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The Mist

The Mist

Frank Darabont (2007)

120min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Smoke machines and B-movie clichés go into overdrive in a Stephen King adaptation that's actually more interested in metaphors than monsters. Thomas Jane plays a small-town Maine resident who becomes trapped in a grocery store with a ragtag group of locals when a mysterious mist rolls over the Eastern Seaboard. As monstrous tentacles and mutant insects emerge from the fog, the captive townsfolk split into factions, with a batty old maid (Marcia Gay Harden) preaching fire and brimstone while Jane's resourceful hero prefers a more hands-on approach to their dilemma. Frank Darabont previously wrote and directed two less fantastical King adaptations (The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption); in contrast,The Mist is more like a 1950s monster movie with McCarthyite panic replaced by warnings about the dangers of religious fanaticism. The claustrophobic setting and committed ensemble cast give it a certain frisson, although it's difficult to reconcile Darabont's verbosely serious screenplay with the slightly ludicrous giant bugs.

Summary

A small town is cloaked in a deep mysterious cloud of mist, and anyone who ventures into its depths is attacked by vicious monsters. A group of survivors seeks shelter in a supermarket, but internal conflicts soon drive them apart as two factions form with very different ideas of how to survive the crisis. Horror, based on Stephen King's novel and starring Thomas Jane and Marcia Gay Harden.

Cast & Crew

David Drayton Thomas Jane
Mrs Carmody Marcia Gay Harden
Amanda Dumfries Laurie Holden
Brent Norton André Braugher
Ollie Weeks Toby Jones
Jim Grondin William Sadler
Dan Miller Jeffrey DeMunn
Irene Reppler Frances Sternhagen
Sally Alexa Davalos
Billy Nathan Gamble
Private Jessup Sam Witwer
Biker Brian Libby
Director Frank Darabont
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Momentum Theatrical Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 4 Jul 2008

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