Sorry all for being gone for so long. I have been in a bit of a mood I guess which didn't include watching movies. That should change now because I have a bunch of movies to get through now. A friend of mine bought the movie The Mist (2007) and asked if I had watched it yet. When I said no, he offered to let me borrow it which I thought was pretty cool of him. The Mist was a movie that I had wanted to go see on the big screen but as usual, that plan didn't work out. After I have watched it, I sort of wish I had watched it on the big screen, as I am sure some scenes would have had a bigger impact on me. Some movies, or scenes, are like that though but don't always affect how I liked the film.
The Mist starts off with a big storm actually. David Drayton (Thomas Jane) is a big time painter living in a small town. He is working on a painting when the storm hits. He gathers up his wife (Kelly Collins Lintz) and son (Nathan Gamble) and they head for the basement. The next day they head out to see what damage the storm has caused. There are downed trees, one of which smashed into David's studio. A neighbor's tree smashed up his boat house so he decides to go have a talk with his neighbor. There seems to be some bad blood between the two. But David approaches Brent (Andre Braugher) calmly and for once, they seem to be getting along. Brent asks David if he is heading into town which he is. David gives him a ride because Brent's car happens to be under a tree.
As they head into town, they see a lot of Army trucks go driving by, and they begin to talk about a base that is rumored to be up in the mountains. Once into town, Davis tries his cell phone in order to call his wife but it doesn't seem to be working. He tries a pay phone and it is also out of order. He meets up with Brent and his son inside the grocery store. The see a guy who is a MP come in and tell three soldiers that their leave has been canceled. Around this time, police cars and firetrucks go by in a hurry and the town's siren also goes off. A man comes running up with a bloody face yelling to stay out of the mist because something is in it. As the mist rolls in, the people in the store can hear the screams of the people that were still outside. So begins their ordeal.
The effects weren't too bad for this one. Not a lot of gore to be found. Only two scenes that I can really think of that had a lot of blood and gore involved. One guy gets some of his flesh ripped off and we get to see half of another person. In both cases, the gore could have been a lot worse but what we do see was just enough. There are also the CGI effects which is where the creatures come in. I thought those effects were good as well, until they interacted with the real people. I don't mean the actors looking at something that wasn't there, that was done fairly well. What I didn't think was done all that well at times was when one of the creatures would jump on someone. There were times that it turned out alright but not always. There were some really neat looking creatures though. There was one that I really wished I could have seen on the big screen.
Over all, I really enjoyed The Mist. A lot of things that I have been reading from other people that they didn't like are things that I did like about this film. I felt there was a nice balance of action and character development. One review said that anyone watching this film should just fast forward to the action parts and enjoy it that way. My thought was, if you want just action then go watch an action movie. The Mist starts off fairly quickly in making you wonder what is going on. I was worried that there wasn't going to be enough character development. As the film went on though I realized that they were sort of pacing it. Between events that happen, we learn more about the people involved. There is a lot of talk at times but I never once found it boring. Maybe it did slow the pace a little too much at times but it was still interesting.
The characters are also something I was reading a lot of complaints about. Mostly because some people found them to be characters that can be found in most films, but I have to disagree. I can't say that I have watched too many movies where a painter was the lead character. A black lawyer. A sharp shooting grocery clerk. A woman that is a bit of a religious fanatic. Okay so maybe we have seen that last one in a few movies, but I can't say they have that type of character in every movie! Speaking of the characters, I enjoyed the acting. Besides those I already named, you can find: Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden, Chris Owen and many others.
I can't say that I liked everything about The Mist. There were times I felt the characters acted in a certain way just to cause conflict between the groups that were forming. It bothered me a little, but not enough to get mad and not enjoy the rest of the film though. I have mixed feelings over the ending. I liked how it ended but at the same time, it ended on such a hard down beat. I can see why people hate the ending. But at the same time I get tired of happy endings all the time. All in all I would have to say this is one to check out for sure. I haven't read the story it is based on, but I try not to compare books to movies because the book will always win out.
4 out of 5 Very, very large creatures
5 days ago