The Mist

Rating – ****


The best film M. Night Shyamalan NEVER made. This film is not to be Mist (Damn I’m good) Previous Frank Darabont/Steven King collaborations gave us The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile. Two of the most beloved films of all time (ok, mainly Shawshank) The Mist sees King and Darabont return to the B-movie end of the spectrum, but there’s nothing wrong with that. Darabont proves that with a good script, a film featuring venomous octopus monsters from another dimension can indeed be very good. The creatures themselves are a mixture of things from Evolution, Aliens, The Thing, Men In Black etc… They don’t always look totally convincing, but that’s not the point. The Mist is a character study. It analyses a microcosm of modern American society. Religious fundamentalism and fear is eroding the people from within, and that’s far more fascinating and terrifying than a giant carnivorous crab. The familiar supporting cast deliver many strong performances. Toby Jones gets the biggest laughs and one standout applause-worthy moment. While Marcia Gay Harden is a religious nut you’ll love to hate. Without wanting to spoil things, this is often a grim experience which derives a sick pleasure from pure hopelessness. If you can stomach the intensity and you have an emergency supply of happy pills, go seek out The Mist before it evaporates (hey, I did it again)

Since my first viewing, I’ve picked up The Mist on Bluray and watched it several times. I actually really love this movie now! Best of all, it features Darabont’s preferred black and white version. This brings a vintage early 60’s aura to the film and also helps sell some of the weaker compositing work in the colour version.


~ by thewholebuffalo on July 18, 2009.

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