The Mist

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  • Summary: David Drayton and his young son Billy are among a large group of terrified townspeople trapped in a local grocery store by a strange, otherworldly mist. David is the first to realize that there are “things” lurking in the mist…deadly, horrifying things…creatures not of this world. SurvivalDavid Drayton and his young son Billy are among a large group of terrified townspeople trapped in a local grocery store by a strange, otherworldly mist. David is the first to realize that there are “things” lurking in the mist…deadly, horrifying things…creatures not of this world. Survival depends on everybody in the store pulling together…but is that possible, given human nature? As reason crumbles in the face of fear and panic, David begins to wonder what terrifies him more: the monsters in the mist—or the ones “inside” the store, the human kind, the people that until now had been his friends and neighbors? (The Weinstein Company) Collapse
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. Good and creepy, The Mist comes from a Stephen King novella and is more the shape, size and quality of the recent “1408,” likewise taken from a King story, than anything in the persistently fashionable charnel house inhabited by the “Saw” and “Hostel” franchises.
  2. 83
    What is surprising is how he (Darabont) rebounds from his weak, awkwardly compressed opening to produce one of the scariest King films since Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining."
  3. Reviewed by: Tom Ambrose
    80
    Criminally overlooked in the States, this is one of the best horror movies of the last few years.
  4. 63
    The movie has a monster problem -- the more you see of them, the less scary they are -- most of the characters are standard-issue types, and Harden seriously overdoes the pious psycho bit.
  5. More political allegory than horror movie.
  6. 50
    If you have seen ads or trailers suggesting that horrible things pounce on people, and they make you think you want to see this movie, you will be correct. It is a competently made Horrible Things Pouncing on People Movie. If you think Frank Darabont has equaled the "Shawshank" and "Green Mile" track record, you will be sadly mistaken.
  7. Reviewed by: Chuck Wilson
    30
    A lumbering and depressing movie.

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  1. Positive: 99 out of 163
  2. Negative: 43 out of 163
  1. AndrewL
    Jul 10, 2009
    10
    Once again i was almost fooled by the critics, the movie was brilliant. its actually very hardcore, not in a violent sense, although it is Once again i was almost fooled by the critics, the movie was brilliant. its actually very hardcore, not in a violent sense, although it is quite graphic. for a modern horror movie im surprised how little it makes you jump, this was a good thing, it didnt need cheap scare tactics to totally creep you out, it does it through the people in the mall and how they react to the situation. the movie really was great, scary, fun, intense, suspenseful, really just a great horror flick. the Ending, by far, is one of the most powerful pieces of cinema ive seen, ever. Expand
  2. MichaelL.
    Dec 2, 2007
    10
    At last, a smart, scary, fearless American horror film. 2007 has been a bleak year for terror, and with critics anointing the ghastly "1408" At last, a smart, scary, fearless American horror film. 2007 has been a bleak year for terror, and with critics anointing the ghastly "1408" and the dumb-dumb "The Host" as brilliant, I wasn't expecting much from "The Mist". I was mistaken. Excellent acting (Bravo, Marcia Gay Harden!), some jump-out-of-your seat jolts, and an all-too real ending make this the best creepshow I've seen since 2006's "The Descent". Simple-minded viewers who need a "let's kick some Martian butt!" all-American ending will be angry at the conclusion of this film... good! Thank God Darabont had the clarity of vision to see this thing through to its (blessedly non-heavy metal soundtrack) closing credits. Expand
  3. AlanM.
    Apr 5, 2008
    9
    A haunting vision that examines peoples' limits. Having read "The Mist" the same year Skeleton Crew came out, it has been to this day my A haunting vision that examines peoples' limits. Having read "The Mist" the same year Skeleton Crew came out, it has been to this day my favourite novella by King. As such, I'm well aware that the majority of film adaptations of King's work tend to bomb quite horribly. This movie, however, did not leave me with a sour taste after it was over. The premise of the military creating this havoc is by no means a new idea, yet with a mild suspension of belief it's plausible. The CGI, I admit, was certainly not up to the standards of today's big budget films but then I can easily understand that the terrors in the mist was not the primary conflict. No, that distinction was humanity's basic instincts. It would be folly to assume that society has the capacity to hunker down in any post-apocalyptic situation and easily overcome it's own shortcomings. As a species, we are all capable of mistakes, and when confronted by our worst fears (both imagined and real), every person will react differently. Everyone has a limit. At what point they reach that limit varies, and throughout the movie we are shown where those limits are. The dialogue, often criticized for being cliche, worked for me as it felt more realistic than what Hollywood tends to do with how people communicate to one another. The ending, while surprising different from the novella, did not take away anything from the movie. Nay, it was just another example of someone reaching their limit for dealing with something beyond their means. With news stories throughout the years regarding people who have faced their own tragedies and chosen the more horryifying result, is it any wonder we see the same here? Bottom line, if you think that we as a species are infallible, this move is not for you. If you were expecting a horror film with scary monsters, this film is not for you. If you are open to the idea that we, as people, are capable of giving up hope when we have reached our limits... then yes, this movie is for you. Expand
  4. MikeS
    Dec 14, 2007
    8
    Having read the story a few years ago, I was very interested in watching this movie, even with the mixed reviews it got. I thought it was Having read the story a few years ago, I was very interested in watching this movie, even with the mixed reviews it got. I thought it was very well done, and the creatures were terrifying, each more gruesome than the last! The tentacles were a bit unconvincing, but other than that, excellent special effects. Tension mounting as the people got more and more frazzled by the experience, until the protagonists were forced to leave for fear of what the others in the store would do to them, and barely escape with their lives. The main character makes a snap decision during the escape that leads to having to make a difficult decision later. The ending was an emotional kick in the gut (different from the short story) , very unexpected! Expand
  5. LexL
    May 17, 2008
    6
    Overall the movie was good. I would of probably rated it an 8 if I didn't have a son myself. The father was so protective and passionate Overall the movie was good. I would of probably rated it an 8 if I didn't have a son myself. The father was so protective and passionate about saving his life, then makes a 2 minute decision to kill him. It was disturbing and I would of let it go until I saw all the Christian wannabes being saved by the military. Then I felt hatred. If that was their intentions then well done. But I won't watch it again Expand
  6. T
    May 6, 2008
    3
    I didn't see the first 10 minutes of the movie, but I feel like it didn't matter so much. I was also under the influence of alcohol I didn't see the first 10 minutes of the movie, but I feel like it didn't matter so much. I was also under the influence of alcohol when watching, which i thought would make it better...but it didn't. The acting is ho-hum, and every single horror-movie cliche you can think of is in this movie. Oh, and the special effects are bad. I will admit that I don't know much about the horror genre, but I feel like there can be so much better than this drivel. Expand
  7. LeeL.
    Nov 23, 2007
    0
    This was garbage, without a single authentic reaction from any of the actors, warmed-over horror cliches without an ounce of fresh air, and This was garbage, without a single authentic reaction from any of the actors, warmed-over horror cliches without an ounce of fresh air, and absurd pretension pawned off as knowing social commentary. Maybe it would work for five-year-olds. Expand

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