The Mist ★★★★

The Mist threatens to devolve into schlock at a number of points, but still manages to stay compelling. It's scary and fun. Marcia Gay Harden really swings for the fences; her Mrs. Carmody is incredibly annoying and loathsome.

The dialog is hokey at times, but don't be lulled into thinking you're watching Maximum Overdrive. This is much better, and has a lot more to say. It's unabashedly dark, with a wonderfully poignant final act.

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