Directed by Frank Darabont.
Written by Frank Darabont.
Starring Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden and Toby
Release Year: 2007
Review Date: 11/26/07
Stephen King, Frank Darabont, "The Shawshank
Redemption." Stephen King, Frank Darabont,
"The Green Mile."
Stephen King, Frank Darabont, "The Mist." Let's
admit it--Frank Darabont just gets Stephen King, and the movie
adaptations Darabont has done of King's work has been nothing short
"The Mist" has an even simpler initial setup
than the other two King movies Darabont has done: an artist (Thomas
Jane) takes his son (Nathan Gamble) from their home in Maine to a
nearby supermarket just after a major storm. About fifty
people are in the store when a strange mist overtakes the visibility
outside the store, and a older man (Jeffrey DeMunn, who like others
in "The Mist" has appeared in other Darabont flicks of the past)
runs inside the store screaming some nonsense about how a thing just
came out of the mist and took a loved one. Then, a whole bunch
of craziness ensues.
"The Mist" is horror/sci-fi like many other
King novels, but what makes the film so great is its pacing.
90% of the movie takes place in the supermarket, and somehow
Darabont never makes this confining or rigid; he continuously
re-invents the space to give us a fresh perspective on how things
are going. The horror elements and the special effects are
sometimes cool, sometimes nasty, sometimes really bloody; but, they
aren't played out like some of the recent "horror" PG-13 movies I
have seen that rely solely on sounds or spooky faces...no, this
horror is a mix of the supernatural and how scary we as a people can
be when we are scared absolutely shitless.
And, Darabont once again has a great cast to
play this drama out. Jane has been the prototypical
up-and-down star; great in the HBO baseball film "61*", bad in
great in "Deep
Blue Sea", forgettable in another King thriller,
But, in "The Mist", he is great, mainly because he never really
dominates the screen; he's believable as the unlikely leader of
sanity within the supermarket. Bit players are great--William
Sadler, another Darabont regular, is once again superb, Laurie
Holden (who was the female lead in Darabont's
"The Majestic") is pretty good, Marcia Gay Harden as the lead
religious fanatic is great, and Toby Jones, who played Truman Capote
in a film called "Infamous", is good as a meek supermarket bagman,
and Andre Braugher even gets some play here as a skeptical New York
City lawyer who happened to pick the wrong day to visit his house in
I'll admit that there won't be many people
who love "The Mist" as much as I do; even thinking about it now,
some of the film will appear hokey to others. But, the
combination of the pace, the ideas, the acting and the brilliant
ending (yes, brilliant) all made "The Mist" great, great stuff.
Give this one a look!
Rating: Opening Weekend
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Bellview Rating System:
"Opening Weekend": This is
the highest rating a movie can receive. Reserved for movies that
exhibit the highest level of acting, plot, character development,
setting...or Salma Hayek. Not necessarily in that order.
"$X.XX Show": This price
changes each year due to the inflation of movie prices; currently,
it is the $9.50 Show. While not technically perfect, this is a
movie that will still entertain you at a very high level.
"Undercover Brother" falls into this category; it's no "Casablanca",
but you'll have a great time watching. The $9.50 Show won't win any
Oscars, but you'll be quoting lines from the thing for ages (see
"Matinee": An average movie
that merits no more than a $6.50 viewing at your local theater.
Seeing it for less than $9.50 will make you feel a lot better about
yourself. A movie like "Blue Crush" fits this category; you leave
the theater saying "That wasn't too bad...man, did you see that
Lakers game last night?"
"Rental": This rating
indicates a movie that you see in the previews and say to your
friend, "I'll be sure to miss that one." Mostly forgettable, you
couldn't lose too much by going to Hollywood Video and paying $3 to
watch it with your sig other, but you would only do that if the
video store was out of copies of "Ronin." If you can, see this
movie for free. This is what your TV Guide would give "one and a
"Hard Vice": This rating is
the bottom of the barrel. A movie that only six other human beings
have witnessed, this is the worst movie I have ever seen. A Shannon
Tweed "thriller," it is so bad as to be funny during almost every
one of its 84 minutes, and includes the worst ending ever put into a
movie. Marginally worse than "Cabin Boy", "The Avengers" or
"Leonard, Part 6", this rating means that you should avoid this
movie at all costs, or no costs, EVEN IF YOU CAN SEE IT FOR FREE!
(Warning: strong profanity will be used in all reviews of "Hard