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    Quote Originally Posted by Hexis View Post
    See I felt the movie was an emotional roller coaster of sorts and instead of getting off at the end the ride blew up in your face. Completely unexpected and thought as well as emotionally provoking. I got what I wanted out of the movie and was very pleased.
    Interesting perspective; thanks for sharing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hexis View Post
    I dont watch movies for a since of "real"ness their suppose to be what takes the mind out of the real world not re-afirm the limits of reality.
    Guess it's more to do with a sense of morality - and this ending was set apart from that, which wouldn't make it 'real'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hexis View Post
    I thought the entire thing was fantastic and probably one of the best endings ive ever seen to a movie.

    I hate this sense that people think all good movies end "beautifully" or with the good guys on top. The end to The Mist made the movie for me, it was like a hammer blow to the head you just didnt see it coming. I keep hearing how so many people hated it just for the ending. I personally loved it.

    /Right. Whether or not an ending is “uplifting” doesn’t in itself reflect on a movie’s quality. It’s like these people are saying The Mist (or fill in the blank) is a bad movie because it doesn’t indulge their New Age fantasies of a benign universe presided over by a loving and fair-minded deity.

    I’m reminded of Pixar’s film Monster’s Inc. I enjoyed it up until the “healthy” ending that Jennifer would approve of, where the monsters that used to scare the kids from in their bedroom closests at night make nice and turn into Muppets. Rilke who wrote something like, “I’m afraid if I lose my demons, my angels will also disappear.” There’s this mindset that wants to sanitize us to death and transform the whole world into a gleaming Wal-Mart with everyone wearing a yellow Smiley Button.

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    The mist ending.... Why? Just.. why? I don't get it. There was no point to it. An embarrassing excuse for an ending.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mort Belfry View Post
    Really? I thought the end was pretty funny. Made me laugh.
    I did, too. It was a really hard movie to take seriously, so we ended up making fun of it. I figured mist would clear and more people would appear after that guy shot everybody, so when that happened I wasn't surprised. If the rest of the movie hadn't been such a joke, I might have enjoyed the end. It's not about a happy ending for me, just a good story. This wasn't a good story. I really liked the special effects and the monsters, except those flying ones. It would have been better to watch the movie on mute and fast forward through the parts with dialogue. Ten minute movie...the end!

    I don't think the ending ruined it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hexis View Post
    I thought the entire thing was fantastic and probably one of the best endings ive ever seen to a movie.

    I hate this sense that people think all good movies end "beautifully" or with the good guys on top. The end to The Mist made the movie for me, it was like a hammer blow to the head you just didnt see it coming. I keep hearing how so many people hated it just for the ending. I personally loved it.
    I agree wholeheartedly. I did not even suspect that they were going to end it the way that they did. It was awesome, the rest of the movie sucked but the ending was soo goooooooooooooooooood

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    I didn't like the ending. Not because it was too tragic, but because it didn't make sense. As if the fight for survival is suddenly pointless once your car runs out of gas... They couldn't have gotten out and looked for another car or another shelter? They couldn't have saved the bullets for a time when they actually were under attack and about to experience painful deaths?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LucrativeSid View Post
    I didn't like the ending. Not because it was too tragic, but because it didn't make sense. As if the fight for survival is suddenly pointless once your car runs out of gas... They couldn't have gotten out and looked for another car or another shelter? They couldn't have saved the bullets for a time when they actually were under attack and about to experience painful deaths?
    Your response, I believe, is precisely why this ending makes a great deal of sense.

    Darabont was attempting to convey this kind of message.
    Like The Shawshank Redemption [another Stephen King short story Frank Darabont adapted to film], the running themes of The Mist were of how people cope, adapt, and remain determined. Hold out hope. Or give in to fear. The Shawshank Redemption mainly focused on depicting the positive outcomes for those who hold out, keep chipping away, free themselves and survive. The Mist illustrated the same ideals, only through the opposite end of the scope; the focus was geared more toward the potential negative outcomes, when one relinquishes hope [that buzzword again], unravels, and ultimately, surrenders.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lexicon View Post
    Your response, I believe, is precisely why this ending makes a great deal of sense.

    Darabont was attempting to convey this kind of message.
    Like The Shawshank Redemption [another Stephen King short story Frank Darabont adapted to film], the running themes of The Mist were of how people cope, adapt, and remain determined. Hold out hope. Or give in to fear. The Shawshank Redemption mainly focused on depicting the positive outcomes for those who hold out, keep chipping away, free themselves and survive. The Mist illustrated the same ideals, only through the opposite end of the scope; the focus was geared more toward the potential negative outcomes, when one relinquishes hope [that buzzword again], unravels, and ultimately, surrenders.
    Good point (though its apparently not one that Stephen King himself made in the original novel). Personally, though I don't particularly like the ending, I don't hate it; it has an "Outer Limits" vibe which is always fun in its own way, and makes all other high-profile horror movies more enjoyable by casting doubt as to whether one should expect a somewhat happy ending. Incidentally, I enjoyed the rest of the movie, as well....I like horror movies centered around character interactions and development.

    Now, my idea of a "bad" horror movie ending was the ending of the otherwise enjoyable indie movie "Crazy Eights"....not because it was happy or sad (I'm not giving it away, I would still recommend the movie for those who can enjoy a movie with a highly unsatisfying ending), but because it was extremely abrupt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lexicon View Post
    Your response, I believe, is precisely why this ending makes a great deal of sense.

    Darabont was attempting to convey this kind of message.
    Like The Shawshank Redemption [another Stephen King short story Frank Darabont adapted to film], the running themes of The Mist were of how people cope, adapt, and remain determined. Hold out hope. Or give in to fear. The Shawshank Redemption mainly focused on depicting the positive outcomes for those who hold out, keep chipping away, free themselves and survive. The Mist illustrated the same ideals, only through the opposite end of the scope; the focus was geared more toward the potential negative outcomes, when one relinquishes hope [that buzzword again], unravels, and ultimately, surrenders.
    That's a good perspective and I'm glad that I've now thought about it. The ending may make sense in a cinematic way. The way they achieved is what didn't make sense. I'm talking about the characters and what they did, and not the writers or what they are trying to convey. That's not what it looks like to lose hope. That's what it looks like when you're watching characters being inconsistent and unrealistic. Ultimately, it takes you to the same place, though.

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