The Mist

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When road-kill fights back...

When road-kill fights back...

 

This is the best film I have seen in a long time.

Based on a Stephen King novella of the same name, The Mist sees a small group of terrified citizens becoming trapped together in a supermarket as a mysterious white mist envelopes the entire town.

This is a creature-feature, but it’s more about paranoia, religious fanaticism and the price of hopelessness than it is about monsters. And if any of you ever wondered how fast society would break down when the pressure’s on – this film answers that question pretty accurately!

The Mist is tight and suspenseful, showing you only just enough blood to keep you on your toes, unlike the recent exercises torture porn that have dominated cinemas. The relatively static location and constantly changing threats just ratchet up the suspense.

This is a film with tension, character development, plot and action. It’s a film that will make you think long after the credits roll. It’s a film filled with metaphor and deeper meaning, but it still works as a popcorn cruncher.

And the ending is just perfect. Darabont seems to be one of few directors really capable of bringing off great endings to the stories he tells.

The Mist also shows how prevalent certain technologies have become since the original novella was written in 1980. Like many horror films now – The Mist has to make a point of showing that there is no mobile signal early on, so no one can call for help! At one point the protagonist also uses his Motorola as a flashlight in a dark room – a great touch, because using a phone-as-flashlight is something we’ve all done. In the same way, watch sales are dropping because people now use their phones as pocket-watches. Ever used a CD as a mirror? Just some examples of technologies designed for one thing finding another improvised use in real life!

But no matter how clever you are with your cell-phone, the giant tentacle creature is still going to eat you.

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