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The Mist

(DVD - 2008)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Mist
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A mysterious mist surrounds a grocery store, trapping the shoppers inside and besieging them with otherworldy creatures.
Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] : Weinstein Company, [2008]
ISBN: 159445020X
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (127 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.

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Jan 29, 2015
  • Froster rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Only in Hollywood would 15 million dollars qualify as a "low budget" effort. So what do we get for that? Some really SCARY creatures, plus a director who knows how to ramp up the tension. (And some unacknowledged debts to much better efforts like Ridley Scott's "Alien").It's a big "B" picture with some "A" film-making. But please, Frank, SPARE us the Apocalypse and all the biblical references. It doesn't make this picture any more significant, and the "message" sent is totally incoherent. Is the crazed mob supposed to represent the backlash of the Religious Right after 9/11? If so, the denouement serves to prove them correct. Is that what you really wanted to say? (And did you have to wreck Marcia Gay Harden's career to do it?)

Jan 29, 2015
  • Nursebob rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Frank Darabont’s haphazard screenplay, based on yet another Stephen King novella, tries to be too many things at once; sci-fi thriller, claustrophobic horror movie, psychological study, and pseudo-religious potboiler. Borrowing very heavily from such films as The Fog, Alien, and The Birds as well as some of the more esoteric writings of H. P. Lovercraft, it concerns a random group of people who seek refuge in the local supermarket when their town is besieged by a most unusual fog bank. It would appear the soupy mist is crawling with all sorts of unpleasantness, from big meat-eating bugs and screeching pterodactyls to huge nasty tentacled things resembling a cross between an octopus and a Venus flytrap. Of course there’s the usual assortment of King mainstays; hysterical women, hero jocks, a cute kid (the movie’s best performance) and, for good measure, a schizoid chick with messianic delusions (Marcia Gay Harden making a fool of herself). As the little band of consumers slowly become the consumed a few hatch a desperate escape plan while the rest succumb to the aimless ramblings of the crazy lady who assures them that the final days are at hand. To be fair, there are some amazing CGI effects and wild visuals in this film which had my skin crawling more than once. The pervasive mist is a wonderfully disorienting device that adds a macabre overtone to all those twisted, half-seen shapes slithering in and out of focus. But even if we forgive some of the film’s more blatantly illogical devices its underlying premise involving secret military mischief is just plain silly. Furthermore, Harden’s guru character is poorly written and her murderous tent revival subplot is harebrained at best. The film’s unexpectedly bleak ending, filled with horror and brutal irony, did come as a surprise though and was effectively paired with the mournful vocalizations of Dead Can Dance. But it was poor consolation for two hours worth of disappointment.

I ended borrowing this film because I'm a fan of Frank Darabont from The Walking Dead. If you are a FAN of The Walking Dead, you'll love this movie. Many of the TWD actors are here like (Andrea, Dale, Carol). This movie is produced by Denise Huth and Directed by Frank Darabont who are the essential part of TWD. Yes, the ending twist is shocking!!!

Sep 29, 2014
  • eiknarf rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Film was pretty good watching, but promised big payoff at the end, was... not worth it. decent film just for watching a film with some monsters and archetypal personality disagreements - interesting(ish) study of people in distressing circumstances.

May 12, 2014
  • jazeebelle rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This movie is a wonderful adaption of the short story. But let me give you the key to enjoying it... READ THE STORY FIRST!!! (It's in his collection titled "Skeleton Crew") If you see the movie first you will hate it. Only people who read and enjoyed the story seem to enjoy the film. It was one of my favorites of his short stories and i thought the ending of the film was refreshing and wonderful. Highly recommend the story, if you like the story you are bound to enjoy the film. If you don't like the story, skip the flick.

Mar 25, 2014
  • jrichardson06 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

movie was ok the book was better

Feb 01, 2014
  • MadisonParkMilo rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Not even worth reading the narrative on the case! One of the very worse that I left on entirely too long--perhaps five minutes.

Jul 09, 2013
  • lunalovegood2 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The ending of the movie was amazing! It really showed the reality of the situation. Great movie altogher and I can't wait to buy it!

Feb 19, 2013
  • agw88 rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

The end sucked.

Sep 05, 2012
  • vaopie rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

as always, the book is better. if you still want to rent this movie, treat it like a b movie - the acting is laughable at times and the special effects are low budget. other than that, the ending of this movie does give stephen king's a run for its money.

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Nov 21, 2008
  • lucky rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: Some swearing, I believe.

Nov 21, 2008
  • lucky rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Violence: Very bloody scenes sometimes.

Oct 26, 2008
  • Berth rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

Oct 26, 2008
  • Berth rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Violence: This title contains Violence.

Jul 25, 2008
  • joseph rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

Jul 25, 2008
  • joseph rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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Nov 21, 2008
  • lucky rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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Jul 25, 2008
  • joseph rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

joseph thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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Nov 21, 2008
  • lucky rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

A man and his family live in a fairly rural area, where nearby scientists and army people are conducting unknown experiments. One day, one of the experiments goes horribly wrong, and the townspeople must fight for their lives.

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Nov 21, 2008
  • lucky rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

"...their tales like scorpions... so beautiful"

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