Three-time Oscar®-nominee Frank Darabont (“The Green Mile,” “The Shawshank Redemption”) reunites with horror-master Stephen King to write and direct this chilling adaptation of the author’s original short story. Following a violent thunderstorm, artist David Drayton and a small town community come under vicious attack from creatures prowling in a thick and unnatural mist. Local rumors point to an experiment called the ‘The Arrowhead Project’ conducted at a nearby top-secret military base, but questions as to the origins of the deadly vapor are secondary to the group’s overall chances for survival. Retreating to a local supermarket, Drayton and the survivors must face-off against each other before taking a united stand against an enemy they cannot even see!
This film had gory monsters, gruesome deaths, and characters making stupid decisions. It was refreshing in one sense because of the lack of sex and nudity. However, I was really disturbed by a sub-plot involving a Christian woman who was depicted as a religious zealot. While it quickly became clear that the woman suffered from mental problems, characters in the film felt that the woman was a fanatic as soon as she began expressing her faith. This film also dealt a lot with the issues of suicide and euthanasia. The conclusions are very disturbing. If the film’s plot had remained centered around the monster attacks, I would have appreciated it more. However, the edgier subplots left the movie feeling crowded.
This film was is not awarded our Dove Seal. There was a lot of violence in this film. There was a lot of language and most of it was Biblical profanity. The issues of euthanasia and suicide also keep this film from being a family-friendly title.