I don’t know how it started. I don’t know if it was after watching Carla Gugino cuffed to a bed in Gerald’s Game or if it was my plight to know about Stephen King’s books, or if the decline of the libraries were the reason I resorted to watching book based movie adaptations but I somehow ended up watching “The Mist”.
I, not only watched the extremely ironic movie but also ended up watching the 2017 series with the same name (and almost the same theme). Now, I am a hardcore Stephen King fan but this post is going to be nothing about his book and I am going to concentrate fully on the 2007 movie and 2017 series. (NO SPOILERS!)
Firstly, let’s talk about the movie, in one simple term, whoever watches this movie will remember the end. According to an article by a well known publisher, Stephen King himself, seems to be astounded by the ending given by Darabont and said “there should be a law passed stating that anybody who reveals the last 5 minutes of this film should be hung from their neck until dead.” There are many great things in this movie. Great sequences, great cinematography (for 2007) and what not. But when you finish seeing the movie the one thing you won’t forget is the end. In one simple sentence, “David Drayton, your timing is pretty f***ed up”
Now let’s move on to the series. First of all, it is not the exact adaptation of the movie. There are many changes and I should say, that, even the mist is perceived and shown in a different way in the series. Of course, the smashing-at-the-glass-with-bloody-face horror and “Arrowhead project” reference remains the same but again the context seems to be different. Though there is some powerful acting from Russell Posner and Frances Conroy, the plot twists are not that major and it fails to keep its audience in it’s heels. Frankly I would have liked to see more of Government conspiracies than a rape for the entire 10 hours I spent on it. There is news that there would not be a Season 2 for Mist but there are many unanswered questions. If you are ready to sacrifice 10 hours of your life without proper information on a succeeding season and only hopes of it, you can go ahead and watch it. But again for the movie buffs who already saw “The Mist” movie, you know hope comes at a higher cost!
Overall, few takeaways from the mist, series and movie is that, “After all we are humans”. We live in a civilized society but when our balance is stuck we tend to act out. Everyone has demons residing inside them and at times they are more scary than the one’s outside. It is quiet true what Alfred Henry Lewis stated, “There are only nine meals between mankind and anarchy.”