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Wednesday, December 5, 2007

The Mist

The Mist is probably one of the best Stephen King short stories I had ever read. And I admit when I saw the trailer it seemed like something I wanted to watch. And it was mostly.

The Mist explores the social dynamics of people trapped inside a supermarket by an unseen monster that's cloaked by a mysterious mist. As the people fight for survival not only from the monsters but from a growing faction of people following the words of a local religious nut.

The film was awesome, a great blend of suspense, horror, and even a little welcome humor. The special effects were perfect, a lot higher quality than I was expecting. The actors were just perfect for their roles.

Thomas Jane plays Billy Drayton, who is desperate to protect his 5 year old son and eventually escape the market in order to find his wife. Marcia Gay Harden is enigmatic as the local religious nut and really owns that role. Rounding out the cast are Andre Braugher, William Sadler, Frances Sternhagen, Alexa Davalos, and Chris Owen.

Sadly while the movie is mostly a fun and intense ride, it is hindered but one of the most upsetting and depressing endings I have ever witnesses. Consider your self warned.