Sunday, October 23, 2016

The Mist (2007)

Dimension Films
Directed by Frank Darabont
My rating: 3.5 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia
(Blu-ray, Genius Products)

Shoppers at a grocery store in a small Maine town are trapped inside when a mist descends on it from a nearby military base. The mist apparently is not toxic to humans, but has caused animals (and insects) to mutate to giant-sized, bloodthirsty creatures. After a series of grisly killings, the survivors divide into groups: some beginning to believe the apocalyptic religious rants of a woman, others plotting an escape. However, what waits for them on the outside is truly hell on earth. Most of the film is a straightforward monster movie: tense, well-made (other than a few obvious CGI moments) and enjoyable. Then there is that ending.... The best description I can give is "comically manipulative". I was sobbing and laughing simultaneously, rarely does a film illicit from me such a strong reaction. I highly recommend watching the black and white version.

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