Movie Review: The Happening (2008)

Posted: May 20, 2010 in Movie & TV Show Reviews and Thoughts, The Blog!

The Happening– (2008)
Written & Directed by M. Night Shyamalan
Starring Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel ,John Leguizamo & Betty Buckley
Run Time: 90 min.

M. Night Shyamalan is at it again, this time attempting an end of the world approach to his newest film. Shyamalan came into himself after big hits as The Sixth Sense and The Signs but fell on a little harder times when he came out with critically panned films such as The Village and the underrated Lady in the Water. This time Shyamalan brings us film about an unknown air born virus that causes people to commit massive suicide. The film stars Mark Wahlberg as Elliot Moore, a high science teacher who along with his wife and a few friends try to avoid the virus. The film first hits New York City in Central Park and than travels down the east cost to were Wahlberg and company are in Philadelphia. The travel by train to avoid the unexplainable virus but when all travel is caused to stop they retreat to a local diner. While in the diner they find out the virus is surrounded there location and they head out quickly. Wahlbergs friend Julian, played by John Leguizamo, is forced to leave his 8 year old daughter with Wahlberg and his wife in the hopes of traveling to find his wife and bring her back. The rest of the film deals with the group trying to figure out what exactly is causing the outbreak that leads to the suicides. We get hints that it is air born and cause by plants as well as whether or not the amount of people that are near the plants and tree’s cause it to set off. The film deals with a familiar and interesting theme, the end of the world. One of my favorite directors, George A. Romero, deals with many of these issues in some of his films just using zombies as opposed to a virus possibly caused by plants. The Happening is a pretty good film and worth checking out on a rainy day however the ending doesn’t give us enough closure on what actually caused the virus. Was it the plants? Are you not telling us because you want us to wonder? If so, are you planning a sequel? There just seems to be too much of a cliffhanger for this type of film. The effects are good and the films overall flow isn’t bad by any means, it is just missing something that could have rebounded with a solid ending and unfortunately it was not to be.

Average Movie Ticket Price– $10
“The Happening” Ticket Price Worth– $6.50 with a water bottle and M&M’s brought in under your coat.


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