“The Happening”

Mark Wahlberg
Zooey Deschanel
John Leguizamo
Ashlyn Sanchez
Betty Buckley
Spencer Breslin
Robert Bailey Jr.
Frank Collison
Jeremy Strong
Alan Ruck

R           90min           2008

In this heart pounding apocalyptic thriller from M. Night Shyamalan, the writer-director of The Sixth Sense and Signs, a unstoppable event threatens the world’s population by attacking the most basic human instinct of all – survival. Mark Wahlberg stars as Elliot Moore, an ordinary man trying to save his family from a terrifying, invisible killers. As Elliot discovers the incredible possibility of what is happening, it is clear that no one – and nowhere is safe

M. Night Shyamalan returns in great form. Even with The Happening‘s twisted spoiled two days before I watched it, its still an interesting and intriguing thriller. It so appealing is that because it has one of my own personal truths “grass is bad…concrete is good”. With the way we treat natural it could entirely happen.

Mark Wahlberg does a great job at capturing the deer in headlights. He’s a man trying to rationalize and postulate what is happening around him, as a scientist and still come to grips with his ever changing reality. Many of the characters are not fleshed out. It is mainly a story about man adapting.

The Happening has everything that I look for in a good drama. A story that I can relate with and is believable. Even if you’re cynical this story can’t entirely be ruled out as impossible. A drama that has me thinking after the film is done. It had me thinking if it were true would I be in danger.

It has all the standard DVD features and featurettes. There is anything in the special features that stand out. It mas movie preview’s for The X-Files: I Want to Believe, Joy Ride 2: Dead Ahead, Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia, Street Kings and Mirrors.

I give The Happening 5 out of 5.


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