Though not generally a big fan of horror movies, I really enjoyed The Mist (2001). Here's a very brief thematic summary from Wikipedia (Spoiler Alert: the full entry in Wikipedia outlines the whole movie, including the end):
[. . .] the central theme is what ordinary people will be driven to do under extraordinary circumstances. The plot revolves around members of the small town of Bridgton, Maine who conceal themselves in a local supermarket when a violent thunderstorm cuts off the power. While they struggle to survive an unnatural mist which envelops the town [. . .], extreme tensions arise amongst the survivors.
What's interesting to me about this movie is the way Stephen King (the novella's author) and the script writers of the movie present three distinct hermeneutical lenses through which the people in the supermarket view the crisis they find themselves in and how they come to deal with the horror they have little control over.
The three lenses are clarified once a small group of those locked in the supermarket try to leave the building through the loading dock. I won't give away exactly what happens, but this group witnesses an event that confirms for them earlier reports of what the mist conceals. When they report what they have seen, the people divide into three hermeneutical groups:
Evidence-based rationalists who believe that the men are lying about the event they witnessed, steadfastly insisting on empirical proof and refusing to credit the incredible story w/o such proof.
Apocalyptic doomsayers who believe the men but interpret the event as a sign of God's wrathful judgment on a sinful world, demanding expiation in blood.
Pragmatic survivors who are unsure of what the men saw but nonetheless prepare themselves for survival as if the men are telling the truth.
Each group proposes its own explanation of the crisis according to its hermeneutical lens and sets out possible responses to the crisis given their initial assumptions. Each group is sorely tested by events, and each experiences potentially debilitating set backs.
The ending is heartbreaking. And you will be very surprised to learn which of the three turns out to be true.
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