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The Mist (2007)
Not for the weak minded
My title can be said for the characters in this movie, as well as the audience. As the summary says, it's a movie about survival. This movie had its jumps, scares, and it wasn't predictable. Better sound (both music and effects) could have added more suspense. The actors are all familiar faces.
I disliked three major things, the first being what I like to call a karma-plot, where they portray characters based on their upcoming fate. That's the best I can describe it without using examples that may insinuate on specifics of the movie. The second thing I disliked was laughing at the screen with simple suggestions. "Why don't you just...?" over and over again. The third thing was the self-shot drag-outs like in the movie Thin Red Line. The movie is based on the short story by Stephen King, and the short part is what gets dragged out. I would have liked to have seen more information in the storyline, as it mainly focused on the characters rather than the plot.
This is a story of a 13 year old girl named Luli from Nebraska, who sets off into the world after being abandoned by her parents. Like all teenagers, Luli desires freedom, and believes she's invincible. She expresses her perception of the outside world through her artwork, but the world she is so optimistic about, may not be as colorful as she imagined.
The movie uses the controversy of having an underage girl playing the role of adult, to its advantage. You will always be kept on edge, wondering if they'll "go there" with her. You'll always wonder how far they're going to take this scene, what will happen to this character. I had myself begging for certain things to happen, while being surprised with unpredictable outcomes around the corner. The suspense sort of reminded me of the movie Running Scared, in the sense that a young person had set off into the world, bound for any direction at all.
It uses story elements that I've seen in some of the best movies in the world. Chloe performs tremendously and I'm quite impressed, once again, at how well this young teenage girl handles a main role so well. We're sure to see more of her in the future. I think the supporting roles could have used better acting, to add to the realism, which would have added more invitations to interpretation.
When I heard that this movie was rated R for disturbing content involving a teen, drugs, alcohol, violence, I was worried that I was going to be shaken the wrong way and almost didn't watch. This was not the case, this movie focuses more on the transformation of a girl who thought the world was a beautiful place, into a girl who's optimism decayed at a disturbing rate.
Do not be fooled by the 5ish rating that IMDb gave it. This movie's worth your 1.5 hours.