The Mist is a horror film about people trapped in a supermarket surrounded by a monster filled fog. This is a movie that kept me in suspense for most of film, but still left me disappointed. My first problem is that a crazy religious lady in the store develops quite a following and causes people to turn on each other. I found her to be quite annoying as she talked nonsense constantly through the film. When someone finally decides to shoot her, I was greatly pleased. If this is how Stephen King thinks people are, then he thinks that they are idiots.
My second problem is that movie changed the ending from the novella to be something much more shocking. There is really no way to feel satisfied with an ending like this. It also defied logic: I think that the characters would have looked for a solution to their problem other than what was depicted.
Finally: I can only watch monsters attack people so many times before it starts to wear thin.
Roger Ebert gave the movie just two stars. I mostly agree, but for different reasons. There are moments when the characters, the dialog and the story are very interesting, but the story is just not quite enough. I also think that too many of the characters are stereotypes.
The Mist got a 73% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. This tells me that some people like horror films. I think that maybe a similar film in terms of suspense would be The Happening, which I enjoyed a great deal more, but it was not critically well received even though it should have been. At least Ebert liked it.