The Mist (2007)
Directed by Frank Darabont
From Amazon.com: Writer-director Frank Darabont, who showcased the softer side of Stephen King in his film adaptations of The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile, turns to darker material for The Mist, his latest King adaptation about a group of ordinary townspeople trapped in a supermarket by a mysterious fogbank. Thomas Jane is top-billed as a Maine illustrator who attempts to calm the frightened shoppers, but his job is cut out for him from the get-go, first by the discovery of malevolent creatures lurking in the mist, and then by the mad mutterings of Mrs. Carmody (Marcia Gay Harden), a local eccentric who calls for Old Testament-style sacrifices to appease the supernatural forces....--Paul Gaita
I'm not as crazy about this latest King adaptation as some people are. Read my previous post: The Mist offers up mixed results
I Am Legend (2007)
Directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Will Smith
If my expectations for The Mist were too high, my expectations for I Am Legend were too low. Based on the classic horror novel by Richard Matheson, this latest reincarnation of Robert Neville as the last man on Earth contains some genuine thrills and chills. Will Smith plays it cool and sincere and I found him to be a very sympathetic and engaging Dr. Neville. The ending's changed of course (and not necessarily for the better), but I thought the "creatures" were frightening (if a little too much CGI-ish). Neville's relationship with an uninfected dog is explored much more in this film version and for the better. See previous post Re(Discover) a classic! for June 2007
I Am Legend is now playing at the Rainbow in Regina.