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I watched the film ‘The Mist’ last night. *For anyone who hasn’t seen the movie or read the book and wants to at some point then stop here because this contains spoilers.* I thought it was a great movie but the twist at the end left me feeling a little perplexed. In Hollywood movies we are so used to the hero defeating evil at the end and everyone lives happily ever after. Don’t get me wrong I love a more realistic ending where there is no happily ever after because that’s a lot more like real life but this film puts a bit of a downer on hope. By the end of the film all the people that tried to save themselves ended up dead and the guy who was the most logical and most willing to do what it took ended up losing everything after fighting for it so hard. OK I can relate to this idea a little because I have fought for things and lost them but the idea that everyone who took action ended up with nothing is a bit warped to me. The people who seemingly survived were the scared little sheep and the ones who took their lives in their own hands got nothing. I don’t think this is an idea that we should promote to the general public! The film ends with the main guy shooting the other people that decided to run with him in the head as they had nowhere left to go. With no bullets left the guy gets out the car to meet his maker and moments later tanks and the army show up with trucks of survivors and are getting rid of the Mist. Sick, messed up ending. I can see why the screenplay writer did this, it’s a very clever twist and very dramatic but it’s pretty intense! The music leading up to this moment is also very eerie and you definitely notice it.

The film was thought provoking to say the least. I loved the part when the seemingly smarter people are discussing how the rest of the people are going to react to being stuck in the store with the religious nut who to some were appearing to be a psychic or outlet of God. Extreme fear seemed to make people believe the religious rubbish that was being spouted as the situation went on and people began to gang up on eachother. It displayed very interesting points of view. At least they portrayed that extreme religious views was related to stupidity and pure evil which is evident everywhere in the world. I was very glad when the crazy God lady got shot in the head I have to admit.

The film is based on a book by Stephen King with the same name.  The book had a different ending where the people in the car drove off into a seemingly hopeful way to a place where they believed they would find safety. An ambiguous ending for sure but you get left with the feeling of optimism that they escaped and survived. Far different from the movie’s ending. King is famed for being the inspiration of lots of great movies. Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile and Misery to name but a few, which also feature as some of my favourite films. I really should read more from this author. I read Duma Key and that is one of my favourite books of all time. The guy is a genius. I would definitely recommend him if you are looking for something to read, however as I have been told I have an interest in the dark and criminal world. If you do decide to read or watch any of this stuff enjoy!

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