The Mist (2007): An Underrated Gem



The Mist Movie Poster


Director:

Frank Darabont

Trailer:

Synopsis:

A freak storm unleashes a species of bloodthirsty creatures on a small town, where a small band of citizens hole up in a supermarket and fight for their lives.

My review:

Based on a Stephen King story and directed by the assured hands of Frank Darabont, The Mist is an intriguing mix of horror, suspense, and thriller. As a gigantic cloud starts to engulf a small town, a group ends up at a supermarket where, with no electricity, they witness the full manifestations of this mysterious storm. A key factor in The Mist’s success is Darabont’s excellent pacing. He lets the film flow at a steady pace and in a way that keeps the viewer glued to the screen. I also enjoy the performances of both Thomas Jane and Marcia Gay Harden as two of the people stuck in the grocery store. Jane, as the group’s de facto leader, does an excellent job of making us believe he really is the man in charge in the midst of this unique crisis. Harden, on the other hand, plays a religious nut who sees this event as a sign and punishment from God. Both, in their own unique ways, add another layer of entertainment and fascination to the motion picture. The film also has one of the most crushing and unmerciful endings seen in recent horror films; an ending that surely stays with viewers long after the credits roll. It really surprises me how a film as good and well-done as The Mist goes unmentioned since it is one of the best horror films made in the last twenty years at least. An underrated gem of a film that should be given far greater attention and love than it currently enjoys.

Memorable Scenes: (Spoiler Alert!)

  • Scenes of the storm approaching.
  • The bleeding man running towards the supermarket screaming.
  • The giant bugs crashing unto the supermarket’s windows.
  • The tentacles attack the store clerk.
  • The group decides to venture out through the mist.
  • The mind-blowing ending.

Outstanding performances:

  • Thomas Jane (as David Drayton)
  • Marcia Gay Harden (as Mrs. Carmody)

Runtime:

2 hours and 6 minutes

Rating:

R

Genres:

Horror / Sci-Fi / Thriller



6 thoughts on “The Mist (2007): An Underrated Gem

  1. Totally agree Moe, The Mist is certainly one of the most underrated movies. The movie has so many unforgettable moments, especially the ending -which by the way was different than Stephen King’s book-. Here is what Stephen King said about it: “Frank wrote a new ending that I loved. It is the most shocking ending ever and there should be a law passed stating that anybody who reveals the last 5 minutes of this film should be hung from their neck until dead.”

    1. Thank you, Moe! Glad you like the review. I just hope The Mist gets seen by more movie-goers as I am sure they will enjoy it. Regarding the ending, I had not read the book so thanks for this new piece of information that I didn’t know about before :) And I think we both agree with King, those who reveal the ending should be hung from their neck! Thanks again, Moe! 😀

  2. *******Possible Spoilers Ahead********

    The ending was so brutal, unrelenting and unexpected. It’s the type of twists like in the Mist that sets it apart from other films, and leaves us STILL talking about it 6 years later! People hate the ending because they think he rushed and made a horrible decision. However, this was likely something they all considered, and with creatures still lurking, no indication of other survivors, he opted to save them from a possibly grisly and painful death. There was certainly MORE they could have done – finding gas, another car, holing up somewhere again. Collectively, they just saw that as futile and delaying the inevitable. Of course, then the ending hits us unexpectedly. Truly a cruel lesson about giving up hope and succumbing to fear.

    1. Thank you so much for that wonderful analysis of the ending. I really appreciate you taking the time to deconstruct it in this concise and clear way. The ending is indeed brutal but I too find it a fitting one for this film. Thanks again! :)

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