Wednesday, November 21, 2007
The Mist is a zombie movie without all the zombies. Of course, the best zombie movies (Romero’s, 28 Weeks Later, even Shaun of the Dead) aren’t really about the zombies at all. The zombies are just the pressure, a faceless reminder of the inevitability of an ugly, unsentimental demise. It’s really about the people, you see, and how slowly (or quickly) civility get thrown out the window when the survival instinct overpowers rational thought. So goes The Mist. When it focuses on the people – melodramatic though they may be – it’s at its best. It’s when the monsters come charging out of the mist that things get a little wonky.