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Entertaining B movie
on 18 April 2010
I was surprised at the quality of this film. Because I'd never heard of it I was expecting it to be fairly bad, but it's actually very well directed (by the same guy who directed Shawshank and the Green Mile). I liked the script, I thought the characters were interesting and involving, and the acting was also very good. The lead made for a charismatic and endearing hero.
Because of the high quality, I was a litle surprised when it changed from psychological horror to B-movie. The Mist itself goes from being a mysterious entity, or 'Death' as one character puts it, to just a cover for various monsters of varying quality and believabilty. It actually became a lot less scary as soon as big purple tentacles appeared to drag off a supermarket employee! However, once you've adjusted to the change in tone, it is still very enjoyable.
I also really liked the substory of fear leading to idiocy and religious nuttery. It doesn't take the view that religion and belief in God is bad in itself, but does show very well how it can easily become warped under the right situations, especially when people believe in the blood-drenched Old Testament God of vengeance, and take the Bible too literally. The actress who played Mrs Carmody, the embodiment of this damaging religious view, was brilliant.
One thing I really didn't like however was the ending, and not just because it wasn't in the original King novella. I won't spoil it for you, but after spending over 2 hours on this film, enjoyable as it is, you may feel a little cheated at the end. I though it was contrived and out-of-character. However, it certainly stays with you, and you could see it almost as a parable, and message of hope (in a VERY downbeat way).
Overall though, this was a surprisingly good film, and will certainly keep you absorbed and entertained for two hours.