This is my 12th of 31 reviews of Stephen King adaptations as part of the joint Blogathon that Darren (of Movie Reviews 101) and I are running this month in honor of the great horror writer.
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Number of Times Seen – 2 (29 May 2011 and 8 Oct 2015)
Brief Synopsis – After a mysterious mist covers their town killing all who touch it, the survivors manage to find shelter in a grocery store, but they have trouble agreeing as to what to do to survive.
My Take on it – To his credit, Frank Darabont has directed only 4 movies and 3 of them are spectacular IMHO. This movie, his fourth and latest (so far) is very good, but still doesn’t reach the heights and feelings that resonate when viewing The Shawshank Redemption (1994), The Green Mile (1999) or even The Majestic (2001).
Stephen King is known for his elaborate character descriptions and development in his novels and Darabont takes that information and puts it directly on the screen for us.
The characters are all very different, but they are extremely well developed which lets us understand each and every one of them that much better.
Due to the diversity of all the characters, it leaves things open for great debate between them all and we are treated to such amazing dialogue between them all in many different kinds of situations.
The themes explored here are eerily similar to the ones prevalent in Darabont’s TV series, The Walking Dead and makes both of them very entertaining to watch.
In addition to similar themes, it’s quite interesting how there are lots of similarities between the character archetypes in both as well as many of the same actors (some of whom appear in all of Darabont’s work).
The horror aspect here is a bit too much for my taste and I would have been happier if it would have been toned down a bit, but it definitely gets the point across and is a very enjoyable movie to watch.
Bottom Line – Great movie because of the diverse characters and opinions which help create so much debate among them. Darabont once again does an amazing job adapting this book to the screen. Its easy to see how this is a precursor for Darabont’s TV series The Walking Dead in themes, characters and even actors. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Stephen King says that he was genuinely frightened by this adaption of his novel; Frank Darabont described that as the happiest moment of his career. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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