THE MIST Add To My Top 10
Release Date: November 21, 2007
Genre: Horror/Suspense Thriller
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 127 minutes
Director: Frank Darabont
Writer: Frank Darabont
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Following a violent thunderstorm, artist David Drayton (Thomas Jane) and a small town community come under vicious attack from creatures lurking in a thick and unnatural mist. When a tree crashes down on Drayton’s house, he and his son Billy (Nathan Gamble) go into town to buy food and supplies to repair the house. Before they can return, the eerie mist settles in and the town is soon under siege.
No one knows what the mist is or where it is from, but people soon begin disappearing or are “taken” into the mist. Once it is revealed that the mist is shrouding some sort of creatures, the question becomes what are they and where are they from. Is this a judgment from God? Is it a horrible nightmare from which they will all soon awake? Rumors point to an experiment called the 'The Arrowhead Project' conducted at a nearby top-secret military base, but the origin of the deadly vapor becomes secondary to the group's chances for survival. The most unexpected challenge becomes whether the greatest danger will be the creatures in the mist or the other people trapped in the store.
The storyline in THE MIST is somewhat weak, as viewers are never given a clear explanation of the origin of the creatures or how they come to arrive in the town. The movie also never reveals the correlation between the creatures and the mist, except of the element of suspense it adds to the production value. However, the writing and characterization are very strong. The people don’t just accept that creatures are after them, but constantly question how can this be reality. The cast is impressive, even though many of the actors are new to film. Thomas Jane shows strength as a leader and tenderness as a father. Nathan Gamble displays a surprising range of emotion and brings depth to his character, even as a young actor. And, Marcia Gay Harden is a convincing religious fanatic whose “doomsday” preaching adds horror to an already terrifying story. Her character is also quite offensive and that will be explained further in the following paragraph. Special effects with the mist and creatures are detailed and strong, and the diverse use of camera angles and shots add to the suspense.
Despite the higher quality of the production and acting, the film is still packed full of offensive and non-Christian material. The foul language is immense and the gory and bloody violence is disturbing. This is definitely not a film for those with a weak stomach. And, beyond the creature violence, viewers are thrown into a “Lord of the Flies” type scenario where the townspeople begin to turn on each other. Beyond the three suicides shown, there are also multiple murders and an extremely disturbing scene involving “mercy killings” – and a child is murdered in that scene.
The person who eventually takes over as leader of the group, Mrs. Carmody (Marcia Gay Harden), starts off on a positive note preaching that this may be a judgment from God and anyone who doesn’t know God needs to repent and ask Him for forgiveness. But, in the next breath she is cursing and threatening violence. Also, the other people mock her claims of hearing from God. In fact, almost everyone considers her a “loon.” Then, as she convinces others to join her side, she is depicted as a cult leader, with one person stating “let’s get out of here before someone starts drinking the Kool-Aid” (a reference to cult leader Jim Jones, a radical socialist, and the mass suicide he led in the 1970s). Mrs. Carmody quickly turns from repentance and quoting the Bible, to preaching that God wants blood sacrifice, and they need to offer the unbelievers to the creatures. So her character becomes blasphemous, evil, manipulative, and murderous – while all the time still claiming to be speaking “God’s will.”
There are also some Romantic elements in the movie, represented by such lines as “people are basically good” and the need for “faith in humanity.” The Humanist examples are lines such as “people become like animals and just want to kill each other,” along with some spurious reasons offered about why “people invented politics and religion” to deal with their problems.
THE MIST is packed full of offensive, non-Christian material. The foul language is immense, and the gory and bloody violence is extremely disturbing. Romantic elements are represented by such lines as “people are basically good.” The character who believes in God is considered a “crazy woman” and leads the people into becoming a murderous mob. Thus, the movie contains a very strong humanist worldview with a rejection of seeking God for help. The true redemptive message of Jesus Christ is either ignored or grossly misrepresented.