The Happening

I have watched this movie twice. The first time was and the last time on .


A science teacher, his wife, and a young girl struggle to survive a plague that causes those infected to commit suicide.

We've Sensed It. We've Seen The Signs. Now... It's Happening.

The Happening


The Happening is the latest movie by M. Night Shyamalan, starring Mark Wahlberg as the protagonist who is trying to escape an unknown event.

Unfortunately, although the premise of the story was a good one — something I would describe as an "anti-'War of the World' theme" — it didn't translate into a feature-length movie. This is similar to the disappointing 'Be Kind Rewind' which seemed an interesting story on paper and in trailers, but neither movie could carry feature-length treatment.

Aside from the initial idea, I thought the story and characters were weak, both of which were exaggerated by the poor pace and editing of the movie. Characters were arbitrarily introduced then abruptly forgotten about, something which is uncommon in Shyamalan's previous movies, which usually feature well-written supporting characters.

I felt that Mark Wahlberg was either badly directed or confused about his character — something which I felt was evident even in the trailers — and was disappointing to watch. Thoughout most of the movie his performance seemed distant or simply didn't fit the scenario and mood. Wahlberg's performance, coupled with some wooden dialogue and a thin script makes this movie Shyamalan's weakest yet.

Unfortunately, this movie isn't even beautiful with no substance. The direction and photography were average at best and the entire movie, from script to promotion, seemed to be on auto-pilot. In summary, 'The Happening' is a disappointing movie by anyone's standard, especially the now well established Shyamalan.

I still have faith — a theme the writer/director explores in a lot of his movies — in M. Night Shyamalan and hope he can get back on track with his next project. In the meantime, I recommend watching any of his previous movies – especially my favourite The Village, or the underrated Unbreakable with Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson.

Shyamalan garnered many enemies after his last movie, Lady in the Water, which, although it wasn't on par with his previous projects, I felt was harshly received. I also believe he might be under unwarranted pressure from the expectations and hype because of his previously acclaimed movies and is struggling to break from the cliché of twist endings. In my opinion, in his relatively short career Shyamalan has had four great movies, and two misses, but I think he will have another great movie if given freedom, time and the chance.

1 hour 31 minutes
The Happening
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Alright, there appears to be an event happening. Central Park was just hit by what seems to be a terrorist attack. They're not clear on the scale yet. It's some kind of airborne chemical toxin that's been released in and around the park. They said to watch for warning signs. The first stage is confused speech. The second stage is physical disorientation, loss of direction. The third stage… is fatal.