King's 'Mist' in a soupy fog

The Baltimore Sun

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.

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