The Unspeakable Challenge: day 30, movie 30.
Commercial artist and family man David Drayton (Thomas Jane) goes into town after a strange storm wrecks his home. While there, a mysterious and seemingly deadly mist billows through, trapping dozens of people in the local supermarket. The mist contains grotesque, alien life-forms, and within moments those in the supermarket find themselves under siege. However, the supermarket itself becomes threatening when religious maniac Mrs Carmody (Marcia Gay Harden) begins to turn survivor against survivor, demanding human sacrifice to appease her dark, vengeful God…
The Mist, adapted from Stephen King’s short story by Frank Darabont, who also directed is a top quality monster movie. Darabont’s script is very good, and the direction is dynamic without losing the intimate nature of the story. The acting in the film is exemplary: there isn’t a poor performance in the whole piece.
You’ll see a lot of Darabont regulars (Jeffrey DeMunn, Laurie Holden, Melissa McBride) as well as some familiar movie faces (William Sadler, Andre Braugher, Francis Sternhagen). There are also some great character actors, chief among these Toby Jones as Ollie the assistant manager, who is wonderful. The plot itself is also very good: the mist is a narrative MacGuffin, a means to explore some human problems.
The survivors split into three factions: the realists, lead by Drayton; the rationalists, lead by Brent Norton (Andre Braugher); and the religious, lead by Carmody. For the realists, this is an exercise in dealing with the problem; for the rationalists, it is a denial of the problem; and for the religious it is a sign of the End Times, and they hijack the situation for their own warped reasons.
This gives a microcosm of real world problems, denialism and religious fanaticism will stop humans from approaching a situation with a clear head.Tweet