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While the movie-going public will surely be going ga-ga for THE INCREDIBLE HULK tomorrow, they'll likely be going gag-gag for THE HAPPENING. If Rotten Tomatoes is any indicator, THE HAPPENING ain't happening at all with a rotten 15% approval rating (compared to HULK's 72%). If you flash back a few months, it was actually supposed to be the other way around. HULK was suffering from bad buzz as fanboys were griping about the look of Hulk and The Abomination. Meanwhile everyone was positively giddy that M. Night Shyamalan was returning to some hardcore horror with an R-rated thriller. Funny how things change, eh? You can read our thoughts on THE HAPPENING here and after you've seen the movie yourself, this is your place to vent, fume or perhaps even defend yourself for liking Shyamalan's latest. While you're at it, you can head over here to talk similarly about THE INCREDIBLE HULK.

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10:05PM on 06/20/2008

i don't know what to think...

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I'm not going to reiterate what others have said (for the most part). I'll definately pick this up on DVD, just to give it another watch.

Right now though, I feel it was a little blah. And I really don't understand how it got an 'R' rating as the violence was pretty tame. The best part was at the house with Mrs. Jones- I wish that area was expanded upon and fleshed out more as it was the most creepy, scary, and entertaining part of the film. A bit of
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I'm not going to reiterate what others have said (for the most part). I'll definately pick this up on DVD, just to give it another watch.

Right now though, I feel it was a little blah. And I really don't understand how it got an 'R' rating as the violence was pretty tame. The best part was at the house with Mrs. Jones- I wish that area was expanded upon and fleshed out more as it was the most creepy, scary, and entertaining part of the film. A bit of a missed opportunity there.

The score was lackluster in that it didn't really add to the mood when it could have. Additionally the dialogue suffered from feeling very unrealistic. And don't get me started on the broadcast exposition turns plot device problem.

Lastly, and most importantly, there were no real character arcs for any of the charaters (other than admitting they loved each other?), so in the end they weren't really affected or changed by this catastrophic event that murdertenderized most of the population of the East coast. That doesn't make any sense.

To Shyamalan: Please finally put a commentary track on the DVD and leave off the damn childhood movie making experiments. Thanks.
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5:05PM on 06/17/2008

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He's finally proven he's either a one trick pony or just ran out of ideas. This movie was just BAD. Not the train wreck that Lady in the Water was, but it's pretty close.
The writing was sloppy and completely treats the audience like they're stupid. He spells things out horribly, pretty much everything is foreshadowing the next scene. I couldn't believe it was coming from him. It felt like he passed the idea to a 12 year old boy and had that kid write it.
While he picked accomplished
He's finally proven he's either a one trick pony or just ran out of ideas. This movie was just BAD. Not the train wreck that Lady in the Water was, but it's pretty close.
The writing was sloppy and completely treats the audience like they're stupid. He spells things out horribly, pretty much everything is foreshadowing the next scene. I couldn't believe it was coming from him. It felt like he passed the idea to a 12 year old boy and had that kid write it.
While he picked accomplished actors, he didn't know how to use them at all. Walberg works well under good directors (scorcese, paul thomas anderson, etc), but he seems lost in this movie. His line delivery is completely off and registers in maybe three scenes. Zooey comes off completely useless. She's been great in other films, but not this.
And the direction? Really? What is he going for? Suspense? He might get it in one or two scenes, but he should stay away from horror. His gore scenes play like "Jason X", not scary, but hilarious. Nothing about this movie creeped me out....at all.
The worst part of this is that it COULD have been a great horror film. Imagine if Neil Marshall directed this, or even Sam Raimi could have had fun with this.
All in all, a complete waste of time.
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2:48AM on 06/16/2008

6/10

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Is this M. Night's return to glory? Well . . . no. As much as I hate to admit it, this is his second worst film after Lady in the Water (2/5). The ending is VERY weak. In fact, it doesn't really end at all, in a way. It simply stops just as it's beginning to build momentum. Another problem comes from the lead actors. Mark Wahlberg gives a rather "weird" performance and Zooey Deschanel may be the worst actress I've ever seen who wasn't in a B-movie. The movie contains a lot of
NO SPOILERS

Is this M. Night's return to glory? Well . . . no. As much as I hate to admit it, this is his second worst film after Lady in the Water (2/5). The ending is VERY weak. In fact, it doesn't really end at all, in a way. It simply stops just as it's beginning to build momentum. Another problem comes from the lead actors. Mark Wahlberg gives a rather "weird" performance and Zooey Deschanel may be the worst actress I've ever seen who wasn't in a B-movie. The movie contains a lot of humor to balance its intensity, and it was definitely the movie's strongest element, but the whole affair seemed slightly "off." Fortunately, even when Night's scripts are sub-par, his directing remains as strong and visually impressive as ever. I recommend this film only to the loyal M. Night Shyamalan fans. Anybody else should save their money for something better.
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11:38PM on 06/15/2008

STAY AHEAD OF THE WIND...STAY AWAY FROM THIS STINKER!

This movie sucked. I have completely lost all faith in M. Night Shyamalan, any future movies that has his name on it I will be not be wasting my money on. Ten minutes into this movie, I leaned over to my friend and said, "I know these people can act, but I'm just not seeing it." For all the depth Mark W. and Zooey D. had in this movie, Heidi & Spencer might as well have starred in this.

Poor writing, worse acting, plot elements that went no where, and a preachy half-assed plotline are the
This movie sucked. I have completely lost all faith in M. Night Shyamalan, any future movies that has his name on it I will be not be wasting my money on. Ten minutes into this movie, I leaned over to my friend and said, "I know these people can act, but I'm just not seeing it." For all the depth Mark W. and Zooey D. had in this movie, Heidi & Spencer might as well have starred in this.

Poor writing, worse acting, plot elements that went no where, and a preachy half-assed plotline are the basic elements in this movie. Save your money, save your time and don't see this movie. Or else you'll be like my friend at the end going, "Just end already. Get me out of this shitty movie!"
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3:15PM on 06/15/2008

Not the worst movie ever made, people.


I just watched The Happening and I'll have to admit that all the bad press did the movie well for me. I went in to it expecting to see the worst movie ever made. Instead, I got a flick with numerous flaws, but one that I really want to watch again. Soon.

Night continues to be a master of establishing mood with thoughtful direction, camera angles, and his sometimes excruciatingly slow pace. Unfortunately, he didn't spend nearly as much time with the script as he did setting up his

I just watched The Happening and I'll have to admit that all the bad press did the movie well for me. I went in to it expecting to see the worst movie ever made. Instead, I got a flick with numerous flaws, but one that I really want to watch again. Soon.

Night continues to be a master of establishing mood with thoughtful direction, camera angles, and his sometimes excruciatingly slow pace. Unfortunately, he didn't spend nearly as much time with the script as he did setting up his shots.

The dialog suffers from a severe lack of sub-text. Throughout the entire movie, every single character says exactly what they're thinking/feeling. Nothing is left to viewer interpretation. If someone is sad, they say, "I'm feeling very sad right now."

I have to believe that the acting was intended to come off as wooden and awkward as it was. I've enjoyed both Deschanel and Wahlberg in past films, but they just didn't have it here. No one did. It seems improbable that an entire cast phoned in a flick. It had to be intentional. Unless some mysterious, invisible plague attacked the acting center of their brains before they hit the set. In fact, Leguizamo seemed to be the only actor working in this flick. I really would have liked to see more of him here. His character was sincere and sympathetic, even while surrounded by lackluster performances from the rest of the cast.

Wahlberg's choices seemed odd. It was as if he was directed to be a "nice guy teacher," and to him that meant, speak in a high, whispery voice and whine pathetically whenever confronted. There's no reason that nice guy teacher character couldn't also have been a take-charge protagonist with a backbone.

My only other problem with the flick is that Shyamalan seemed to get lost in the running time. He had 90 minutes to tell us a story, but he spent a disproportionate amount of that time rehashing the same conversation. Never do the characters discover new evidence or pro-actively work to unravel the mystery. Instead, they lazily wonder about the cause of the disaster through every scene. Nor do they attempt even once to protect themselves. If you watched as hundreds of people were dying as a result of some airborne pathogen, wouldn't it occur to you at some point to throw on a mask of some sort. At the very least pull your shirt collar over your nose?

That being said, I have to say that I really enjoyed the movie. I'm usually not one to rate a movie very highly unless it really knocks me out of the park, but for some reason this one charmed me. I don't expect too many people to share my point of view, but I'll file this under my guilty pleasures, along with Van Helsing and A Sound of Thunder.
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1:42PM on 06/15/2008
Yeah, I agree with sugar: spoilers should be expected... not because you're an idiot, but because everyone in the world seems to be an idiot.

Hear this, remember it, learn it, KNOW it: People ruin things. [FACT]

If you don't want a movie spoiled, don't read about it, don't listen to people who want to talk to you about it, don't watch the trailer all the way through. (I watch just enough of a movie trailer to get the gist of it, and if I'm sold already, I direct my attention
Yeah, I agree with sugar: spoilers should be expected... not because you're an idiot, but because everyone in the world seems to be an idiot.

Hear this, remember it, learn it, KNOW it: People ruin things. [FACT]

If you don't want a movie spoiled, don't read about it, don't listen to people who want to talk to you about it, don't watch the trailer all the way through. (I watch just enough of a movie trailer to get the gist of it, and if I'm sold already, I direct my attention somewhere else. I've had too many movies spoiled for me by the trailer.)

So yeah, you have to be VERY careful when trying to get info about a movie before you've seen it... if you're a movie fan.
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11:11AM on 06/15/2008

Hey, Douchey

I'd imagine one would have to be an idiot to come in here having NOT seen the film, as the original post up there indicates it's a place to come after one has seen it to talk about the film.

Spoilers should be expected.



I'd imagine one would have to be an idiot to come in here having NOT seen the film, as the original post up there indicates it's a place to come after one has seen it to talk about the film.

Spoilers should be expected.



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9:49AM on 06/15/2008
1.) Marky Mark and Zooey managed to be completely wooden.
2.) The presence of the little girl was a worthless narrative conceit.
3.) There was no satisfying payoff on the mod ring as a plot element.
4.) Old, over-the-top psycho lady was distracting and could have been excised.
5.) The "science" behind the theories in this film is laughably shallow. I made the mistake of seeing it with two people working on Ph.D.s in botany, and they both ranted incessantly about factual inaccuracies and
1.) Marky Mark and Zooey managed to be completely wooden.
2.) The presence of the little girl was a worthless narrative conceit.
3.) There was no satisfying payoff on the mod ring as a plot element.
4.) Old, over-the-top psycho lady was distracting and could have been excised.
5.) The "science" behind the theories in this film is laughably shallow. I made the mistake of seeing it with two people working on Ph.D.s in botany, and they both ranted incessantly about factual inaccuracies and half truths.
6.) In a mood wholly dependent on mood, suspense, and a worthwhile protagonist, Night offers the wind as a villain and wooden, unlikable characters doing stupid, unsympathetic things.
7.) MNS has burned the last of the available good will I had left for his extended "Outer Limits" spisodes.
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5:42AM on 06/15/2008

NICE SPOILER

J.Burton. Idiot.
J.Burton. Idiot.
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4:38AM on 06/15/2008

THE MIGHTY HAVE FALLEN!

Sadly, I really hated this film - I was willing to give Night another chance after the abysmal Lady in the Water but this is a really bad movie. There are a few good scenes (Wahlberg talking to the plant, the creepy opening scenes) but Zooey Deschanel is absolutely atrocious - her character was obnoxious and her acting ensured that we didn't care whether her or anyone else in the movie lived or died. The anti-climactic finale was a letdown too - it was a good premise, but it was really poorly
Sadly, I really hated this film - I was willing to give Night another chance after the abysmal Lady in the Water but this is a really bad movie. There are a few good scenes (Wahlberg talking to the plant, the creepy opening scenes) but Zooey Deschanel is absolutely atrocious - her character was obnoxious and her acting ensured that we didn't care whether her or anyone else in the movie lived or died. The anti-climactic finale was a letdown too - it was a good premise, but it was really poorly executed - I'm still willing to give Night another chance to redeem himself though as I think Unbreakable and Signs are both near flawless
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4:26AM on 06/15/2008

NO NO NO

Worst movie I've ever seen. Marky Mark and Zooey Deschanel are pretty legit actors and MNS managed to make them look completely retarded. quite a directing feat. I'm pretty sure there wasnt a script.

"so whats gonna happen is that your gonna walk up on this house, and you should say...umm... 'LOOK AN OLD HOUSE!'... yeah that sounds good... aaannnd ACTION!"

pretty sure everyday on set went something like that.

Worst movie I've ever seen. Marky Mark and Zooey Deschanel are pretty legit actors and MNS managed to make them look completely retarded. quite a directing feat. I'm pretty sure there wasnt a script.

"so whats gonna happen is that your gonna walk up on this house, and you should say...umm... 'LOOK AN OLD HOUSE!'... yeah that sounds good... aaannnd ACTION!"

pretty sure everyday on set went something like that.

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4:10AM on 06/15/2008

be careful

Hey J Burton, waaay to spoil the movie for everyone who hasn't seen it yet, you big idiot. This post is for everyone, just be a critic and don't spoil movies in a post. Not cool. Be careful with your posts, unlike s**t for brains over here.
Hey J Burton, waaay to spoil the movie for everyone who hasn't seen it yet, you big idiot. This post is for everyone, just be a critic and don't spoil movies in a post. Not cool. Be careful with your posts, unlike s**t for brains over here.
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12:06AM on 06/15/2008

Strange

I don't know why, but many people seem to hate the idea of plants, killing humans in an effort to defend themselves. I dig it, cause it's a really cool idea, but I didn't like the movie as much as I thought I would.

Not Night's best, but better than Lady in the Water. Unbreakable is still my favorite Night film. "They called me Mr. Glass."

Several reviewers from other sights have said that Marky Marky turnd out the wrost performance they've ever seen from any actor. Damn that's harsh.
I don't know why, but many people seem to hate the idea of plants, killing humans in an effort to defend themselves. I dig it, cause it's a really cool idea, but I didn't like the movie as much as I thought I would.

Not Night's best, but better than Lady in the Water. Unbreakable is still my favorite Night film. "They called me Mr. Glass."

Several reviewers from other sights have said that Marky Marky turnd out the wrost performance they've ever seen from any actor. Damn that's harsh. His performance seemed realistic to me. I seen people who behave just like that character. And yes people, many parts are intentionally meant to be funny. I would have thought that was pretty clear, especially the talking to the plastic plant scene. Laugh people, it's okay!

But at least, everyone I think would at admit that the construction worker suicide scene was fan-friggin-tastic!

It wasn't preachy at all, it was just a story folks. It may be even an extreme version of something that one day may come true. And people will ofcourse think it's an act of terrorism from some brown folks. tehe.
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11:47PM on 06/14/2008

My Review: 7/10

No doubt is this M. Night's most funny film (not in an unintentional way). Think of this as a B-movie as M. Night intend it to be. The film really doesn't take itself seriously, in a way. There are some really funny scenes in here, including one with Mark Wahlberg apologizing to a plastic plant. So don't expect it to be all serious because of the trailer. From the beginning credits, the film pulled me in. I was with it. My heart was pounding. The score used in here is surprisingly
No doubt is this M. Night's most funny film (not in an unintentional way). Think of this as a B-movie as M. Night intend it to be. The film really doesn't take itself seriously, in a way. There are some really funny scenes in here, including one with Mark Wahlberg apologizing to a plastic plant. So don't expect it to be all serious because of the trailer. From the beginning credits, the film pulled me in. I was with it. My heart was pounding. The score used in here is surprisingly cheesy-like.

Within a few scenes into the movie, the film is quite eerie and chilling. This film is also character driven and I liked the characters. Obviously, the film has an environmental message. Preachy or not, I liked the idea of plants killing humans off because we're polluting the environment, but that's just me. You don't usually see original ideas like these. As a Night film, it's the worse but it's still a good movie. And no, there is not twist ending in this film so don't expect one.

Rather than CGI effects, mindless action scenes that does nothing with the plot, and the usual characteristics of a summer movie, "The Happening" shifts over to the other side: It's slow paced and character driven. The performance, whatever people said about them, were actually good in here. Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel, and John Leguizamo all do a good job. See, most people expect them to act like people in every other apocalyptic thriller: Scared, terrified, etc. Well, they do act like that but not in the way you expect them to be.

People usually don't like M. Night movies because they have the wrong expectations for it. Well, I'll tell you this: Expect a B-movie inspired by "The Birds." Some people will go along with the idea. Some will not. It depends the type of person you are that determines if you're going to enjoy this film or not. As for me, I enjoyed it much better than the usual summer fare.
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11:03PM on 06/14/2008
I liked it.
I liked it.
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9:55PM on 06/14/2008
I liked the Village and can understand how people can like all his previous movies. But I can't believe someone actually enjoying The Happening.
I liked the Village and can understand how people can like all his previous movies. But I can't believe someone actually enjoying The Happening.
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9:50PM on 06/14/2008

WOW

I wanted to like this movie, I really did. But it is really bad. AWFUL, actually. The dialogue is so bad that it's laughable. I also thought the acting was really bad too with Zooey being the worst as the wife. I just didn't care at all what happened to the characters and it wasn't scary at all.
I wanted to like this movie, I really did. But it is really bad. AWFUL, actually. The dialogue is so bad that it's laughable. I also thought the acting was really bad too with Zooey being the worst as the wife. I just didn't care at all what happened to the characters and it wasn't scary at all.
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4:36PM on 06/14/2008
This movie actually made me mad how bad it was. I was sprawling to leave the theater. The acting was so, so bad. It wasn't even B movie worthy.
This movie actually made me mad how bad it was. I was sprawling to leave the theater. The acting was so, so bad. It wasn't even B movie worthy.
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3:31PM on 06/14/2008

Terrible

I usually don't trust reviews, but the scathing reviews were this were spot on. I'm not sure if the entire thing was meant to be tongue in cheek or if it was meant to be scary. Is this from the same guy who wrote Sixth Sense?
I usually don't trust reviews, but the scathing reviews were this were spot on. I'm not sure if the entire thing was meant to be tongue in cheek or if it was meant to be scary. Is this from the same guy who wrote Sixth Sense?
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2:05PM on 06/14/2008
It was a comedy right? Or was I supposed to be afraid? It had a good concept, yet again... but M. Night Shyamalan seemed to afraid to actually show anything of significance. Go back to Unbreakable and Signs. Hell perhaps direct from someone else's script for once. Free your self up a little more.
It was a comedy right? Or was I supposed to be afraid? It had a good concept, yet again... but M. Night Shyamalan seemed to afraid to actually show anything of significance. Go back to Unbreakable and Signs. Hell perhaps direct from someone else's script for once. Free your self up a little more.
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7:28AM on 06/14/2008
FANTASTIC!

Thrilling, terrifying, emotional, suspenseful, powerful - in short, vintage Shyamalan.

And there wasn't a twist ending to make all these whiny bitches out there complain even more about him (even though I always respect his choices in storytelling), yay!

Big fat A+ for THIS one, from me.
FANTASTIC!

Thrilling, terrifying, emotional, suspenseful, powerful - in short, vintage Shyamalan.

And there wasn't a twist ending to make all these whiny bitches out there complain even more about him (even though I always respect his choices in storytelling), yay!

Big fat A+ for THIS one, from me.
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6:02AM on 06/14/2008

Wow....... bad.

Okay, I agree with everyone that the shots were great. They looked cool and all. But I would have appreciated way more creepiness and horror/gore type stuff. I mean I don't think I've ever been more creeped out than the first time I played Silent Hill because it was not just dark it was DARK! I know we're talking two different mediums here but hopefully you get what I'm saying. Also, I hated the save the planet message. While I love the Earth and spend as much time with nature as I can I
Okay, I agree with everyone that the shots were great. They looked cool and all. But I would have appreciated way more creepiness and horror/gore type stuff. I mean I don't think I've ever been more creeped out than the first time I played Silent Hill because it was not just dark it was DARK! I know we're talking two different mediums here but hopefully you get what I'm saying. Also, I hated the save the planet message. While I love the Earth and spend as much time with nature as I can I did not want to be preached to about it, it just ruined the whole mood for me. I also thought the acting was like bad 80's, indie horror lame. Wahlberg is okay, but still. There was nothing really salvageable on the whole.
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3:06AM on 06/14/2008
...for some reason this thing keeps posting my comments twice.
...for some reason this thing keeps posting my comments twice.
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3:00AM on 06/14/2008

I liked it

I liked the film, but then again I like all of his films. I think M.Knight is like Wes Anderson, either you love him or hate him. I have watched all of Wes Andersons films and I have hated everyone of them. Yep, all of them. Not to say that the Happening did not have its flaws, but it did manage to keep me entertained for the 90 minute run time. Don't think that it deserved the R rating though, no gore really and no cussing. Oh and I saw someone say something about the tiger thing...That
I liked the film, but then again I like all of his films. I think M.Knight is like Wes Anderson, either you love him or hate him. I have watched all of Wes Andersons films and I have hated everyone of them. Yep, all of them. Not to say that the Happening did not have its flaws, but it did manage to keep me entertained for the 90 minute run time. Don't think that it deserved the R rating though, no gore really and no cussing. Oh and I saw someone say something about the tiger thing...That would actually be impossible on an Iphone. You can't get multimedia text messaging on them, I know, I have one. Someone would of had to upload that to youtube first, then you would have to search to find it, you get the idea.
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12:10AM on 06/14/2008

Oh, almost forgot...


--SPOILER ALERT--, although it shouldn't matter by now.


What the HELL was up with that ending newscast show? Friggin' condescending bullsh(#*@.

Yeah yeah...we get it. The plant thing is global warming and the scientist is trying to say that it's real but nobody believes him...OOOOOOOH, real subtle there. Very intricately woven metaphor.


This is the funny part about The Happening: I liked it better when it was called "Signs", and was scarier.

--SPOILER ALERT--, although it shouldn't matter by now.


What the HELL was up with that ending newscast show? Friggin' condescending bullsh(#*@.

Yeah yeah...we get it. The plant thing is global warming and the scientist is trying to say that it's real but nobody believes him...OOOOOOOH, real subtle there. Very intricately woven metaphor.


This is the funny part about The Happening: I liked it better when it was called "Signs", and was scarier.
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12:06AM on 06/14/2008

Total Disaster

NOT HAPPENING...

...there's a better negative pun to be had there, but it resides beyond my grasp.


This is was just... such a terrible instance of writing/storytelling as I've ever seen.

Lemme get the good out of the way first:

The movie was BEAUTIFUL. The opening sequence evoked Hitchcock so much I half-expected to see Jimmy Stewart in that classroom instead of Whalberg. The lighting, gorgeous. The shots, wonderfully composed. M.Night has that eye.... that eye that only great
NOT HAPPENING...

...there's a better negative pun to be had there, but it resides beyond my grasp.


This is was just... such a terrible instance of writing/storytelling as I've ever seen.

Lemme get the good out of the way first:

The movie was BEAUTIFUL. The opening sequence evoked Hitchcock so much I half-expected to see Jimmy Stewart in that classroom instead of Whalberg. The lighting, gorgeous. The shots, wonderfully composed. M.Night has that eye.... that eye that only great directors have.

But the STORY. It's just unforgiveable. The concept was fine. It's great. But everything ELSE. All the exposition rampant during the movie ('random cut to cheesy newscast freaking out', 'convenient phonecall to family member who knows everyone is dead').

The dialogue... "I hear wind from the OUTSIDE!", Jesus. I was insulted.

And the gore? Not impressive. And I don't mean in a gorehound sort of "Cannibal Ferox was better" sort of way. I mean in a "that's it? That's what you have to offer?"

Oh, another quip, what was up with the badly superimposed television monitors on screen? Horrible.

And the "creepy" thing with the guy feeding himself to the lions. Are you shittin' me? People complained that Indy IV had bad CGI, but some guy composited in with some lions gets his arm erased in after effects and I'm supposed to be impressed?

Just. blegh.
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11:29PM on 06/13/2008
this is exactly what i think about "the happening" and m. night shyamalan:

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this is exactly what i think about "the happening" and m. night shyamalan:

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8:45PM on 06/13/2008

Absolutely terrible, M. Nights worst ever.

This was a terrible film. Boring and utterly pointless & completely laughable in it's explanation of things. It was basically another brow-beating save the planet crap again. I get it we are using up too many things, I went to be entertained not be preached too. Please skip this and see the relatively entertaining Hulk instead.
This was a terrible film. Boring and utterly pointless & completely laughable in it's explanation of things. It was basically another brow-beating save the planet crap again. I get it we are using up too many things, I went to be entertained not be preached too. Please skip this and see the relatively entertaining Hulk instead.
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5:16PM on 06/13/2008

Her Name Should be Zooey WHATTHEHELL

Saw this and Hulk today. Boy, am I glad I saw Shamma first, as I needed the Hulk to smash me out of my incredibly saddened state.

I adore M. Night, I should say first, even Lady in the Water. And, despite what I shall say next, The Happening provides a visual feast replete with auteur moves by Shamma: reflections, canted camera angles, excellent composition, saturated lighting, and a score that beefs up the creepy factor. THERE BE SPOILERS AHEAD!!

Two things make this the worst
Saw this and Hulk today. Boy, am I glad I saw Shamma first, as I needed the Hulk to smash me out of my incredibly saddened state.

I adore M. Night, I should say first, even Lady in the Water. And, despite what I shall say next, The Happening provides a visual feast replete with auteur moves by Shamma: reflections, canted camera angles, excellent composition, saturated lighting, and a score that beefs up the creepy factor. THERE BE SPOILERS AHEAD!!

Two things make this the worst Shamma film in all of Shammadom:

the premise which is not given its due drama at the end. No, I don't need a twist. I do need more than a voice over, though, and I don't really need the three months later with our core cast. Cut to France would have been better. I understand it was done to add closure, but the best way to go would have been no closure and cut away.

Now, to the worst problem: yeah, blue eyes and black hair and pale skin are all so hotsy totsy, but goddamn, Zooey Dumbashell couldn't act her way out of a paper sack. Bad delivery. Horrible conviction (or lack thereof).

Marky Mark had some of his funky bunch going with quips and such, but Jesus, it was weak in places.

Betty Buckley was chilling at times, but I get the feeling that so much was cut out with her character, what with the isolated shot of the picture and her isolation in the house never explained much.

And, uh, WHY have the subplot with the little girl and Leguizamo? It was unnecessary. At first, I thought the split at the crossroads would give us this nice double view of the situation, Leg and Marky Mark helming their own parts of the script. But, nope. And, wow, if you're going to kill off such a great actor, let him run with it, don't shoot a lame-o wrist cut(uh, the wrong way, even) and cut away.

Many will say that the premise of this film is its main problem. I do not believe this to be true. I think that the premise is intriguing and, like all good writer/directors, Shamma refuses to explain it all, acknowledging that NOT having the answers is not only more frightening but also more realistic (much like his scientist protagonist would argue). I'm such a sad Shamma fan today. But thank God for Norton and crew to pep me up. You may have found me hanging from a tree if I had to see Zooey stare all doe-eyed at the camera one more time and deliver a vacuous line.
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4:31PM on 06/13/2008

It was ok

I enjoyed it because it gives us a lesson never piss off nature, but I have to agree with most people Mark Wahlberg needs to scream louder. I mean he just witnessed a teenager get shot and then he's like nooooo! in his Boogie Nights voice.
I enjoyed it because it gives us a lesson never piss off nature, but I have to agree with most people Mark Wahlberg needs to scream louder. I mean he just witnessed a teenager get shot and then he's like nooooo! in his Boogie Nights voice.
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2:29PM on 06/13/2008

Meh

I think M.Night is losing his touch....this movie sounds terrible! I'll wait for DVD to check out this flick, so I don't waste too much money. I hope The Incredible Hulk "smashes" this movie this weekend!! "HULK SMASH!"
I think M.Night is losing his touch....this movie sounds terrible! I'll wait for DVD to check out this flick, so I don't waste too much money. I hope The Incredible Hulk "smashes" this movie this weekend!! "HULK SMASH!"
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2:05PM on 06/13/2008

WENT IN WITH LOWERED EXPECTATIONS

A lot of bad buzz out there, but I surprisingly enjoyed the hell out of this movie!
A lot of bad buzz out there, but I surprisingly enjoyed the hell out of this movie!
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1:22PM on 06/13/2008

So sad :(

I'm a huge Night fan. I own all of his DVD's, regularly check out websites dedicated to news on him and all that jazz. I'm one of the guys who could see the good points in Lady in the Water.
Recently I've been watching all of his previous work, in anticipation for "The Happening". This was a great way of looking at how he constructs all of his films and got me really excited for his latest story.

Boy oh boy, I was terribly disappointed with "The Happening"...this film is terrible.

There
I'm a huge Night fan. I own all of his DVD's, regularly check out websites dedicated to news on him and all that jazz. I'm one of the guys who could see the good points in Lady in the Water.
Recently I've been watching all of his previous work, in anticipation for "The Happening". This was a great way of looking at how he constructs all of his films and got me really excited for his latest story.

Boy oh boy, I was terribly disappointed with "The Happening"...this film is terrible.

There are little to no redeeming values in the movie, it's a like a spoof of a b-horror movie...except it's not a spoof, its taking itself seriously. Night is normally able to draw great performances from his actors, that is not the case here. Mark Whalberg and Zoey Deschanel are wooden and seem to be rehearsing lines during the entire film. The supporting actors are o.k, but there isn't a stand out moment in the film at all in terms of acting.

I think the main problem is the script in general. We're thrown right into the middle of the action, so we're basically told what's going on straight away. The rest of the movie spends so much time trying to explain itself to us, through clunky unrealistic dialogue, that we loose all emotional attachment to the characters.

An example (and I don't think there's any spoilers here) is when they arrive at a crazy old womans house. They sit around the dinner table and listen to her explain in tremendous detail about a pipe which connects to an old shed in the yard next to her house. This explanation is so painstaking and obvious she might as well have said "so if you want to use that pipe later in the story, feel free to do so".

Likewise the scares seem to be non-existent. Yes, there's a lot of violence...but where's the tension building that we all love from Shyamalan so much? I miss those extremely long shots which help to create the atmosphere (like when the Aliens arrive to harvest in Signs, and kill the family dog). Even James Newton Howard's score is lackluster, where were the themes which he normally builds so well?

All in all, I was severely disappointed. I honestly don't know what to expect from Night in the future.
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11:04AM on 06/13/2008
Like I said in the Hulk version of this, I saw this, Hulk and Speed on the same day. Loved Hulk and Speed but thought the Happening was so so. They didnt use the R rating to their advantage at all, the story was meh, the acting seemed awkward at times, nothing exciting really happened, it was just meh.

Worst of all there were plot elements introduced that had the premise to actually work and they didnt, they werent even used....

*SPOILER*

What the fuck was with the mood ring? They
Like I said in the Hulk version of this, I saw this, Hulk and Speed on the same day. Loved Hulk and Speed but thought the Happening was so so. They didnt use the R rating to their advantage at all, the story was meh, the acting seemed awkward at times, nothing exciting really happened, it was just meh.

Worst of all there were plot elements introduced that had the premise to actually work and they didnt, they werent even used....

*SPOILER*

What the fuck was with the mood ring? They could have used it to where she thought he was changing and was about to do something but noticed his mood ring didnt change and it saved them or something blah blah. I mean you spend 80 fucking minutes focusing on a mood ring and then do NOTHING with it in a movie ABOUT plants altering moods?

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10:51AM on 06/13/2008
Saw this movie last night and loved the hell outta it. Shyamalan hasn't created a comeback - he's created a hell of a movie. And, - no - I'm not defending the movie, because to me the movie needs no defending. It's WAY better than the unnecessary ("hey, let's throw in cameos and try to fake the comic geeks out that this movie is actually GOOD") Incredible Hulk movie. Yeah, I saw that one last night too.

Sorry, haters. But, I love what I love. And, nope, I don't like crap. Like I said, I
Saw this movie last night and loved the hell outta it. Shyamalan hasn't created a comeback - he's created a hell of a movie. And, - no - I'm not defending the movie, because to me the movie needs no defending. It's WAY better than the unnecessary ("hey, let's throw in cameos and try to fake the comic geeks out that this movie is actually GOOD") Incredible Hulk movie. Yeah, I saw that one last night too.

Sorry, haters. But, I love what I love. And, nope, I don't like crap. Like I said, I didn't enjoy Incredible Hulk.
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9:51AM on 06/13/2008
yo man lol be negative after you seen the movie
yo man lol be negative after you seen the movie
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7:17AM on 06/13/2008

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I don't normally hold with negative critical appraisal of films that haven't been viewed by the commentator, but I wanna say that I was bored when I heard the premise of this film, I was bored by the trailer, and M. Night couldn't be a more boring film-maker right now. Probably the only thing going for this flick could be Shyamalan's absence from the cast list. Seriously, the squeaking auteur cannot act. But I don't think that'll be enough to fork out the cash to waste my time watching this
I don't normally hold with negative critical appraisal of films that haven't been viewed by the commentator, but I wanna say that I was bored when I heard the premise of this film, I was bored by the trailer, and M. Night couldn't be a more boring film-maker right now. Probably the only thing going for this flick could be Shyamalan's absence from the cast list. Seriously, the squeaking auteur cannot act. But I don't think that'll be enough to fork out the cash to waste my time watching this dirge.
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