The Happening

Mark Wahlburg and Zooey Deschanel star in this movie.  It is rated R for some self-inflicted violence and runs one hour and thirty-one minutes.

 Another movie by M. Night this movie tries to follow in the footsteps of his other movies, creating suspense and keeping the viewer wondering what will happen.  A young couple whose marriage has been on the rocks find themselves in the middle of a countrywide crisis.  They, along with a friend and his daughter, run to fins a safe haven.  Yet, there seems to be no escape as the mysterious ailment that causes people to kill themselves follows wherever they go.  Finally the couple (Wahlburg and Deschanel) find a place they think is safe and attempt to hide there, with a strange woman and a creepy doll.  The mysterious ailment follows them even there, and no human is safe from this “happening”.  In the end they take a chance and hope that when they go outside things don’t go too bad and maybe they can survive whatever is causing humans to kill themselves.

I have seen many mixed reviews of this movie, and it reminded me of the reviews of his past movies, which were of both versions, loved it and hated it.  While the landscape of this movie is nice and at times beautiful, the movie in itself is not really that good.  I feel like I wasted my money on it and want to ask M. Night to stop trying to live up to the fame of The Sixth Sense.  The actors were dry and seemed to be cardboard cutouts of themselves (as my friend said after we watched the movie).  The dialogue was dull and I found myself laughing through most of the movie because of how bored I was.  I needed to do something to keep myself awake.

As for the plot of the movie, it was so obvious that this was a movie about global warming and the problems that it could be causing.  I felt that watching this movie was like someone was constantly hitting me over the head with an organic environmentally safe hammer trying to give me a green concussion.  It couldn’t have been more obvious or more tree driven if it had been a movie of just a tree for an hour and a half.  In fact I might have liked that movie a lot more because then I would have known going in what I would be getting.  The actors could have been used so much better than they were, especially when you look at some of the other movies that Mark Wahlburg and Zooey Deschanel have done you know that their talents are not being used in this film, and they can do so much better.  The special effects were overdone, and the plot, well it left a lot to be deserved. 

If you want to watch a movie about going green and pollution and global warming go watch An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore.  It was much more entertaining and less full of itself than this movie felt.  Skip it.  If you want something scary go get gas, the price you pay would be a lot scarier than this movie ends up being.

5 thoughts on “The Happening”

  1. Very entertaining, and dead on review. The more I’ve thoughtt about it since I saw and reviewed it last week, the more I hate it. What happened to M. Night? Seriously. I liked all his movies until this one (to varying degrees). Waste of time and money for sure. Very humerous and truthful review. good stuff.

  2. I thought some things could have been left out but In the review and I do disagree with the fact that it felt like a global warming film. I think the Idea was original and I give M. Night credit for thinking outside the usual Marvel comic blockbusters. I hate that people are always trying to compare his recent movies to the Sixth Sense. Get over it people! He’s still a good director. I found the acting sort of painful which this review didn’t give much info on. I enjoyed the movie and the review was nicely put together.

  3. I disagree. I really liked it and you can’t be serious about Al Gore’s film being more entertaining. This was intentionally funny and creepy at times. Worth a look

  4. I was serious about Al Gore’s movie being mor entertaining and I know that the movie was intentionally funny at times, but I laughed when people were killing themselves! Plus, it wasn’t creepy for me at all. And if this movie isn’t so blatently about global warming then An Inconvienient Truth and The Eleventh Hour are about how to style a celebrities hair. Of course this movie was about global warming, I mean one of the high school kids talks about it in the beginning of the movie, it was basically pounded into your head that it was a movie about treating the earth with respect and taking care of it. lastly, if M. Night made a movie about something worthwhile and stopped trying to live up to The Sixth Sense himself he might do better. Although I was happy that he didn’t plac himself in this movie so that I noticed (that was one thing that made me so mad at The Village and Signs).

  5. I think I might be the only M. Night fan left. I have loved all of his films thus far, The Happening is no exception.
    I was disappointed by the acting. It seemed fake and just plain silly. But with actors like Wahlburg and Deschanel it had to be intentional.
    Besides the laughable acting, I thought The Happening was entertaining. I loved the idea of the film. Not that it was exactly original but I would see it again.

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