To start off with, it's a horror movie by Frank Darabont, based on Steven King's novel of the same title. It tells the story of a strange mist that came to a small town and unleashes deadly insect-like creatures which kills the people who are trapped in the mist. A group of survivors take refuge in their local supermarket and fight for their lives.
To be frank, the number one reason I watched this movie is Laurie Holden ^^; I missed her action after watching her as the hot policewomen and Marita Covarrubias in Silent Hill and The X-Files respectively. Surprisingly, Alexa Davalos (Kyra in The Chronicle of Riddick - one of my all time favorites), Thomas Jane (The Punisher) and Andre Braugher (the annoying general in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer) are also in this movie. I was trying to recall where I first watched those actors and actresses throughout the movie, and it was quite fun (maybe just for me ^_^)
Anyway, cast aside, the story is extremely meaningful. The focus is not about the creatures coming from the mist. The amount of gore and blood is quite minimal as well. It's more about how people react in such horrible situation. Instead of cooperating with each others and try to help out as much as possible, some throw away their conscience and start believing in superstitions and lies. The creatures outside the supermarket may be killing merely because of their basic instinct, but the people inside are willing to kill each others because the a moment of irrationality in the face of such perilous threats. Sad.
There's not just mist outside, there's mist in many people's head.
"Fear changes everything" is the best summary to this movie.
Movie poster from Toxicshock.tv
This movie also talks about bad decisions made by the different characters here and there, as there are plenty of such moments. Why don't I trust that person a little more and don't open the door? Why can't I be just a little calmer and escape earlier? Why can't I have a little bit more faith before resorting to suicide? Why can't I hold on a little longer before thinking that there's no hope left for sure? These are the many sad questions the characters may be asking themselves after making their bad decisions, all which resulted in harm not only to themselves, but permanent pain to others as well. Sad.
Plenty of thoughts about life after this movie. I think it's great movie, so do check it out if you have the chance.
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