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RE: RE: - 18/11/2008 12:44:03 PM   
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Great Film and what an Ending Darabont does it again with a top grade StephenKing Novella
Criminally Overlooked this has word of mouth DVD classic all over it
See this now 
9.5/10

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RE: RE: - 18/11/2008 12:52:50 PM   
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quote:

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am i seriously like the only person that hated the bleak ending? I really couldn't stand how dark it ended, urgh depressing. Overall i liked the movie and would love to see the black and white version but its just the ending that left a really sour taste in my mouth.


That's the idea.....


sour = bad. I like happy endings! Or at least endings that aren't as bleak as The Mist was.

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Great film... - 18/11/2008 5:38:18 PM   
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Finally an intelligent horror film! Monsters were meant to eb a little different i think...i kinda dug that. They could have gone the whole giant spider route but they wanted to make it a lil different.

Im guessing the 9/11 reference is regarding the fevour which the people get whipped up into and dragged into the ridiculous, over-recationary fundamentalism of it all. I didnt think it was too OTT persoanlly and i really liked that the film had the bravery to say wht it had to say.

Bravo Frank and co...great film.

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RE: Great film... - 19/11/2008 8:20:54 AM   
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I think the film's finishing tone was probably what denied it a major cinema run. It seemed a little too out of sorts with the rest of the film. It wouldn't have been a nice enjoyable Friday night out, as it has none of the pantomime horror elements that films like the Saws etc use to get away with the gratuity of their gore-porn.

I loved the ambiguity of what had actually happened. Little pieces of information are given but it retains the mystery of the unknown.

But I thinks this film's rightful home is on DVD.

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scootster says - 19/11/2008 6:25:46 PM   
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we only have to look at shawshank and the green mile to know what an amazin story teller king is and how good darabont is at bringin these stories to the big screen, lets not make comparisons this is a horror of sorts anyway i bought the 2 disc with the black n white version this i would agree is the better version it polishes or covers up the dodgy cgi. the character's i thought were good & it was a bold ending but i just felt it was a bit subdued maybe not enough excitement as say 30 days of night i know its a vampire movie but still a horror eh? it reminded me of what fear can do to people in rare circumstances and even although to some the unseen the fact that the mist was surrounding the nasties this was where i thought the movie worked very well. a shocking ending and to be honest a no nonsense approach, lets be honest its a decison that someone im sure has made in other instances when true fear has totally engulfed you as a human being. one too many stars but worth a view defo. bye for now

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RE: scootster says - 20/11/2008 12:00:26 PM   
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One of the great things was the variety of the creatures - after the first attack I thought ok, they are gonna be stuck in the supermarket battling something with tentacles. But then we had insects, pterodactyl type beasties chasing them, the horrible spiders, and then an oversized praying mantis outside. The entire bloody ecosystem had turned up including the giant one at the end that looked like an AT-AT out of Star Wars.

I wonder what actually happened to the people who stayed inside the Supermarket?

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RE: scootster says - 20/11/2008 12:24:01 PM   
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I wonder what actually happened to the people who stayed inside the Supermarket?


Someone told me (based on something subtle they'd picked up) that the mist was clearing from that direction - so they should have stayed in the supermarket after all!

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RE: scootster says - 20/11/2008 12:39:38 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Fluke Skywalker

I wonder what actually happened to the people who stayed inside the Supermarket?


Someone told me (based on something subtle they'd picked up) that the mist was clearing from that direction - so they should have stayed in the supermarket after all!


Shame the people in there had gone insane. How about the woman who'd left at the start to go find her kid - she went past Thomas Jane at the end and was fine!

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RE: scootster says - 20/11/2008 12:55:03 PM   
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Have you seen Croco Dundee? Remember that bit at the start when he does his magic stuff with the bull in the road (and later with the dogs at the mansion)? She got through it all right because can do that same trick with the monsters.

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RE: scootster says - 20/11/2008 1:04:28 PM   
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darabont proves himself a one hit wonder - 26/11/2008 2:56:46 PM   
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Don't know how empire can give this 4 stars. The acting was hammy, the characters' emotional reaction to their predicament totally without insight or cogency, with only the one dimensional religious zealot proving even remotely interesting. This was a bland, uninspired effort from Darabont who seems to have struck lucky with the wonderful Shawshank Redemption. The Green Mile was mildly better than this, but not by much; it was a film that thought itself much more intelligent and poetic than it actually was. A real shame. I bet a lot of people like me were waiting on something special here, and are very disappointed. What potential there was in this premise, and how short it falls. And that soldier fella with the ridiculous waxed eyebrows? Who was in charge of casting? Hand your head in shame, Darabont.

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Well i liked it - 14/12/2008 9:43:45 PM   
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I really enjoyed it on Empire's recommendation.  Yes the CGI was pap but not the worst i have ever seen considering the budget (thinking I am Legend as a comparison and i bet they had a much bigger budget), i really enjoyed Marcia Gay Harden's performance that character was absolutely venomous even before she went fully loopy and it was miles better than the shakey shitfest that was cloverfield!!

Torn on the ending though it did have the shock ending that empire has alluded to but the mist seemed to clear so quickly it almost undermined what had come only seconds before it.  Any idea what happened to his neighbor though after he left the store?  Are we to assume he survived (since we saw the woman who left at the start of their siege on the rescue truck??) or that he met something nasty, suppose it doesn't matter but hate the ambiguity!!

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RE: darabont proves himself a one hit wonder - 15/12/2008 1:06:30 PM   
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Don't know how empire can give this 4 stars. The acting was hammy, the characters' emotional reaction to their predicament totally without insight or cogency, with only the one dimensional religious zealot proving even remotely interesting. This was a bland, uninspired effort from Darabont who seems to have struck lucky with the wonderful Shawshank Redemption. The Green Mile was mildly better than this, but not by much; it was a film that thought itself much more intelligent and poetic than it actually was. A real shame. I bet a lot of people like me were waiting on something special here, and are very disappointed. What potential there was in this premise, and how short it falls. And that soldier fella with the ridiculous waxed eyebrows? Who was in charge of casting? Hand your head in shame, Darabont.


While I disagree with everything else you've written I have to say that guy's eyebrows do deserve a mention - how the fuck did he get away with that in the army?

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I wish I'd Mist this one - 18/12/2008 9:59:59 AM   
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Terrible, terrible, terrible. Why gather a great cast of actors - William Sadler et al, but give the lead role to half-wit who has the 'Friends' skill of bad parenting. Some of the scenes were absolute tripe, especially the macho-I'll-go-and-fix-the-generator rubbish at the start. Whatever happened to his lawyer neighbour? What the hell was Darabont thinking with that ending (not helped by terrible acting) ? Fair play to him for trying something non-Hollywood, but Jesus !!! I'm starting to worry for Darabont, he seems to be following the M. Night Shamealot (sic) road to ruin.

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RE: The Mist - 18/12/2008 9:58:43 PM   
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Very average. The acting was pretty awful but the film is still unsettling at points and I did like Frank Darabont's direction, it was nice to see such an established director take on something that would usually fall in a B-Movie film-maker's lap, despite being from the mind of Stephen King. The ending was depressing and ultimately the best part of the film but it really didn't do much for me.

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RE: The Mist - 19/12/2008 9:52:22 PM   
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Stunning.

Just finished watching it and I was totally engulfed by the film. Everything worked.

I don't think I've ever hated a character as much as I've hated Maria Gay Hayden's bible basher. Dear god after her first few speachers I was literally praying for her to be killed by the creatures or just to die anyway. Her last scene made me react out loud to the TV, was literally cheering at the TV.

The ending was very very bleak and quite stunning, not something you'll see in an everyday film, but this isn't an everyday film I guess. As shocking as everyone describes it I think that the way the religious hoard in the supermarket react and turn on the army guy was just deeply deeply shocking. To see how humans can be swayed and their views changed so easily is really disturbing.


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Oh god, the ending..... - 19/12/2008 9:54:14 PM   
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This is a terrific horror film. Well acted, suspenseful and genuineIy scary
I wont disclose what happens at the end but needless to say, it's staggeringly depressing. But it's refreshing to see that not everything works out at the end....

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RE: Oh god, the ending..... - 27/12/2008 3:45:29 PM   
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Finally saw this last night and thought it was excellent.

The CGI was poor and on paper this has 'failure' written all over it, but through a mix of great cast, great characters, established direction and tight, tense script it worked in almost every department. The now infamous ending was absolutely gobsmacking. I was in a state of bleak despair for a while after it had finished and still am to an extent. Recommended.

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NOT one of the best horror movies in recent years EMPIRE! - 28/12/2008 11:07:53 PM   
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Come on Empire...this is not anywhere near one of the best horror movies in recent years and does not deserve 4 stars whatsoever. You have got it wrong...again! Good characterisation but horrendous CGI made even worse when watched in hi-def on blu-ray. Reasonably good gory moments but certainly not enough tension and effective frights for an atmospheric horror. The ending is not sensational as people are making out but utterly disappointing, unconvincing and unbelievable and quite predictable in my opinion. Darabont definitely had a one hit wonder with shawshank.

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RE: NOT one of the best horror movies in recent years E... - 31/12/2008 1:22:43 AM   
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well i know where the budget went. after a slew of poorly designed creatures (they all had comical faces) we're shown that huge bloody great thing at the end. !!!
that was very cool.

the rest of the film =

woah.

unfortunately i saw the ending coming, after he shot his kid i knew the army would turn up. which was a shame, but that was cos i'd read so many times bout how bleak the ending was, so i was just thinking "whats the worst that can happen"

still a good film over-all, not brilliant, but good. it has it's moments but the first major attack for example was pretty boring, and the pharmacy scene was again a bit of a let down.
but i was over the freaking moon when psycho bitch got shot.
thats my moment of the year for cinema.
could have watched that shot 20 times over and not get bored.

in all then **** from me. but i surely wont forget it any time soon...

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RE: NOT one of the best horror movies in recent years E... - 31/12/2008 11:40:19 AM   
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actually this morning i'm feeling 5*'s would be more accurate.
just for the ending 20 minutes.

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RE: NOT one of the best horror movies in recent years E... - 31/12/2008 2:18:22 PM   
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3rd post in a row i know, but i forget to mention the soundtrack. the music at the end is amazing.

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RE: NOT one of the best horror movies in recent years E... - 31/12/2008 2:36:21 PM   
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The soundtrack is immense. The final track as the tank emerges from the mist is goosebumperific.

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RE: NOT one of the best horror movies in recent years E... - 31/12/2008 2:48:06 PM   
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The soundtrack is immense. The final track as the tank emerges from the mist is goosebumperific.



isnt that the same track that plays for like the last 20 minutes?
i love how over the end credits you just hear sounds of vehicles slowly going by.
i kept checking back to the film to see if there was a coda...

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RE: NOT one of the best horror movies in recent years E... - 2/1/2009 6:15:03 PM   
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The Mist
[image]http://img511.imageshack.us/img511/7369/cigarsharehf9.jpg[/image]

Positives
1. Excellent concept that doesn't get revealed until later in the film.
2. Nice sense of dread and impending doom once the mist arrives.
3. The movie wastes no time in introducing the menacing mist. There is no waiting around for it.
4. Real cool and intriguing creatures are introduced as the movie progresses.
5. Bittersweet ending that was definately unexpected.....
6. Although we've seen dangerous "Fog" movies, the mist still brings with it a sense of doom.
7. Real cool "hatching" scene.
8. I liked how we don't get any information about what is happening outside of the grocery store. We are left in the dark...is the mist occuring worldwide?! or is it just limited to the town?! I like that type of intrigue.

[image]http://img444.imageshack.us/img444/5990/flowers006ek1.jpg[/image]
 
Negatives
1. The dialogue between the town's people seems really forced. Especially during hostile scenes, it just wasn't convincing enough, it really let me down considering it is a Stephen King novel and a Darabont film.
2. Some of the CGI is bad, not 'I AM LEGEND' bad, but close to it.   
3. While the creatures towards the end of the movie were super cool and sent my imagination soaring....they should have had more screen time.
4. While we are told of the mists origin, just a little more information for us science geeks would have been really nice.
5. A tighter script could have made the film more suspenseful or maybe perhaps better casting call was needed.
6. Where were the town's law enforcement ?
7. The little boy's lines were too grown up at times, he was almost philosophical at times during what should have been a really frightening time for any kid.

[image]http://img504.imageshack.us/img504/350/cigarsharefr7.jpg[/image]


*Final Verdict ......3/5......


[image]http://img141.imageshack.us/img141/2512/karolinakurkova04ep1.jpg[/image]

*Loved the concept of why the mist arrives. Hated the dialogue and the casting, the chemistry was totally off between most of the characters. So add that to a medicore script and the film fell apart in that department for me. Otherwise the movie was interesting and kept me on edge, when the characters weren't fighting with one another that is.
I never read the book, so I dont know how close the film was kept to it, but Im almost sure that the book is probably scarier. I did enjoy the ending though....as uneven as it was. If you liked 30 Days of Night, check this one out, it has kind of the same scenerio....with less gore though.

[image]http://img241.imageshack.us/img241/9854/treeeeew1.png[/image] 

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RE: NOT one of the best horror movies in recent years E... - 2/1/2009 7:46:31 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: wgamador

The Mist
[image]http://img511.imageshack.us/img511/7369/cigarsharehf9.jpg[/image]

Positives
1. Excellent concept that doesn't get revealed until later in the film.
2. Nice sense of dread and impending doom once the mist arrives.
3. The movie wastes no time in introducing the menacing mist. There is no waiting around for it.
4. Real cool and intriguing creatures are introduced as the movie progresses.
5. Bittersweet ending that was definately unexpected.....
6. Although we've seen dangerous "Fog" movies, the mist still brings with it a sense of doom.
7. Real cool "hatching" scene.
8. I liked how we don't get any information about what is happening outside of the grocery store. We are left in the dark...is the mist occuring worldwide?! or is it just limited to the town?! I like that type of intrigue.

[image]http://img444.imageshack.us/img444/5990/flowers006ek1.jpg[/image]
 
Negatives
1. The dialogue between the town's people seems really forced. Especially during hostile scenes, it just wasn't convincing enough, it really let me down considering it is a Stephen King novel and a Darabont film.
2. Some of the CGI is bad, not 'I AM LEGEND' bad, but close to it.   
3. While the creatures towards the end of the movie were super cool and sent my imagination soaring....they should have had more screen time.
4. While we are told of the mists origin, just a little more information for us science geeks would have been really nice.
5. A tighter script could have made the film more suspenseful or maybe perhaps better casting call was needed.
6. Where were the town's law enforcement ?
7. The little boy's lines were too grown up at times, he was almost philosophical at times during what should have been a really frightening time for any kid.

[image]http://img504.imageshack.us/img504/350/cigarsharefr7.jpg[/image]


*Final Verdict ......3/5......


[image]http://img141.imageshack.us/img141/2512/karolinakurkova04ep1.jpg[/image]

*Loved the concept of why the mist arrives. Hated the dialogue and the casting, the chemistry was totally off between most of the characters. So add that to a medicore script and the film fell apart in that department for me. Otherwise the movie was interesting and kept me on edge, when the characters weren't fighting with one another that is.
I never read the book, so I dont know how close the film was kept to it, but Im almost sure that the book is probably scarier. I did enjoy the ending though....as uneven as it was. If you liked 30 Days of Night, check this one out, it has kind of the same scenerio....with less gore though.

[image]http://img241.imageshack.us/img241/9854/treeeeew1.png[/image] 


silly negative really, we see the military police at the beginning, then we see him webbed up.
guess what would have happened to the rest of the police?

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RE: NOT one of the best horror movies in recent years E... - 2/1/2009 8:14:52 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: richCie


quote:

ORIGINAL: wgamador

The Mist
[image]http://img511.imageshack.us/img511/7369/cigarsharehf9.jpg[/image]

Positives
1. Excellent concept that doesn't get revealed until later in the film.
2. Nice sense of dread and impending doom once the mist arrives.
3. The movie wastes no time in introducing the menacing mist. There is no waiting around for it.
4. Real cool and intriguing creatures are introduced as the movie progresses.
5. Bittersweet ending that was definately unexpected.....
6. Although we've seen dangerous "Fog" movies, the mist still brings with it a sense of doom.
7. Real cool "hatching" scene.
8. I liked how we don't get any information about what is happening outside of the grocery store. We are left in the dark...is the mist occuring worldwide?! or is it just limited to the town?! I like that type of intrigue.

[image]http://img444.imageshack.us/img444/5990/flowers006ek1.jpg[/image]
 
Negatives
1. The dialogue between the town's people seems really forced. Especially during hostile scenes, it just wasn't convincing enough, it really let me down considering it is a Stephen King novel and a Darabont film.
2. Some of the CGI is bad, not 'I AM LEGEND' bad, but close to it.   
3. While the creatures towards the end of the movie were super cool and sent my imagination soaring....they should have had more screen time.
4. While we are told of the mists origin, just a little more information for us science geeks would have been really nice.
5. A tighter script could have made the film more suspenseful or maybe perhaps better casting call was needed.
6. Where were the town's law enforcement ?
7. The little boy's lines were too grown up at times, he was almost philosophical at times during what should have been a really frightening time for any kid.

[image]http://img504.imageshack.us/img504/350/cigarsharefr7.jpg[/image]


*Final Verdict ......3/5......


[image]http://img141.imageshack.us/img141/2512/karolinakurkova04ep1.jpg[/image]

*Loved the concept of why the mist arrives. Hated the dialogue and the casting, the chemistry was totally off between most of the characters. So add that to a medicore script and the film fell apart in that department for me. Otherwise the movie was interesting and kept me on edge, when the characters weren't fighting with one another that is.
I never read the book, so I dont know how close the film was kept to it, but Im almost sure that the book is probably scarier. I did enjoy the ending though....as uneven as it was. If you liked 30 Days of Night, check this one out, it has kind of the same scenerio....with less gore though.

[image]http://img241.imageshack.us/img241/9854/treeeeew1.png[/image] 


silly negative really, we see the military police at the beginning, then we see him webbed up.
guess what would have happened to the rest of the police?



Okay, I will watch it again.
Thanks.

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Great film. Stop talking about the ending though. - 4/1/2009 7:25:55 PM   
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The Mist is a real beauty. Darabonts a genius when he gets some King to work on, the 2 just seem to gel. The script is great, tries a bit to hard to be politically meaningful (leave it to Bono) and satirical and lets face it, we get that too much nowadays. When Romero did it with N.O.T.L.D it was powerful because of the time, but now, with every jumped up little media-temp putting forth there twopenniesworth about Bush and Guns and how were all fucked, it just seems a bit dull.

Still, the film is great, I'm a sucker for a good, claustrophobic setting, and this one is the best for a while. The acting is good, Marcia Harden is amazing, as usual, I didnt really know the lead guy, which was nice, as someone like Matthew Broderick could have been cast and fucked the whole thing up. The soundtrack is also great, and some people have criticised the CGI but to be honest, if thats all you look for in a film nowadays then your not going to find much to enjoy except Bay or Bruckheimer vomiting out another run of the mill explosion fest. It's passable, and since the film is (as spotted by the reviewer) supposed to be about internal terror rather than external monsters, doesnt detract.

The end is also quite powerful, but once again people are in danger of turning the end into a hallowed movie moment, to be poured over on YouTube time and again by people who havent even seen the film. Hey, its a great ending, shocking and bleak, but its not the religious experience people have made it out to be.

Cracking film though, a welcome change from the usual slasher driven shite churned out by America (and sadly England now).

So when is Rob Zombie remaking it then???

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Oh Dear Me - 6/1/2009 10:02:08 AM   
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Another disastrous Stephen King adaptation looking more like a TV movie and no wonder the US overlooked it. The characters have no connection with the audience, through poor script and wooden acting, so you really don't care if they die or not. Characters seem to be introduced just so they can be bumped off with no emotional connection to the audience they are just meat in the grinder. The scenes fit together like a broken plate and the director does little to move the story along. I cannot stress enough how disappointed I was with this movie. Almost worth renting to see how bad Empires review was.

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Oh Dear Me - 6/1/2009 10:02:34 AM   
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Another disastrous Stephen King adaptation looking more like a TV movie and no wonder the US overlooked it. The characters have no connection with the audience, through poor script and wooden acting, so you really don't care if they die or not. Characters seem to be introduced just so they can be bumped off with no emotional connection to the audience they are just meat in the grinder. The scenes fit together like a broken plate and the director does little to move the story along. I cannot stress enough how disappointed I was with this movie. Almost worth renting to see how bad Empires review was.

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