Starring: Tom Welling, Maggie Grace, Selma Blair, DeRay Davis, Rade
Serbedzija.

Directed by: Rupert Wainwright

Story: Exactly one hundred years ago, off the rocky shore of an isolated
Northern California town, a ship of lepers was horribly wrecked in an eerie
fog when the founders of the town purposefully misguided the ship,
dooming everyone aboard. Now, tonight, the ghosts of the long-dead
mariners have returned from their watery graves to exact revenge.
Shrouded within a supernatural fog, the ghosts trap the residents of the
remote community, intent on seeking out the descendants of those who
founded the town...and killing anyone who stands in their murderous
path.


Review:

Don't you just hate it when someone takes something so precious and
tries to fix it and make it better? Or give it a major make over just to
appeal to a new and more younger generation? Well thats one of the big
cases when it comes to most movie remakes today. Sure they aren't the
most popular topic and I'm sure that there are a lot of people out there
who are just sick of seeing and hearing about them. But if you ask me I
believe that there have been some pretty acceptable and enjoyable
remakes. This movie however, is not one of them. This film is a remake
to John Carpenters 1980 horror classic The Fog. The story is pretty
much the same as the original film. It takes place in the small town of
Antonio Bay. Blind to all the residents the town has a deep and dark
past. Before the 100th year anniversary of the towns birth a giant fog
bank is approaching and causing mysterious deaths. Sooner or later
everyone finds out that ghosts from the past have come back to get
revenge on the town and its people.

To be completely honest I enjoyed the hell out of the original film but I
still felt that there was something missing. So I knew somehow that
there was going to be a new version sooner or later. I was actually
hoping that this movie would do the original some justice but in the end I
started kicking myself for actually thinking that this was going to be as
good. Not only is this movie almost completely different from Carpenter's
vision but it falls short in both the scares and suspense. I guess you can
blame that on screenwriter Cooper Layne and director Rupert
Wainwright. Wainwright is somewhat known for directing music videos
and to be honest I think he should have stuck to those.

The story to this movie is the same as the original film so there should
be no mystery when it comes to all the flashbacks which takes place in
the movie. So if you've seen the original film then nothing in this remake
will surprise you, not even the small jumpy moments. During most of the
film we get these flashbacks which took place 100 years in the past and
its goal is to try and tell the audience that the spirits are out for revenge
and that they were cheated. The funny thing is that the audience picked
that up from the very beginning of the film and the flashbacks ended up
being pointless and un-suspenseful, slow and dull.

One thing for sure is that I enjoyed the music and all the cool sound
effects. I also enjoyed the overall look and feel of the movie, but thats
pretty much it. The acting in the movie is alright but it seemed like each
character in the film was reduced to have such bad attention spans. This
movie has ridiculous characters which include an unfunny African
American stereotype. Just about everything in this movie is laughable
and most of the time it felt like a spoof rather then a serious horror film.
It plays around with just about every horror cliché and not to mention its
also filled with unspectacular computer effects which killed some of the
moments in the film. Its pretty obvious that Wainwright tries to use
thrills with CG tricks that Carpenter didn't have back in 1980.

Sadly it doesn't work at all and rather then making spooky or creepy
looking ghosts they end up looking normal and un-frightful. Rupert
Wainwright tried way too hard and completely failed at re-attempting
that frightening thrill that John Carpenter and Debra Hill gave audiences
25 years ago. If you're a fan of the original film then I strongly suggest
staying away from this new adaption. Compared to Carpenters movie its
nothing more then a spoof. Not only is it miles away from being
frightening but it falls short with the ridiculous character changes and
non threatening CG effects. Not to mention they watered down the
violence from the original script just to pitch a lower and more acceptable
rating. Don't waste your money on this, it's a laughable and
un-suspenseful remake.


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Overall: 5/10
Genres: Action, Mystery,
Thriller, Horror, Remake

Rated: PG-13

Country: USA

Year: 2005

Runtime: 100 minutes

Studio: Sony Pictures

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