The Mist, slack yet also bludgeoning, derives from a taut, skillful Stephen King novella about a "white and bright but nonreflecting" fogbank that sweeps through a small Maine town. It becomes increasingly terrifying in its "impartiality" and resistance to the normal influences of weather and environment.
A few dozen town residents and tourists hole up in the local food market and discover that the mist hides a menagerie of giant, mutant-like man-eaters. Just as frightening as the fog of inter-species war from the outside is the fog of paranoia inside.
The Mist (The Weinstein Co./MGM) Starring Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden, Andre Braugher, Toby Jones. Directed by Frank Darabont. Rated R. Time 127 minutes.