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What happens in "The Happening"?

I can't tell you that. In fact, don't let anyone spoil the reason why people are committing suicide en masse in the movie. It's not a surprise-twist kind of thing: It's just that you'll never be able to take the film seriously if you know the answer going in.

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I can tell you that a lot of people are going to hate M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening when it opens on Friday. The movie is going to divide audiences, with the cons outnumbering the pros. But the pros will definitely be there - me among them.

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If it's not quite on par with Signs or The Sixth Sense, The Happening is definitely a bounce back from the turgidness of The Village and the idiocy of Lady in the Water. Even when his scripts aren't working, Shyamalan knows how to frame shots and build suspense like a fiend: This is a taut, lean (90 minutes), beautifully directed movie built around a premise that no filmmaker could have pulled off successfully.

Happening_2 But the performances are excellent, the last half-hour is wonderfully bizarre and there's a surprising amount of humor in it, too. Not all of the humor is intentional, alas. But keep in mind Shyamalan ended his last film with a giant eagle flying in to save the day. Whatever you may think of him, you can't call him a chicken.

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Sri

Nice.

Looking forward to the movie.

:)

Juan

I'm looking foward to Hulk far more then this, but I am seeing both during the weekend. Lady in the Water was such a DISASTER of a movie. It was so bad it actually entertained me with it's own laughable stupidity. That really isn't a compliment at all.

Your review does give me some hope for this film though. I never expected it to be on par with The Sixth Sense, but just to be entertaining and not complete nonsense. Sadly, I already know exactly what is going on in the film. I read a plot synopsis of this film around a year ago which didn't bother to shy away from exactly what is going on in the film. As I remember, the original title was "The Green Effect" or something like that. I'm still wanting to see it regardless, just to see how it all works out. I have a question for you though, at which point in the film is it explained exactly what is happening? During the middle or end? Or is it explained right off the bat?

Rene Rodriguez

Juan: The characters in the film are trying to figure out what is going on right from the start. There are a few theories, but only one of them proves itself to be correct as the film progresses. So it's not a big revelation, but a gradual "It must be Theory B" sort of thing. The point is that the reason for why it's all happening is kind of a MacGuffin: The whys and hows are not the point of the movie. But people who are sticklers for plausibility and logic are going to have a tough time with it. I didn't.

Juan

I'm not much a stickler for plausibility and logic. If whatever happens in a film works in the context of the film, i'm perfectly fine with it. Take Iron Man for example. Nobody could ever believe a suit like that would work so perfectly, yet, in the context of the film, it worked brilliantly. The alien crap in Indy 4, totally didn't work and took me right out of the film. That's a perfect example of stretching it to the point of distraction.

Already knowing what is going on in this film, just from reading it, I don't find it too ridiculous or silly. I think it CAN work in the film, depending on how it's handled. That will be what makes or breaks this film for me.

M. Knight SUUUCCCKKSSS

The Happening = The WORST movie EVER. Seriously, I have no idea why people think M. Knight Shyalaman is a good and/or a brilliant director...ALL HIS MOVIES ARE TERRIBLE...My god, PLANTS! PLANTS are the reason everyone dies in The Happening...seriously, how does he come up with this trash...has he signed a multi-million dollar deal with a company that produces hybrid cars and more efficient means of energy??? After all, we can't piss off the plants anymore, they'll mutate and kill us all. I mean come on, how in the hell was he supposed to make this a scary movie when the villains are freakin' carrots... hollywood hyped this movie up as his "first R rated movie" like that was supposed to mean something...this movie was a G rated movie on steroids at best. I say this because how the hell are plants going to hurt you or scare you, were the blades of grass going to detach themselves from the ground become extremely rigid and start slicing people...wow, I HATE YOU M. KNIGHT SHYALAMAN AND I HOPE YOU NEVER MAKE ANOTHER FILM EVER AGAIN FOR THE SAKE OF HUMANITY.


...Wahlburg did his best to make this a good movie...Sorry Mark, but no matter how you dress it up a piece of sh*t will always be a piece of sh*t! And that script was a piece of sh*t, and even with the glitter and gleam, IE Shyalaman and his first "R" rated film, the MOVIE STILL WAS TERRIBLE....Seriously folks, don't waste your time OR money, I took 5 min out of my day to write this warning to you...that's how bad this movie was, TRUST ME!

M. Knight SUUUCCCKKSSS

The Happening = The WORST movie EVER. Seriously, I have no idea why people think M. Knight Shyalaman is a good and/or a brilliant director...ALL HIS MOVIES ARE TERRIBLE...My god, PLANTS! PLANTS are the reason everyone dies in The Happening...seriously, how does he come up with this trash...has he signed a multi-million dollar deal with a company that produces hybrid cars and more efficient means of energy??? After all, we can't piss off the plants anymore, they'll mutate and kill us all. I mean come on, how in the hell was he supposed to make this a scary movie when the villains are freakin' carrots... hollywood hyped this movie up as his "first R rated movie" like that was supposed to mean something...this movie was a G rated movie on steroids at best. I say this because how the hell are plants going to hurt you or scare you, were the blades of grass going to detach themselves from the ground become extremely rigid and start slicing people...wow, I HATE YOU M. KNIGHT SHYALAMAN AND I HOPE YOU NEVER MAKE ANOTHER FILM EVER AGAIN FOR THE SAKE OF HUMANITY.


...Wahlburg did his best to make this a good movie...Sorry Mark, but no matter how you dress it up a piece of sh*t will always be a piece of sh*t! And that script was a piece of sh*t, and even with the glitter and gleam, IE Shyalaman and his first "R" rated film, the MOVIE STILL WAS TERRIBLE....Seriously folks, don't waste your time OR money, I took 5 min out of my day to write this warning to you...that's how bad this movie was, TRUST ME!

brandon

this movie was not the best, or the worst. if you were expecting a scary thriller this isn't it. However, it does have some logic. The way the plants could possibly kill us makes perfect sense. There have been more weird things that have happened on our planet. So i give kudos to M.night on thinking outside the box and making me take a second look at the possibilities of strange things happening.

J

I agree with Brandon. I think M. night is brave for trying something different. People are angry because he didn't have a twist at the end and gave away information in the beginning of the movie. But he did it in a way that still keeps you captivated throughout the entire movie. So even though it didn't have a twist like his other movies or like people expected it to, it still left viewers with an unexpected ending. So good for him. Also, it has a very good message. We are basically destroying this planet and mother nature is bound to get rid of the problem if we don't. Plants evolve just as we do and all living things have defense mechanisms.

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