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The Happening

48 Ratings: 0.2
A movie directed by M. Night Shyamalan.

   You'd expect the end of the world to be no day in the park, but in M. Night Shyamalan'sThe Happening, a day in the park is where the end begins. One otherwise peaceful summer morning, New Yorkers strolling in Central Park come to … see full wiki

Genre: Action, Adventure
Release Date: June 13, 2008
MPAA Rating: R
19 reviews about The Happening
review by . December 01, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
** out of ****      In the past, M. Night Shyamalan has dealt with the ominous, the dark, the questionable, the humane, and even the beautiful. He has shocked me and with "Signs", I was most certainly riveted. But then came "The Village", which was a decent movie, but it was a big step down from "Signs". Then came "Lady in the Water", which I just could not find myself enjoying. M. Night Shyamalan tries to patch up his career with his first …
review by . March 15, 2011
one spoiler      The thing about The Happening is that its probably the funniest mass-death movie ever made. For a horror-thriller thing about...well...mass death, that's not a good thing. This movie is a big part of the reputation that M. Night Shyamalan has gotten today, but you watch this and say that he doesn't deserve it. With the proper effort put in, this movie could have been a decent horror-thriller movie, but with no effort whatsoever put in, The Happening …
review by . August 08, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Man Cannot Explain Every Phenomena, But He Tries To Explain Through Deductive Reasoning...
Act of God- A direct and sudden event or action of certain unexplainable forces that could not be reasonably foreseen; it compromises all evidence and defies all attempts at explanation by Science.      THE HAPPENING is writer/director M. Night Shyamalan’s latest outing after his somewhat disappointing “Lady in the Water”. This director’s films are lyrical in tone but often has a darkness in their proceedings; Shyamalan‘s films are also thematic …
review by . May 04, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
I heard this was M. Night Shyamalan's best film since The Sixth Sense (Collector's Edition Series), so I wanted to see for myself.     I really liked this movie because it was suspenseful and moved along at a fast clip, but it's definitely not in the same league as The Sixth Sense. That was a gripping movie, filled with eerie, frightening happenings and great acting.    The opening scene of The Happening occurs in Central Park on a bustling, normal day. Two …
Quick Tip by . October 19, 2010
I enjoyed it, but this one didn't feel up to the standard of the first ones.
Quick Tip by . August 20, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
dumb dumb boring and dumb did i mention dumb?? lots of suspence leading up to NOTHING
review by . July 05, 2009
The Happening is Shymalan's first bad movie. But he still has yet to make a complete dud of a film. This one comes a bit close, but not quite. For one, the premise is much too good: Mother Earth strikes back, emitting from all of her greenery a toxin that is fatal for humans. Specifically, it causes them to kill themselves.From there, you can gather that the 90 minute runtime will be filled with confusion and hysteria as everyone tries to escape this strange Green Effect (by the way, that was the …
Quick Tip by . April 29, 2010
posted in MovieSucktastic
Movie Review Haiku: The Happening - Answers the question / "What's Happening?" with a curt / "Nothing worth watching."
review by . August 26, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
If you go into "The Happening" expecting an American style horror/disaster flick, you're bound to be disappointed. What you want from that kind of film are massive explosions, car crashes, tornadoes, zombies or monsters or ghosts, and big budget special effects, all tied together into some kind of coherent narrative with escalating action, leading to a climax in which (usually) the hero saves the world (or at least the local community) and achieves some kind of much needed reconciliation with his/her …
review by . July 08, 2009
M. Night Shayamalan got a huge career boost with The Sixth Sense.  When Unbreakable and Signs came out later, they were met with similar praise from fans.  People found his films to be something different and unique.  Shayamalan made his first mishap with The Village.  The idea of a big twist at the end of his movies didn't get old.  His twists just got weaker.  The Village was a movie that many found absorbing until those last few minutes when we learned of the twist.  …
review by . May 01, 2009
In our opening, people start committing suicide randomly,finding strangely violent cinematic ways to dispatch themselves -¬†and they haven't even seen this film yet. Cut to Marky Mark, a high school teacher in Philly who is making his kids fail their SATs by filling their heads with nonsense about disappearing bees. Are the bees related? What do you think? When the news of this potential bio-terrorist attack hits the school, Marky decides for some reason to get on a train with his not-quite-clear-how-estanged …
Quick Tip by . November 23, 2009
Should've been called "The Crappening." Proves M. Night is a one-hit-wonder.
review by . August 07, 2009
M. Night Shyamalan broke into Hollywood with Sixth Sense and was immediately considered one of the top, young directors in Hollywood. This was soon followed by Unbreakable, a movie that cemented Bruce Willis as one of the top actors of the 1990s. It was also a breakthrough film for the comic-book genre. Then came Signs and the Village, two films that though still innovative and original, had many detractors. Finally, it seems Mr. Night's magic has run out. Lady in the Water barely broke even at …
review by . February 06, 2009
I must state up front that I am a big M. Night Shyamalan fan. I'm especially partial to both Signs and The Village, which in my mind are pure genius. Every time one of his films is released I'm always amazed at the slaughter that ensues from both fans and critics alike. Make no mistake about, people love to hate this guy and I just don't get it. I believe that Shyamalan is one of the most innovative filmmakers of our time and I'm always anxiously awaiting his next offering.      As …
review by . December 15, 2008
Holy bad acting Batman. I tried hard to watch this movie. The first half hour, I figured it has to get better. Marky Mark (sorry Wahlberg, but you were Marky Mark in this stinker) was reading his lines. That guy from Sex In The City was reading his. And Zoey, I do love Zoey, was just plain not good in this film. There was a point at which I said, life is just too short to lose an hour and a half.     I skipped ahead to the end. And the mystery here, nature self regulating, is …
review by . December 13, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
I'm a fan of M. Night Shyamalan. THE SIXTH SENSE, UNBREAKBLE, and SIGNS are not only entertaining films, but the stories in those films tacks some very deep and important issues, such as love, the nature of evil, and faith. Even though THE VILLAGE and LADY IN THE WATER were not as well received by either audiences are critics, I enjoyed both of them (in fact I loved LADY IN THE WATER--it's a modern-day fairy tale told right). Therefore, I was quite excited to see THE HAPPENING. Instead of having …
review by . September 02, 2008
Bob Dylan told it best, but if Buffalo Springfield were to put the gist of this movie into song, it might go like this:     "There's something happening here   What it is ain't exactly clear   There's some wind in the trees over there   Telling me I got to beware     It's time to stop - children, what's that sound?   Everybody look what's going down"       However, it's better that you NOT …
review by . September 03, 2008
I wanted to love this movie. Against all my reason, I believed that M. (are you serious with that?) could possibly make a comeback. I believed that perhaps he would use the wiggle-room he gained with the R rating to do something new and interesting. No. He only filled the movie with gore. While I have complained since Unbreakable that he simply makes the same movie over and over with different names and locations and "twists", I was still disappointed that none of his classic tricks were even there. …
review by . September 08, 2008
The movie's concept is certainly an unsettling one and the opening of the movie is quite a push. An unseen force is causing people to suddenly become disorientated, lose the ability to speak and then commit suicide in creatively gruesome ways that richly deserve the first R rating Shyamalan has garnered. The fact that it first happens in New York City causes people to think initially that it is a terrorist attack. As the invisible "plague" spreads through other cities in the Northeast, that possibility …
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