Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Happening

Directed by M. Night Shyamalan

Starring Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschannel, John Leguizamo, and Alan Ruck

Release Date: June 11, 2008

I have heard that this is one of the greatest unintentional comedies made in the last decade, the discussion of hot dogs never made more glorious: I didn't see that movie. I found The Happening to be one of the slowest, dumbest movies I've had the misfortune of seeing; it's not scary (AT ALL), all the ridiculous dialogue just irritated me rather than make me laugh. Seriously, where was all the cheeziness I was promised? M. Night Shymalan has certainly fallen from grace long after his successes with such thrillers as The Sixth Sense and Signs. Now, he's known for the catastrophes known as Lady in the Water and The Last Airbender.

Where is his place in life? Maybe it's time M. Night reevaluate his career and maybe let someone else write the script while he directs his next film. That's the one saving grace of the film, it's visual style. Even with the ridiculousness of our main characters fleeing from wind and trees (oh god is that just too stupid to take seriously), the concept seemed solid and the images on screen look great, it's the delivery of the story where The Happening falls apart. This movie is ridiculous, with stilted dialogue, horrendous SCIENCE! explanations, and the crown jewel of this film, Mark Wahlberg's horrendous, stilted performance . It's no wonder he's been bashing this movie long after it's release. M. Night is no Hitchcock, and he's also not the next Ed D. Wood Jr.

All in all, this movie is horrible and I wasn't scared, laughing, or entertained; I was bored.

Rating: 1/2 of 5
(Let me know what you guys think about the movie in the comments)

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