Happening

The Happening

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Director: M. Night Shyamalan

Cast: M. Night Shyamalan, Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel, John Leguizamo

     
 

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Lady in the Water director M. Night Shyamalan puts PG-13 suspense on pause to tell this grim apocalyptic tale about a family fleeing a natural disaster that poses a grave threat to the whole of humanity. Philadelphia high-school science teacher Elliot Moore (Mark

Overview

Lady in the Water director M. Night Shyamalan puts PG-13 suspense on pause to tell this grim apocalyptic tale about a family fleeing a natural disaster that poses a grave threat to the whole of humanity. Philadelphia high-school science teacher Elliot Moore (Mark Wahlberg) is discussing the disappearance of the bees with his students when the staff is summoned to the theater and briefed about a mysterious event that is currently unfolding in New York City. According to reports, citizens in the vicinity of Central Park have suddenly and inexplicably begun seizing up just before killing themselves by whatever means are at their disposal. As the phenomena begins to spread and talk of terrorism fills the airwaves, Elliot, his wife, Alma (Zooey Deschanel), their friend Julian (John Leguizamo), and his daughter, Jess (Ashlyn Sanchez), board a train bound for the presumed safety of the country. When the train screeches to a halt before arriving at its final destination, however, the frightened passengers are forced to fend for themselves as each consecutive news report paints an increasingly grim picture of the situation in more urbanized areas. Theories abound on what could be causing the unexplainable rash of suicides, but the only thing that everyone seems to agree on is that it's some kind of airborne contagion that is carried in the wind. It would appear that humankind's reign on planet Earth has come to an end, but perhaps if this small band of survivors can find a safe place to lie low until this all blows over, all hope for survival of the species might not be lost just yet.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/07/2008
UPC:
0024543532897
Original Release:
2008
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:30:00
Sales rank:
6,048

Special Features

Closed Caption; Deleted scenes with introductions by M. Night Shayamalan; The Hard Cut featurette; I Hear You Whispering featurette; Visions of the Happening: a making-of featurette; A Day for Night featurette; Elements of a Scene featurette

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mark Wahlberg Elliot Moore
Zooey Deschanel Alma Moore
John Leguizamo Julian
Ashlyn Sanchez Jess
Betty Buckley Mrs. Jones
Spencer Breslin Josh
Robert Bailey Jared
Frank Collison Nursery Owner
Jeremy Strong Private Auster
Alan Ruck Principal
Victoria Clark Nursery Owner's Wife
Alison Folland Woman Reading on Bench with Hair Pin
M. Night Shyamalan Joey
Kristen Connolly Woman Reading on Bench
Cornell Womack Construction Foreman
Curtis L. McClarin Construction Crew Member
Robert Lenzi Jake
Derege Harding Train Conducter
Kerry O'Malley Woman On Cell Phone
Shayna Levine Teenage Girl in Jeep
Stephane Debac French Bicyclist
Cyrille Thouvenin French Bicyclist's Friend
Babita Hariani Medical Correspondent
Alicia Taylor U.S. Reporter
Edward James Hyland Professor Kendall Wallace
Armand Schultz Talk Show Host
Stephen Singer Dr. Ross
Sophia Burke Student Named Laura
Alex Van Kooy Boy in Class
Charlie Saxton Student Named Dylan
Kathy Hart Vice Principal
Lisa Gunn Teacher In Auditorium
Rick Foster Railway Police Officer
Marc H. Glick P.A. System Coordinator
Don Castro Philadelphia Police Officer
Bill Chemerka Taxi Driver
Jan Ellis Older Woman with Dog
Whitney Sugarman Passenger
Mary Ellen Driscoll Woman Passenger
Greg Wood Passenger at Counter
Peter Appel Diner Owner
Eoin O'Shea Passenger #1
Michael Quinlan Passenger #2
Lyman Chen Passenger #3
Brian O'Halloran Jeep Driver
Megan Mazaika Jeep Passenger #1
Rich Chew Jeep Passenger #2
Keith E. Bullard Man In Crowd at Crossroads
Joel de la Fuente Realtor
Ashley Brimfield Woman in Group
Mara Hobel Woman with Hands Over Ears
James "Jimbo" Breen Farmhouse Voice
Carmen Bitonti Mangled Construction Worker
Brian Anthony Wilson Arguing Man in Crowd
Greg Smith Aldridge Zoo Employee
Ukee Washington Local News Anchor
John Ottavino Network News Anchor
Sid Doherty Radio News Anchor
Wes Heywood Radio Voice
Nancy Sokerka Radio Caller Fay
Julia Yorks Young Woman Voice on Phone
Bill Shusta Radio Newsman
Kirk Penberthy Radio Announcer
Alex Craft Truck Passenger Boy
Allie Habberstad Truck Passenger Girl

Technical Credits
M. Night Shyamalan Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Douglas Aibel Casting
Gary Barber Executive Producer
Chistian Beckman Makeup Special Effects
Roger Birnbaum Executive Producer
Conrad Buff Editor
Tony Dunne Art Director
Tak Fujimoto Cinematographer
Mark Graham Score Composer
Diane Heery Casting
Betsy Heimann Costumes/Costume Designer
Stephanie Holbrook Casting
James Newton Howard Score Composer
Joann Kane Score Composer
Deven Khote Co-producer
Jason Loftus Casting
Juliette Menager Casting
Barry Mendel Producer
Sam Mercer Producer
Jeannine Oppewall Production Designer
Jose L. Rodriguez Co-producer
Zade Rosenthal Cinematographer
John Rusk Associate Producer
Zarina Screwvala Executive Producer
Ronnie Screwvala Executive Producer
Anne Seibel Art Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Happening
1. Main Titles [:23]
2. Horror in the Park [:22]
3. Taking a Fall [:17]
4. Disappearing Bees [2:13]
5. Possible Terrorism [1:53]
6. Marital Woes [1:32]
7. Chilly, Isn't It [2:17]
8. Last Stop [1:55]
9. Welcome to Princeton [:46]
10. Crossroads [5:48]
11. Talking Funny [3:17]
12. What If? [:27]
13. Good Vibes [6:22]
14. Unwelcome Reception [2:51]
15. Mrs. Jones [4:05]
16. Force of Nature [3:45]
17. Mood Ring [5:36]
18. Love Over Life [4:20]
19. A Warning [1:20]
20. The Happening/End Titles [5:32]

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The Happening 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
LuckyLui More than 1 year ago
I love M. Night Shyamalan's movies. This one is my least favorite, but it definitely made you think. All this talk about how we need to be more "Green", how we're destroying our planet. Well, in this movie, Shyamalan shows us what would happen if Mother Earth fought back. It's extremely disturbing and will give you some chills. But that's why we see Shyamalan's movies. He's a different kind of director/writer.

I was hoping for a big twist, but the ending was predictable and a bit lackluster.
Jay_Godzilla_fan More than 1 year ago
It¿s a movie right? Movies are meant to have us entertained for the time we start to the time we finish. That¿s the job of the movie. And this movie did its job. it was interesting to see all these things happening I haven¿t seen all his movies but the ones ive seen I feel like im a part of some game and im trying to put the pieces together. Its fun. If you liked his movies id recommend you see this one.
farmerbob More than 1 year ago
I was shaking all threw the movie. I will not watch it again. I don't want some of the images to be in my mind. I would not recommond this movie to young childeren. It has alot of diturbing parts in it.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
The opening was very creepy and just disturbing. There were moments I was like is Mark Wahlberg supposed to act that way? Some scenes were creepy and intense while others seemed a little funny. Overall, the film was okay.
Guest More than 1 year ago
M. Night Shyamalan pretty much has no idea what he's doing anymore. I have to give him some credit as this movie is a laugh riot, but I doubt it was intentional. The only way it could have been funnier is if he included some ridiculous twist at the end. It's interesting that he would build his entire career on lame twist endings, then just completely leave it out of this awful self-parody.
liftin_4_life More than 1 year ago
This movie is a thriller and does keep you on the edge of your seat for most of it, but it is all undermined by the fact that entire theme lacks substance. It hints that the we have abused the earth so much that it revolts against us, which is fair enough, but it does this by having all plant life release a strange neurotoxin in the air.

I sat through the entire film waiting for M.nights' trademark surprise ending, which never came.

It is worth a watch if you see it on cable, but does not live up to M.Night's reputation that he earned through such great films as unbreakable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What &amp quot happened?&amp quot Protein-rich hot dogs, creative suicides, and eye-balled lemon drinks. No Joke. Marky Mark is easy on the eyes as usual, and the cute Zooey Deschanel holds it all together. However, I cannot in good conscience suggest you spend the money to subject yourself to The Happening. If you choose to reject this advice, however, prepare yourself for the necessary post-experience therapy session. Keep in mind, this opinion is coming from someone who actually liked Lady in the Water and The Village. M. Night, the writer/director/producer may need to pick a hat, and hire some help if he doesn't want to become a straight to video release next time. If you find my review thin and undeveloped. . . .you should see The Happening.
Jilseponie More than 1 year ago
This is the worst Shyamalan movie. Period. Even worse than "Unbreakable". (I hated that one.) The twist that you expect from Shyamalan happens in the first 1/2 hour, but you don't realize that was it until you sit through the whole damn movie. I'll admit, the various death scenes were cool, but that just doesn't make a movie. The acting wasn't bad, but the script was so they kinda cancel each other out. Maybe he was trying to send a message: "It's not nice to mess with Mother Nature" but this was a horrible attempt.
Guest More than 1 year ago
M. Night started strong. With every subsequent film, I've found less to like and more to dissapoint me. THE HAPPENING did not follow this trend. I liked it more--slightly more--than LADY IN THE WATER. That still doesn't get it more than 1 star in my book, however. The movie was still downright terrible, but I'll take a 2nd star and give it to Zooey Deschanel for doing something remarkable: she created a character that you actually believe would be saying the ridiculous things her character says. It's as if every other actor came in doing his/her normal gig, while Zooey D. looked at the script and thought &amp amp amp quot what am I going to have to do to really sell this stuff to the audience?&amp amp amp quot The music by JNH was decent, but the weakest from all of their collaborations. Swim at your own risk!
Tidalwave3 More than 1 year ago
The story line left me puzzled and the ending did not help. "The Mist" was a lot more envolving!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a horrible horrible excuse for a movie. Shaymalan puts the final nail in his coffin with this hilariously acted tale of scary plants and wind. Mark Whalberg's lines are delivered with such carelessness, he seems like an acting student from a community college. When the twist is revealed, you'll want to do as the characters do and end yourself for wasting time on this awful movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't care what everyone else has been saying about this movie, I thought it was great! One of his best works since Signs and The Village &quot yes, I loved The Village as well&quot . People now days just don't value what M. Night Shyamalan makes. He doesn't do action packed, cut them up, kill them all kind of movie, what he does is takes real life and puts it into a horror movie. He makes everything seem real, he even makes his fictional characters act like real people, not the superhero characters in other movies that can go through and do anything. I admire him for that and is also the reason why I keep on enjoying his movies so much.
shbarefoot More than 1 year ago
What happened: Protein-rich hot dogs, creative suicides, and eye-balled lemon drinks. No Joke. Marky Mark is easy on the eyes as usual, and the cute Zooey Deschanel holds it all together. However, I cannot in good conscience suggest you spend the money to subject yourself to The Happening. If you choose to reject this advice, however, prepare yourself for the necessary post-experience therapy session. Keep in mind, this opinion is coming from someone who actually liked Lady in the Water and The Village. M. Night, the writer/director/producer may need to pick a hat, and hire some help if he doesn't want to become a straight to video release next time. If you find my review thin and undeveloped. . . .you should see The Happening.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So why does the wind just sort of pass by the main characters standing a foot away? Seems like they started out with a good idea, one train of thought - which then didn't seem to come to fruition. And so they went off on another train of thought which wasn't as good - and also didn't come to fruition. And with all of the indecision, it just wasn't exciting enough to make it as a cliff hanger either.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It starts with non-sence, but then it comes the horror of the movie. The problem is that in Central Park,N.Y. someone liber a quimic or something made of oxigen. And that makes people to be kill by themselfs.I will dont tell more for the ones that dont saw the movie!!
HB1769 More than 1 year ago
Very interesting movie! Makes you think!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The film ended. I walked out of the theater feeling thrilled and horrified by the subject matter, and enticed by the story. But it wasn't until i got home that the true meaning of the film settled in. I could not stop thinking about it- and that's what good stories are supposed to do. I can understand how not everyone will like this film, but i believe it is truly important
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