Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Film Review: The Fog (2005)

The Fog (Review)
United States/2005
Format Viewed For Review: Netflix Instant
Netflix Streaming: Yes
Amazon Prime: No

"...suffers from a severe lack of horror."

The small town residents of Antonio Island face a supernatural fog that harbors secrets of their past...

The Fog mainly follows Nick (Tom Welling) and his girlfriend, Elizabeth (Maggie Grace), as the town is hit by odd occurrences induced by a thick bank of fog. Nick aids Elizabeth in... finding out why the fog is coming? The story also follows local radio host Stevie (Selma Blair), who, uhh... sees the fog coming? As you can see, there isn't much certainty in the story because it really doesn't have much of a story to tell. Plenty of characters, but not much happens throughout most of its runtime. The characters just wander around talking about fog and dreams, but the story never comes full circle and it never focuses. To be blunt, I thought the ending was stupid, as well.

Unfortunately, The Fog also suffers from a severe lack of horror. The film is heavily reliant on loud-noise jump scares, but has a severe lack of suspense. And, without suspense, the jump scares becomes ineffective. Also, because the story is so weak, you likely won't be immersed into the film, which makes the jump-scare even more ineffective; it'll probably get your attention, but it most likely will not scare. There was one jump scare I liked, which involved a sink and some solid special effects, but that's only one scare in a film that drags for over an hour and a half.

The acting is also bad. Tom Welling and Maggie Grace can occasionally hit mediocre, but they come off as boring most of the time. Selma Blair is the worst offender with her bland and uncharismatic performance; this is even worse considering she plays a DJ, which should have charisma and a soothing voice -- again, she has neither. The music is the most disappointing aspect of the film. I haven't even mentioned this is a remake so far in this review, but I feel like I have to now. The music in the original is classic stuff, this is generic. I did like the camerawork, the lighting, and some of the special effects, though. Director Rupert Wainwright lacks consistency and vision; this film is poorly balanced, lacks distinction, and especially lacks any form of horror.

Overall, The Fog is a bad horror film. I have seen and reviewed the original, but went into this with an open-mind, as I do every film. Even then, it's a bad film. It has little story, the characters and the cast are bad, and, worst of all, it's not scary. It's a great film to look at, but visuals can't save it.

Score: 2/10
Parental Guide: Some violence and blood.

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