Sunday, October 24, 2010

The Happening (2008)

Personal rating- 3.5 out of 10                                       IMDB Rating- 5.2 out of 10

Genre- Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Sci-Fi                         Director- M. Night Shymalan

Starring Actors-  Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschannel

Plot Summary-  An unexplainable phenomenon in scattered parts of the united states is beginning spread. This force makes the afflicted person find the quickest way for them to commit suicide and then carry out the task. The story follows a High School science teacher, his wife, and close friend, who are cast in the middle of this horrifying crisis, just trying to survive by any means necessary.

Personal Opinion- This film has got to be one of the worst films that I have ever sat through in my entire existence. Usually when someone makes a statement like that, they don't really mean it, but in this instance it is 100% true, this is my least favorite movie of all time. There are many critics out there that will back me up with warnings like, "M. Night Shyamalan (Director) had inflicted upon audiences something worse than death." At first glance, yes the movie does look appealing with all the promise of global unexplainable suicides. In the end, this film just simply fails to deliver the goods.

We all know that M. Night Shyamalan is known for his twists, but I'm going to have to say that the twist at this movie just made me as a viewer want every second of my lifetime wasted watching this movie back. The twist is HORRIBLE, it's not even one that makes you have to think back through the plot and put the pieces of the story together that would have lead up to it, as was the case in his more successful films such as Sixth Sense

This will most likely be the lowest score anyone will ever witness on this movie review blog. Partly for how terrible the movie itself is, and partly for how much disappointment it brings after the hype of a promising trailer. Oh, and lop off a couple extra points just because Mark Wahlberg is the main character. Whenever that man even shows his face in a movie, you can be sure that ratings will fall. If you don't despise Mark Wahlberg yet, and you wish to keep him as you're little "Marky Mark" I'd advise you to steer clear of this film.

The best thing you could ever possibly say about this film is that you've never seen it.

Looks Enticing doesn't it?  Why don't you head over to this video's page on YouTube and take a look at a few of the comments?

Memorable Quotes-

 Alma Moore: [watching news report about the toxin] It makes you kill yourself. Just when you thought there couldn't be any more evil that can be invented.

Elliot Moore: [to house plant] Hello. My name is Elliot Moore. I'm just going to talk in a very positive manner, giving off good vibes. We're just here to use the bathroom, and we're just going to leave. I hope that's okay.
[Elliot touches leaf]
Elliot Moore: Plastic. I'm talking to a plastic plant. I'm still doing it.


  1. wow what a letdown that Zooey is in this movie, its always a huge bummer to see an actor/actress you like put out a shitty movie

  2. Yes, the plants wanting revenge thing was lame. He should have abandoned all the pseudo-scientific BS and just gone with something outright magical causing the plants to do what they were doing -- faeries or something like that returning to earth and reverting the planet to a more primal state. I would have been far more accepting of that sort of nonsense.

  3. Not a great movie.. Zooey makes it plus 1 star.. 3/5