The HappeningDirector: M. Night Shyamalan
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.
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- 20th Century Fox
- [Wide Screen]
- [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Cast & Crew
|Mark Wahlberg||Elliot Moore|
|Zooey Deschanel||Alma Moore|
|Betty Buckley||Mrs. Jones|
|Frank Collison||Nursery Owner|
|Jeremy Strong||Private Auster|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|M. Night Shyamalan||Director,Producer,Screenwriter|
|Gary Barber||Executive Producer|
|Chistian Beckman||Makeup Special Effects|
|Roger Birnbaum||Executive Producer|
|Tony Dunne||Art Director|
|Mark Graham||Score Composer|
|Betsy Heimann||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|James Newton Howard||Score Composer|
|Joann Kane||Score Composer|
|Jeannine Oppewall||Production Designer|
|Jose L. Rodriguez||Co-producer|
|John Rusk||Associate Producer|
|Zarina Screwvala||Executive Producer|
|Ronnie Screwvala||Executive Producer|
|Anne Seibel||Art Director|
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
Very interesting movie! Makes you think!
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.
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 quot what am I going to have to do to really sell this stuff to the audience?& amp amp quot The music by JNH was decent, but the weakest from all of their collaborations. Swim at your own risk!
The story line left me puzzled and the ending did not help. "The Mist" was a lot more envolving!
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 " yes, I loved The Village as well" . 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
What & quot happened?& 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.