Reviewed by: Christopher Johnston
|Featuring||Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Andre Braugher, Laurie Holden, Toby Jones, William Sadler, Frances Sternhagen, Jeffrey DeMunn|
|Distributor||The Weinstein Company|
“Belief divides them, mystery surrounds Them, but fear changes everything”
Castle Rock, Maine is just your ordinary, run-of-the-mill lakeside town. And David Drayton is a successful artist with a loving wife and little boy who live in a nice home by the lake. Little does David know that a strong storm will turn his little town—and life completely upside-down and shaken.
You see, a strange, thick mist rolls over the lake and into the town. David has driven his son, Billy and Mr. Norton, his next door neighbor to the local supermarket to buy supplies to repair storm damage back at the house when the mist hits. The only problem with the mist besides not being able to see through it is some very unfriendly—and hungry critters from another world. David, his son and a large crowd of locals find themselves trapped in the supermarket trying to keep whatever is out there from coming in.
What follows next is a couple of hours of screaming, gore, lots of profanity and a very liberal dose of God’s name being used in vain. It’s bad enough for David to try and calm down his terrified son, but things really go downhill when the local lunatic, Mrs. Carmody, starts preaching to the people in the store, and tells them that God is pouring out His Wrath on all humanity. She eventually succeeds in forming a little cult that wants to do human sacrifices to appease God and send the monsters away. And David decides it’s time to try to escape the supermarket with his son and whoever will follow him to get as far away as possible from town and hopefully, the mist.
The plot in the movie is somewhat weak. It was hard to understand where the mist came from until the middle of the movie, when a trapped soldier in the supermarket vaguely confessed to a military experiment that went wrong up on the mountain. Dubbed the “Arrowhead Project”, military scientists on the mountain lost control of the experiment and allowed a whole legion of uglies to enter Castle Rock and the surrounding region via the mist. It’s not possible to know if the mist is localized, or covers the entire country.
There is a lot of profanity in the movie. There are no less than 18 F-words, 28 S-words, 8 A-words, and 7 other bad words and obscene sexual references. And that’s only the tip of the iceberg in offensiveness.
The character Mrs. Carmody makes an absolute mockery of God and Christianity in general. The makers of this movie have her portrayed as an insane lunatic who preaches the Word and blesses her subjects with liberal amounts of obscenities. Mrs. Carmody makes God out to be a vengeful, bloodthirsty being who is bent on destroying humanity by sending hungry monsters. Even a biker in the store looks at her and says, “Lady, I believe in God, but I don’t think he’s the cosmic A** that you make him out to be.” Mrs. Carmody spends a good amount of time telling people to repent, turn from their sins, or else God’s wrath will come upon them in a most unpleasant way. She completely misses the point in that God has already paid the price of sin through His Son Jesus Christ. And speaking of Jesus, it’s very unfortunate that His name is only used as part of a swear word or an exclamation of surprise.
The Bible is very clear about keeping God’s name holy. This movie trashes His Holy Name. And another thing that people need to be aware of when they consider this movie is: Jesus Christ came down to Earth from Heaven to give His Life so that we may be saved. God loves us so much that He was willing to send His only Son to die a horrible, painful death as payment for our sins. And if we confess His name and believe that He died for us, we will spend all eternity with Him. The Bible promises that.
If there is anything positive to say about the movie, it’s the strong bond between father and son, and the selflessness of several other people who put themselves in harm’s way to save others. But that’s about it. Everything else about the movie is extremely negative. Spoiler Warning: There is no happy ending. This movie will leave one depressed and feeling hopeless when it’s over. They should put up a banner over the theater entrance that says, “Abandon all hope, ye who enter here”.
In conclusion, if you’re considering seeing “The Mist,” think again. I found this movie to be very offensive and blasphemous. It’s depressing and full of despair. The movie sends a strong message that Christians are nothing more than loony fanatics who preach about an angry God out for blood. My convictions will not allow me to recommend this movie to anyone for any reason.
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