The Happening 2008 R CC

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Mark Wahlberg stars as a man who takes his family on the run when a natural disaster threatens to end civilization. For years, the earth has been the victim of mankind's "progress," and the pollution has finally built to a point that causes a global backlash.

Starring:
Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel
Runtime:
1 hour 31 minutes

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The Happening

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Genres Science Fiction, Thriller
Director M. Night Shyamalan
Starring Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel
Supporting actors John Leguizamo, Ashlyn Sanchez, Betty Buckley, Spencer Breslin, Robert Bailey Jr., Frank Collison, Jeremy Strong, Alan Ruck, Victoria Clark, M. Night Shyamalan, Alison Folland, Kristen Connolly, Cornell Womack, Curtis McClarin, Robert Lenzi, Derege Harding, Kerry O'Malley, Shayna Levine
Studio 20th Century Fox
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Customer Reviews

Very poor story and acting.
T. Carlson
Even though the movie manages the suspense a lot, nothing is really revealed in it... so at the end you never get to know What Happened?
Carlos Moreno
There is no "twist" in the plot which would have made it a little interesting, like the previous Shyamalan films.
Luis

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 15, 2008
Format: DVD
The Happening is the story of a couple, teacher Elliott More (played by Mark Wahlberg) and his wife Alma (played by Zooey Deschanel), who wake up one day to find that the east coast of the United States is under some sort of event/happening/terrorist attack. They flee the city via train, trying to escape this happening, and this is where the movie takes off.

I have to admit, I liked the first half of this film, the buildup wasn't bad, and the script was pretty good. But then somewhere near the middle, during a scene where the protagonists exited a train, the movie went off the rails.

The last half of this film was a huge disappointment. The happening seemed to attack everyone but the lead characters, and the movie turned into a spoof of itself. The ending was flat, and you are left with an emotionless feeling; a sense of "why did I watch this" washes over you.

Unlike many people who reviewed The Happening, I am a fan of M. Night. I loved Signs, Unbreakable and Lady In The Water. But The Happening is not cut from the same mold. The script, especially the dialog, are horrendous and read about as hokey as it gets.

Rent before you buy this movie.
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55 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Mark Eremite VINE VOICE on June 14, 2008
We all know what started it. The Sixth Sense. Let me clarify, though. THE SIXTH SENSE was NOT a success because of its third act twist. Shyamalan's breakthrough film succeeded because he created believable characters dealing with a solid, definable conflict that came to a powerful, relatable conclusion AND THEN he introduced a twist. And not a cheap, showy, carnival twist, but a twist that ADDED TO (not reversed or mutated) the gut-wrenching emotional climax that preceded it. Although it got all the press, the twist in THE SIXTH SENSE was simply the icing on the cake of that film. And as any eight year-old kid who's been to a wedding can tell you, if you only eat the icing, all you get is sick.

Shyamalan has languished ever since, but only because he ended up falling for his own hype. He tried (and, I believe) set up an equally satisfying emotional bedrock in Unbreakable, but he expected his twist in that film to BE the resolution, instead of supplementing it. Bad idea. A twist is NOT a conclusion.

His characters and his conflict and even his conclusion were more solidly established in Signs, but -- whoops -- he was dead-set on tacking on one of his patented twists, and the story he'd created didn't really need one, so the twist came across as being not just unnecessary, but also ludicrous.

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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Steven Reynolds on June 15, 2008
American cities of the northeast are plagued by an apparent terrorist attack in which people become confused then suicidal - leaping off skyscrapers, shooting themselves, impaling themselves with hairpins. As high-school science teacher Elliot Moore (Mark Wahlberg) and his unhappy wife and colleague flee to the country, it becomes evident the threat is more likely environmental. Nature is fighting back, with plants releasing some kind of toxin to defend themselves against the human industrial onslaught...

M. Night Shyamalan executes on this charming premise with a deliberate eye to the sci-fi B-movie, both in style and theme, with lashings of gore, a cheesy score, and expository dialogue that at times sounds more like a textbook. Sadly, however, it doesn't entirely work. Shyamalan's no fool. He wouldn't make a B-movie without a specific intention. So what's going on here? Is the substance connected to the style? Does Shyamalan want us to go back to the 1950s? Is he trying to tell us that cities are bad? Is he echoing E. F. Schumacher's cry that "small is beautiful"? Or is this a response to misplaced moral hysteria around 9/11? Falling bodies around 9.00am on a New York Tuesday certainly stir the echoes. Is he saying there are bigger threats to worry about than a few ideologues in planes; that 9/11, though a tragic event for those involved, is ultimately a miniscule blip compared to our disastrous global environmental trajectory? Or is it simply a musing on the fragility of humankind and the paucity of our knowledge? He'd be right on all counts, of course. But his intention is never clear.

As an argument the film isn't very convincing, and as a piece of entertainment it's worse.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Serene Night on June 26, 2008
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After a rash of apparent suicides, the government believes New York is under attack by terrorists. Enter School Science Teacher played by Mark Wahlberg. He and his family and friends flee the city, hoping to escape. Unfortunately, there doesn't appear to be any escape from the biological weapon which kills without warning.

I knew the film was going to be bad the moment the one girl removed a long hair stick and impaled herself with it. I thought to myself, please tell me this is not going to be a guts and gore film. Unfortunately, it does appear to be the case. Gore won out over the big mystery of 'what was happening' to the citizens, and from there, it just sort of escalated. The mystery was lost, as we are treated to about a dozen senseless suicides, which were meant to underscore the seriousness of the biological weapon, but instead gave the film a really silly slasher quality.

Mark's character Elliot and John Leguizamo's character were about the only characters I cared about. I could not stand Zooey Deschanel's acting and her droopy character, and Julian's kid just added nothing to the screenplay, except a tagalong and an excuse for Elliot and Alma to not get the heck out of Dodge as quickly as possible.

Overall, I was disappointed in this film. I am accustomed to rather clever films from Shyamalan, and this film just seemed to lack direction, and be rather obvious. The limp half-hearted explanation of events at the end of the film was just silly, as was the forced romance between Elliot and Alma who had little chemistry. This film just left me unsatisfied.
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