The Fog (2005)
Special guest reviewer: Mr. Smiley!
Mr. Smiley's rating:
Fantastic! The feel good hit of the season!
I, like many other people around the country I'm sure, am fascinated by the television series "Lost." However, one of the things that makes me just a little sad about the series is that the beautiful and talented Maggie Grace is so underutilized. We hardly ever see her and sometimes it makes me frown just ever so slightly to imagine her sitting in her trailer wondering if they're ever going to call her to the set.
Well, my frown got turned upside-down the second I started watching "The Fog" because Maggie is one of the main characters. I don't really know why and don't really care, but Nick (Tom Welling) picks her up as she hitchhikes back into her hometown of Antonio Island and that's kind of how the movie gets started. Apparently, Elizabeth (Grace) and Nick used to be an item, so the second they get back home, they take a shower together. What I loved about this scene is that Maggie is never shown naked. I think that shows a tremendous amount of respect for the actress by the director, Rupert Wainwright, and when men respect women, I get really happy because it shows how far we've come as a species.
Another thing that got me really excited was that this movie is a remake of the original John Carpenter film and I just love films like "The Thing" and "Big Trouble in Little China" so much. It's obvious to me that the filmmakers here must also have loved those films or else they never would have remade "The Fog." It's always so wonderful when you have something in common with the filmmakers, so that if you ever meet them on the street or track them down at their homes at night you can say, "Hey, we have something in common. Will you sign my inner thigh with this marker?"
Now, even though the fog in "The Fog" is very bad and appears to be killing people, I think it's good for us to be wary of Mother Nature and this film definitely suggests that being cautious of the elements is a good thing. Imagine if all the people in New Orleans had heeded the message in "The Fog" and left New Orleans before the hurricane hit. They'd all be so much happier! Of course, nobody leaves the island in "The Fog" either because they realize the fog is bad too late and they're all kind of stuck.
I should give special mention to one of my favorite actresses, Selma Blair, who seems to be getting more beautiful with every performance. I was so happy to see her playing disc jockey Stevie Wayne. She's really growing up, and watching her in this movie made me break out in a smile that stretched from China to Florida.
The great thing about the movie is that nobody we care about gets killed. All the people who are killed are just extras and actors with small roles. I was so happy that all the emotion I had invested in the survival of all the main characters paid off when they were not killed by the fog.
You'll be agog watching "The Fog."
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