Friday, 7 January 2011

The Mist Review...

The Mist is a 2007 thriller based on the 1980 novel of the same name by Stephen King. The film is written and directed by Frank Darabont, who had previously adapted Stephen King's works The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile. Darabont had been interested in adapting The Mist for the big screen since the 1980s. The director revised the ending of the film to be darker than the novel's ending, a change to which Stephen King was amenable. Unique creature designs were also sought to differ from creatures in past films. The Mist performed well at the box office and received generally positive reviews. Although a monster movie, the central theme is what ordinary people will be driven to do under extraordinary circumstances. The plot revolves around members of the small town of Bridgton, Maine, who conceal themselves in a local supermarket when a violent thunderstorm cuts off the power. While they struggle to survive an unnatural mist which envelops the town and conceals vicious, otherworldly monsters, extreme tensions rise among the survivors.

The Mist was an extremely well made film that had me hooked from beginning to end, despite it's low budget. In paticular, i was really impressed by the ending, which is one of the best i've seen in a while. Despite somehow knowing the ending, i felt it was a strong and brave move by the director and production team that gives the movie the ending it deserves. Another strong piece of filmmaking was the scenes where the group of people kill the soldier. Again though, i was more hooked on the curiosity and mysteriousness of the mist, but as soon as monsters appeared, the film lost a bit of tension. However, the film was so well made and the mosters and story so strong that this didn't particularly effect the film. This is a thriller that i'd be happy to watch over and over again.

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