The Mist (2007)
Written and Directed by: Frank Darabont, based on the novella by Stephen King
Starring: Thomas Jane, Laurie Holden, Marcia Gay Harden, Andre Braugher, Toby Jones, William Sadler, Nathan Gamble, Jeffrey DeMunn, Frances Sternhagen, Alexa Davalos, Sam Witwer, David Jensen, Melissa McBride
The latest film adaptation of a Stephen King novella (of course, a Stephen King novella works out to a two hour movie), about a sleepy New England town, much like your own hometown, where a spooky mist traps a whole bunch of people in a grocery store.
I remember when this was out in theatres, we all referred to it as Fog Lite. However, instead of ghost lepers (or gorillas) in the mist, we have freaky monsters from another dimension, all of which seem to be carnivorous. What did they eat when they couldn't get people? Who cares. While trapped in the grocery store, the people have to deal with a super-religious fuck-o who insists that the mist is God's revenge for their sinful ways.
Anyway, the movie was alright. The monsters were kind of cool, and nasty enough to make me worry. As Mr. Red pointed out while we were watching it, there was a kind of feeling of "Okay, what's the scary thing in this one? Tentacles? Yeah, tentacles are scary. How about spiders? Everybody hates spiders. Let's put lots of spiders. Mist? Sure, why not".
The monsters looked okay - the CGI was not too bad and having them shrouded in mist most of the time was a good thing. The acting was pretty good, I actually liked the kid for once. However the writing was a little bit... lacking.
I dunno, the characters had some logic malfunctions. That's to be expected in a movie like this, I mean, if everybody's really smart and stays inside, you have no movie (or maybe only half a movie. Mind you, this is as long as two movies, so maybe it's not a bad idea).
And then there's the ending, which is supposedly 'one of the most shocking horror film endings ever', which I have to dispute, being a little wanker. The ending was horrible to watch and a little sickening, but it wasn't shocking. I knew that was what was going to happen. I was hoping it wasn't going to happen, but it did. I wasn't shocked.
Aaaanyway, the movie was alright. It wasn't great. It had some creepy moments. It was relatively entertaining. Woo.