interacted very realistically, given the situation that they were thrown into. The drama given in the movie could be seen in almost every horror movie, especially a zombie movie, but I still enjoyed every minute of it. I felt that I was mixed in the drama, watching from another person's perspective as everything happened.
Overall, The Mist …
cockney0_1 - wrote on 11/26/2008
I can remember a time when a movie that stated 'From Stephen King' would be greeted with anticipation and excitement. Unfortunately nowadays, this is rarely the case. When I was presented with this DVD to watch my first thought was 'Oh well, if there's nothing else on tv, I'll give it a go'. This isn't to say that Stephen King stories are awful - because they're not - but, with only one or two exceptions, they don't translate to the screen all that well.
Anyway, a quick rundown of the plot. A small town in America is overcome by a mysterious fog, out of which bug-like creatures appear and kill the locals. A small group of innocent shoppers are stranded in the local supermarket and have to overcome their fears, plus internal power struggles, to escape.
All sounds fine, if a little …
Supercrum - wrote on 08/30/2008
Quite simply Frank Darabont’s 2008 adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Mist” is jarring and terrific. Darabont brings his audience a shopping cart full of horrors, most of which attribute to the err of human psyche, not necessarily creatures from another galaxy. The cast is solid and characters are well developed which is more that can be said for most Hollywood flicks. Like other King works, that appear something out of an old Twilight Zone episode gone terribly wrong, this film is a great monster movie also making the point that when man is stripped of his essentials, he himself becomes the vile monster to be feared. Not to mention, this feature concluded with one of the most horrifying and chilling endings that I can recollect to date. I will never look at fog the same way …
bwathke - wrote on 05/15/2008
Time and again, we find ourselves in midst of that age old argument that occurs when a classic novel makes that bold leap onto the big screen. The argument is of course over whether the book version of the story was better, or the movie version. In the case of a Stephen King novel, we have seen this transition all too often and in some cases, we have found ourselves debating this inevitable comparison without end. There is no arguing King’s ambition to thrill readers when observing his enormous body of dark hexagonal work, which when given the right touch, can be effectively insinuated from scary novel to theatrical terror fest. The 1989 horror classic “Pet Cemetery” for instance, caused readers and movie goers alike to sleep with the light on for weeks afterwards. And who …
Franz Patrick - wrote on 04/15/2008
Regardless of its nondescript title, this film is fascinating in every way. It has something to say about politics, the way society behaves when the chips are down and the pressure is up, how religion capitalizes on people's fear, and how people's actions change when they know that death is about to knock on their doors. On top of that, I appreciated that this is one of those old-fashion horror-thrillers with a mix of comedy--it goes for the mystery, what can and cannot be seen. It is not one of those easy-shock, torture-porn movies that anesthetize people when it comes to violence (although this film is very generous when showing blood and guts). I've read a lot of people's reviews on Yahoo! and movies.com about the ending and I want to say this: Stephen King is big on irony. If one …
Josh C - wrote on 04/12/2008
Not as good as I was expecting. It is one of those movie that while you are watching it you wonder, "Did this really come out of Hollywood." The dialog was bad and in many cases the delivery was even worse. The special effects would have been decent for a Made-for-TV film, but below par from a movie that hit the theatres in 2007.
Thomas Jane was decent although I couldn't stop thinking he was the "Punisher" throughout the movie. Marcia Gay Harden played a righteous messenger from god and though it was annoying to listen to her in the movie, she had perhaps the best performance of any of the main characters.
I feel that some of the acting may not be as bad as I am making it out to be, but the dialog and the forced character development took so much away from the actors. If there is …
FZero - wrote on 03/22/2008
After finishing this movie I was wondering how much money it took to edit out Darabonts huge balls from the finished product. In an age when studio interference reigns supreme it was refreshing to see an uncompromising vision from a director willing to take risks even though it wont satisfy 90% of the North American audience. I prefer to look at the film as more of a study of humanity in times of hopelessness and fear as opposed to a horror movie. How we tend to flock to the people that provide easy answers no matter how asinine the solution. Marcia Gay Harden really stands out in a great performance as the local bible thumping idiot, you just wanted to get in there and strangle her. Rage Against The Machine said it best; fear is your only god.