Continuing the theme of movies I saw a few weeks ago but haven’t written about until now… The Mist, starring Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Andre Braugher, and Laurie Holden, is based on a story by Steven King. This version was directed by Frank Darabont, who also wrote the script. He’s worked wonders with other Steven King material, such as The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption, so we knew he had some chops.
Here‘s the IMDB link for The Mist.
If you didn’t see any of the trailers, the story is basically that a small town is beset by a strange mist after a freak storm. The townsfolk hide in a supermarket and fight for their lives.
What made this movie for me wasn’t the setting. It wasn’t the special effects (though they were cool and used very well). It was the characters.
I am a big Thomas Jane fan. I think the next Punisher movie coming out (War Zone) is a mistake. He gave the character an emotional core that I think will be lacking… but I digress. I thought his character, David Drayton, a book cover artist, had just the right balance of manliness and uncertainty. Who would believe that there were monsters in the mist? He didn’t. Had to prove it to him.
And the ending… Wow. Just heartbreaking.
The other characters… Mrs. Carmody played by Marcia Gay Harden was a real witch disguised as a religious woman. 🙂 Harden played her to the teeth. You hated her from the beginning and it only got worse!
And Andre Braugher… Brent Norton, the uptight neighbor. He was trying to do the right thing too. But he didn’t believe in the monsters until it was almost too late…
This is a movie that uses suspense well. The backgrounds go away once the mist arrives. So your focus is entirely on the characters and what they do to survive. It gets a solid 4/4 from me. I really enjoyed it. One of the best “horror” movies I’ve seen in a long time.