The Stand (1994)
Not nearly enough powerful
19 November 2018
A deadly virus has "escaped" from the government laboratory and caused an epidemic of apocalyptic proportions. The human race is decimated and rare survivors, who for unknown reasons are immune to the virus, are finding each other and regrouping. In their dreams appear an old woman, who claims to receive instructions from God and calls them to herself, and the mysterious man who directs them on the opposite side. Slowly, people begin to gather in two larger camps, one in the east, the other in the west, and prepare for the final battle between good and evil. "The Stand" is a six-hour film, directed by Mick Garris, broadcast in the form of a mini-series, if four "episodes" of 90 minutes each can be called a mini-series. The story is quite faithful to the source material, which was expected because Stephen King himself adapted his own novel into the screenplay. It gathers a wealth of familiar faces, including Gary Sinise, Molly Ringwald, Jamey Sheridan, Laura San Giacomo, Miguel Ferrer, Rob Lowe and Stephen King himself. But despite the fact that it was written by King, great cast and a length that leaves more than enough time for elaboration, the story impressed me as two-dimensional and shallow, and characterization is rather unconvincing. Still, the film is distinctly King-ish and very atmospheric, largely contributed by discrete but excellent music, mostly blues. I enjoyed it, but not enough to ever spend six hours for this adventure again. Recommendation for fans of Stephen King and B production of the eighties. The rest of you should better skip it.
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