The Mist Review

Topics: The Mist, The Shawshank Redemption, Stephen King Pages: 3 (942 words) Published: October 21, 2012
The apocalypse is a common subject addressed in films and such Doomsday scenarios have become increasingly popular since the beginning of the Cold War. These films provide a different cause for the downfall of human kind and approach the subject with various degrees of despair and hope. Despite the obvious differences in approach that different directors take, these films all serve to highlight not only the negative qualities of human kind that led to and are represented by the agent of destruction but also to highlight the strength of the survivors who keep the will to fight for their lives despite the bleak circumstances. For the most part, The Mist, adapted from a Stephen King novella, sticks closely to the archetype. The Mist, a thriller written, produced and directed by Frank Darabont, was released on November 21 2007 by Dimension Films studio. Darabont is a Hungarian-American film director, screenwriter and producer who has been nominated for three Academy Awards and a Golden Globe. He has directed the films The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, and The Mist, all based on stories by Stephen King. The film begins when David Drayton (played by Thomas Jane) , his son, Billy (played by Nathan Gamble), and his neighbor, Brent Norton( played by Andre Brauer), go to the local store to buy supplies after a big storm. As they enter the store, they meet a lot of the small town’s inhabitants. Among them a cold and angry Christian woman named Mrs. Carmody (played by Marcia Gay Harden), some conscious liberal old people, down to earth good-guys and military personnel. Shortly after their arrival a thick fog arrives, and a man claims that there is “something in the mist”. Screaming from slow moving people seems to prove that. The people in the store then close the doors, try to find out what´s going on, and try to survive as groups of people start competing for power. Mrs. Carmody claims that this is a punishment from God as she tries to take control over the...
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