Pointless Nonsense

Posted in movies by Bill on November 19, 2016

mistI’d never seen The Mist and saw it on a while back and recorded it because… I dunno, some people said it was ok. One of my first thoughts was that whoever cast The Walking Dead must have liked this movie (because Andrea, Carol and Dale are all in it), but it turns out TWD original showrunner Frank Darabont directed this. He obviously likes those actors and Stephen King, since this was his third King adaptation after Shawshank and The Green Mile.

Anyway, it stars Tom Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Andre Braugher, Toby Jones, Sam Witwer, that girl from The Chronicles of Riddick, William Sadler, Cliff Clavin’s mom, the Sherminator, and the aforementioned TWD people, all locked in a supermarket as some spooky mist has descended on a small town in Maine (naturally, because Stephen King). When people go into the mist, they don’t come back. In classic this-kind-of-thing fashion, the supernatural stuff isn’t the real threat, it’s the other people.

The special effects from 2007 look like a SyFy Original movie from 2016, the horror aspect is pretty unexceptional, and the other stuff is a mix of blunt political metaphor and that Twilight Zone episode where the power goes out and people go crazy turning on each other. You can definitely see the seeds of The Walking Dead in it, beyond just the cast. Same basic idea of people surviving a supernatural catastrophe, and the same sort of melodrama, archetype characters, and sometimes clunky dialogue, but looking for big payoff moments of horror and personal drama.

I think it’s mostly notable for a brutal ending. I’m not sure what the point of the ending is, but it is extremely dark. And I do kinda appreciate a non-happy ending, so I was pleased with that. Not enough to recommend the movie as a whole to anyone but a horror fan.


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