Director: Frank Darabont
Starring: Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden, Toby Jones, Andre Braugher,
Running time: 126mins
In the aftermath of a freak storm, Dave and his son take a trip into town to get supplies to fix up their damaged house. Whilst there a strange mist envelops the town. After someone attempts to leave it becomes clear that there is danger hidden within the misty camouflage. Trapped in the town store they at least have some supplies and a good number people. However, there are contrasting views as to what is the best course of action to take, causing divisions between the people trapped inside.
As the film progresses we encounter more of the different types of threat to the assembled group of people, but whilst the threat from outside is very real it isn’t the main issue. A religious local lady is intent on pinning these events on the wrath of God for the sins of the modern age. With each event and occurrence she becomes more vehement and the number of people who are listening to her grows to the point that she has become more of a problem to the others than the dangers from outside.
I found this film to be very interesting in how the assembled group, when placed under duress, changed over time. Some rose to the challenge, some changed their entire view point and some just went outright crazy, driven on by the fervent preachings of an unhinged “prophet”.
What makes this film, though, is the ending. It really is one of those few moments in a film where you can’t actually believe what you have just seen. It is powerful and demoralising and heart-wrenching. It totally knocked me off balance and made this film maybe more impactful than it was turning out to be.
If that is Stephen King’s original ending, then kudos to him. I have an inkling that it is as it is not unlike him to end a story on a resolution, but it not be a happy one. For that reason I have more respect for this film than otherwise I would have.
Horror Rating: ★★★½☆
Overall Rating: ★★★½☆