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The Mist [Blu-ray]
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Horror based on the novella by Stephen King. After a number of people in a small town in Maine are killed by supernatural creatures lurking in a thick fog, a small group of survivors led by artist David Drayton (Thomas Jane) take shelter in a local supermarket. The frightened survivors attempt to discover the origins of the deadly mist, with rumours pointing toward an experiment conducted at a nearby military base. As the world around them slowly descends into a literal hell-on-earth, one of the survivors calls for Old Testament-style sacrifices in order to pacify the malevolent forces.
Writer-director Frank Darabont, who showcased the softer side of Stephen King in his film adaptations of The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile, turns to darker material for The Mist, his latest King adaptation about a group of ordinary townspeople trapped in a supermarket by a mysterious fogbank. Thomas Jane is top-billed as a Maine illustrator who attempts to calm the frightened shoppers, but his job is cut out for him from the get-go, first by the discovery of malevolent creatures lurking in the mist, and then by the mad mutterings of Mrs. Carmody (Marcia Gay Harden), a local eccentric who calls for Old Testament-style sacrifices to appease the supernatural forces. Darabont delivers monster movie thrills and understated social commentary with equal skill, and he's well supported by his cast (which includes Andre Braugher, Toby Jones, William Sadler and Jeffrey DeMunn) and the vivid special effects by KNB EFX, which effectively mix CGI with models and stop-motion animation (the terrific monsters were designed by legendary comic book artist Bernie Wrightson). And for those curious about how the novella's downbeat ending has translated to film, suffice it to say that Darabont's conclusion is at once different and more unsettling than King's. --Paul Gaita --This text refers to the DVD edition.
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Of course, this being a two-disc DVD, there are plenty of extras that detail its making, as well as a conversation with Stephen King but perhaps the most interesting thing is the option to watch the film in black & white. It is an option I'd heartily recommend.
At first glance, this is just your above average "creature feature" type film. A mist descends upon a small New England town and within it are various sized creatures that all have one thing in common - they're deadly! But delve deeper and you'll find that this film is far and away more concerned with the human condition. How people in a dire situation - trapped inside a supermarket -
behave towards one another when they no longer have access to the outside world they so depend upon for security. You have an African/American lawyer, with an enormous chip on his shoulder who is in denial about what is happening, a religious nutcase, Mrs. Comardy, who thinks it is God's punishment for mankind's hubris and a small group, led by an artist, who accept the reality of the situation and just want to survive. The ending of this film is both shocking and sad.
Film ratio is 1.85:1. Audio is 5.1. Both are very good.
Extras include a documentary, deleted scenes, trailer, etc.
A great sci-fi/horror film, but an even better social commentary.
The Mist definitely made me ask whether the hunted should be just as afraid of those among them as they are of those waiting outside. As I watched, I waited; I waited to see the divisions, fanaticism and barbarity take root.
There are quite a few memorable characters, most notably Mrs. Carmody (Marcia Gay Harden), a religious fanatic-cum-soon-to-be-cult leader. Another notable character worth mentioning is Ollie Weaks (Toby Jones), who plays an assistant manager at a supermarket and the resident gun expert. Thomas Jane, who plays the lead character David Drayton, does a decent job in playing a father who has to protect his son from the “creatures” lurking everywhere while making sense of the nightmare that he and the others have been thrust into.
The bulk of the movie takes place in a small town supermarket, where a group of terrified shoppers seek sanctuary from a mysterious mist that has engulfed their town. But it's not really the mist that they're scared of: it is the things inside - things that can easily come out of a Stephen King story, which isn’t surprising since the movie is an adaptation of one of his novellas. And if that doesn’t convince you to give this movie a try, then perhaps knowing that the movie is the work of Frank Darabont (the genius behind The Shawshank Redemption and the Green Mile) will.
If you were to ask me about the most memorable part of the movie, it would no doubt be the ending, which left me feeling shocked for days on end. If the first and middle sections of the movie don’t leave you with a sting, then the ending will. Trust me.
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I had wondered if there was an alternative ending, but no. Oh well, still great!
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