Studio: UTV/Spyglass/20th Century Fox
Release date: June 13, 2008
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, John Leguizamo,
the hell is happening when something that blows in the air gives you the
overwhelming urge to want to kill yourself? Whats happening when your Mom and
Dad disappear, and the innocent life you knew has forever changed?
happening when you try to stay alive just long enough to even hope and pray for
a new beginning, whatever that beginning may bring?
The Happening, written
and directed by M. Night Shyamalan (of Sixth Sense, Signs and The Village),
is one of those films where after seeing it, you wont be able to speak – but
your mind will have a million questions. Basically, what the f**k is happening?
movie is scary, for real. Not the blood-and-guts, lose-your-breath kind of
scared; but this-sh*t-could-really-happen scary think about how Tupac
prophesized about his own death scary.
begin the movie right in the middle of the attack – a pure and gentle breeze,
blowing through Central Park in New York. Dogs are frolicking and people are
sitting reading and conversing with friends. All of a sudden, something is
wrong. But what?
you cant put your finger on, and then your mind goes blank.
a high school science classroom, where Elliot Moore (Mark
Wahlberg) is eagerly teaching his class the importance of being
interested in science. You might want to develop an interest in science, not
just because of the hunk teaching, but because it could save your life.
school, his best friend Julian (John Leguizamo) teaches next door. M. Knight does a
wonderful job early on in letting us know that they are tight like brothers.
The dialogue between the two and their students is refreshing and vibrant. They
are passionate about their students, their friendship and later on you see,
passionate about their women.
say good men are hard to find – but good men ran through The Happening – and all happen to be in the Midwest where the
initial attacks occurred. After news of the attack makes its way to the school
classrooms, Elliot, his wife Alma (Zooey Deschanel)
and Julian with his cute daughter make plans to travel to PA for some away-time
with their families.
plan gets detailed and theyre left in the middle of nowhere to survive. But
whats happening, you ask? No one knows, but people are dropping dead. This is
where the story moves from a wide view of whats happening to a narrow view of our
heroes and their survival.
the movie, I couldnt help but think of my own urban upbringing. You were
either the person who ran to crowds, asking whats happening, or you were like
me, walking in the opposite direction. Which one are you? a part of the crowd
trying to survive or are you one who can make it on their own?
science and devastation all play very important roles in The Happening, but the scariest part of this film is in trying to
find an answer.
still wondering if this is a movie worth seeing or should you just let this
one go? You have to make that decision on your own; be a part of the crowd or
go it alone.