Save your money for something good and enjoyable
Although it has its amusing moments, in eneral the plot does not convince.
It's entirely possible that sending the audience out feeling lousy was intentional
It is neither dumb nor smart enough to be fun, and spends way too much time with its boring human characters.
I don't know why people are trashing this film. I thought it was pretty good, on par with a made for TV film. The story held together pretty well, though about 9 or 10 minutes could have been shaved without affecting the story much. The acting, the action, the score, and everything else was fine. This remake was not as good as the original, but what remake is? And while I freely admit this film will never be on the AFI's top 100 list, it doesn't need to be. It's entertaining, and that's exactly what it's meant to be. I have to wonder what's going on with the low ratings. For a movie as unheard of as this one, there are an awful lot of comments. But that's a matter for someone who cares to look into. A nice little not too horrible horror film that would be perfect for a rainy evening with a bowl of popcorn covered in real butter.
Have you seen it? No? There is likely a very good reason for that...it stinks.Like nearly ALL the endless remakes and reboots that have been plaguing movie goers for the past decade or so....all this is, is a heartless version of the original.It has no heart.It has no soul.It is a retelling of a film that we all love and cherish...and it adds nothing to the story. It improves nothing but the special effects--which held up very well over time--and in some cases belittles the fans of the original...particularly in the fact that they remade the movie at all, without adding anything clever to it.Like so many other remakes it is a hallow shell of the original.
Of all the horror remakes being made in the past few years, this one has to be one of the dreariest. I still think the execrable WHEN A STRNGER CALLS is the worst of all time, but in places THE FOG comes close. This is a laboured, labouring film that attempts to emulate the John Carpenter original with no success. While the Carpenter film isn't a favourite of mine, it is a solid little ghost story that has more about it than some, but THE FOG falls far short of these standards. It's a teen horror film, nothing more nothing less, and it never should have been released.The simply awful Maggie Grace stars as a young woman who returns to the populated island where she once lived. Little does she know that the residents are about to be besieged by the ghosts of some lepers who were burned to death over a century before. The plot sticks fairly closely to the original, but the characters are nowhere near as interesting and the actors are laughable. We had Tom Adkins and Adrienne Barbeau in the first film; here we get dumb male model Tom Welling and the aforementioned Grace, who is so pathetic an actress as to be laughable. Selma Blair, taking the role that Barbeau essayed in the first, is the only one who seems to be trying to give an actual performance but even her attempts at edginess fail constantly.This film takes an age to get going and virtually nothing happens in the first hour. Scenes are disjointed and there are so many pointless sub-plots and unfathomable ingredients that you get the feeling that heavy editing took place during the post-production process to try and generate some interest in this mess. The fog itself is a not-bad CGI effect, but the ghosts – when they eventually show up – look like nothing more than the ghost army in LORD OF THE RINGS: RETURN OF THE KING. I could appreciate that special effect in a fantasy film, but not in a supposedly realistic horror like this.The producers have gone for a child-friendly rating which means that there isn't a drop of blood in sight. I'm sorry, but I far prefer full-blooded horror films to the lukewarm pretend ones, and how can you see a guy getting shards of broken glass slicing through his body without him bleeding in the slightest. Even the over-the-top blood sprays of Japanese samurai flicks are more realistic than the non-existent bloodshed in evidence here. At times I felt like I was watching a PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN film rather than a supposed horror outing. And don't get me started on the 'twist' ending. I love twists at the end of films but this is one of those nonsensical ones that has been shoehorned in at the last minute and makes absolutely no sense if you sit back and think about what's happened in the rest of the film. What a mess.
Though many have said a great deal of negative things about this movie, and on many counts I totally agree, I believe that The Fog has a great deal of potential. The acting would probably have been better if they brought in a set of toddlers and gave them the scripts (sarcasm). The best actor was Elizabeth, but that is not saying much. What this story needs is a descent director and a better budget. The computer animation was fairly well done as 2005 movies go. No, what this story needs is someone to streamline the progression of the plot and add more character development while also adding a scare factor greater than negative five. Much of the story, while intriguing, was marred by the bad acting and a management team that deserved to be fired. I, personally, am hoping to see another remake of The Fog in the next decade or so, and when it happens I would very much like to be on the staff or better yet the editor.