As a general rule, I don't tend to like horror movies, unless they're exceptional. ("Alien" and "The Sixth Sense" would top my list there.) I don't go near slasher crap, and I much prefer suspense.
"The Mist" is Horror with a capital 'H', but I watched it because it was Frank Darabont adapting Stephen King (plus, there seemed to be a bit of a sci-fi element to it), and I was not disappointed. In fact, I was totally blown away. This movie grabbed me by the jugular from the first scenes and didn't let go.
Even with all the terrifying things coming from the mist, the greatest horror the characters face comes from each other; and while many people complain about the ending, to me it was incredibly effective, and absolutely devastating.
If I have any problem with "The Mist", it was with the uneven CGI--at times brilliant, and at others too obviously fake. But the story hooked me so much, none of that mattered. A masterpiece.
Worth It for Norton's Performance
Reviewed by KHL for Primal Fear at 2008-05-06 18:00:42
Edward Norton still hasn't lived up to the potential of his first-ever film, Primal Fear (he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor). He's done some good films (Fight Club) and some bad films (The Illusionist) since then. I feel sure he's Oscar worthy if only he could find the perfect role, and this one comes close. My husband, who can generally figure out even the most obscure plot twists, did not see this ending coming, so I disagree with the Hound that it's 'obvious'.
Worth seeing at least once.