The Happening (2008)

We’ve Sensed It. We’ve Seen the Signs. Now… It’s Happening.

I avoided this movie like the plague, because it was from M. Night Shyamalan. I have fallen out of love with him since The Village. It phsyically angered me about the “twist ending”. It was horseshit.

People were saying that this latest offering, The Happening was on par with Lady in the Water. No surprises there. It was so bad that it’s comical. It’s true.

If you want toknow, the action takes place in Central Park where strange “happenings” are occuring. People are killing themselves. The news spreads through various outlets about what is causing the rash of suicides. Caught in the middle are Elliot Moore (Mark Wahlberg), Alma Moore (Zooey Deschanel), Julian (John Leguizamo) and Jess (Ashlyn Sanchez) trying to escape.

The “Shyamalan twist” is shown on the first couple of minutes of the movie. It’s so stupid. It’s supposed to be nature fighting back against humanity. Whatever. I’m not saying what causes the happening, but it makes want to throw something about the screen.

The dialogue is atrocious. The acting is so wooden. Zooey Deschanel’s blank stares into the camera. Mark Wahlberg’s cadence is the same throughout the whole movie. What?

This was Shyamalan’s first “R” rated movie. Hopefully, his last. Why did Fox finance this movie? To fulfill Shyamalan’s contract with them? What was their thought process with this trainwreck of a movie? I want to people that greenlit this movie to be fired and releases the geniuses of Fox Searchlight. They know quality movies when they see one.

My judgment: If you want to see a waster talent and resources, watch this film. You will get a laugh from a “drama.”

My rating: *


About Branden

Branden: I am just your average movie nut that reviews films. Gives his take on pop culture and Hollywood happenings. Dreams to have his own thriving website and make a living doing what he is passionate about.

Posted on January 21, 2009, in 2008, campy, Drama and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. An egregious film…. pretty enjoyable though for the laughs I must say….

    Good review

  2. I concur. The movie is atrocious. It’s so funny that it’s bad.

    The villain is the wind. WTF!

    The Disney company had good taste for saying that the script sucked.


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