Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Happening (2008)

Something in the air is causing a widespread panic as a rash of suicides overtakes the East Coast. Has a biological weapon been unleashed, or is this some random act of nature? No one is certain, especially not Elliot Moore or the small group of survivors that have chosen to flee the cities, but wherever they go, the deadly contagion seems to follow. It is difficult to decide whether or not THE HAPPENING was actually intended to be a comedy or not, but if it was, M. Night Shyamalan certainly has a morbid sense of humor. One can't help but laugh at the deranged methods of dispatch that Shyamalan has chosen for his victims. He plays an even bigger joke on the audience by trying to pass Mark Wahlberg and John Leguizamo off as science teachers, which is even more unbelievable than his latest twist ending. It is unfair to say that THE HAPPENING is a terrible film when it successfully captivates one's sense of curiosity with the growing mystery and intrigue, but Shyamalan leaves us with no identifiable characters and a threadbare plot. The jarring suicides are a surprising change of pace, however, from the director's typically-benign scares.

Rating: 6/10.

Movies like THE HAPPENING:
THE SUICIDE CLUB, LONG WEEKEND, SIGNS, THE MIST, THE CRAZIES.

1 comment:

  1. I have to agree that Wahlberg and Leguizamo as teachers was a hoot. It is nice that they are trying to expand and showcase they have a different range, but both do better at being bad asses or in comedic straight men. Also, there was just no real chemistry between Wahlberg and Deschanel. It seemed like the whole movie was miscast.

    Nonetheless, have to agree it did showcase some unique ways to commit suicide even though the plot was a little sparse in places.

    Sometimes it is what you don't see that is scarier than something you can see as it makes it harder to know what is coming and when. Overall it was an ok movie.

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