Continuing on with my Frank Darabont/ Stephen King book to film adaptation kick, I watched The Mist, and thoroughly enjoyed my time with the film. Based off of King’s short story of the same name, the film chronicles how a mysterious mist envelopes a small town, and how a man named David Drayton (Thomas Jane) and his young son Billy become trapped in a convenience store. No one can leave the store, due to the fact that there are bloodthirsty creatures in the mist outside. As the film progresses, the townspeople slowly start to distrust each other and lose their sanity.
The acting is good, if somewhat hammy at times. There are some extremely talented actors in this film, including Toby Jones, Marcia Gay Harden, Sam Witwer, Laurie Holden, and Melissa McBride. Sam Witwer, in particular, stood out to me (and not just because he’s devastatingly handsome).
The Mist perfectly captures the feeling of claustrophobia and panic that the story echoes, and the tight shots and (mostly) single location only add to the incredible tension. One of the flaws of this film, though, are the CG effects. They don’t look realistic at all, but this is easily forgiven, since the story is so strong.
I had fun with The Mist, and the ending was a gut punch. The acting is solid, and the story is fascinating. The characters are interesting, and the atmosphere of the film is incredible. Sure, the creature effects are dodgy, but it’s not a deal breaker.