Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Evil will triumph if good men do nothing

The Mist is one of the better Stephen King movie adaptations, from one of my favorite Stephen King tales. It features two of King's great strengths, the disturbing gross out and a jaundiced look at the thin line between civilization and barbarism. Between the two, this is really a monster movie, so don't go looking for life lessons.

The monsters are vile to the point that you can overlook the CGI. King frequently looks at how people can slide from decency to mindlessness, in the case at the hands of a religious zealot. The movie's ending is a bit of a shock, although I think Ross Douthat has the (spoilers aplenty) right take on it.

Still there is something to be said for the ease by which civilization decays, as George Will points out in his excellent critique of McCain's response to the Guantanamo decision.

And no, I am not trying to quote Edmund Burke, but rather the Newton Neurotics:

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