I love thrillers, and this movie doesn't disappoint. It was actually scary! Without a ton of gore either. It takes a lot to scare me in a film, but I had my hands by my face for about a third of the film.
The plot is different and therefore refreshing. People are killing themselves (you find that out in the first few minutes) for no apparent reason. If you liked M. Night Shyamalan's "Signs." you like this one of his. It's also much better than "The Village" and "Lady In The Water."
I thought it was a laugh out loud riot. "The Happening" was most definitely not happening. I was hoping for better as I really did enjoy Shyamalan's "The Sixth Sense" and "The Village".
Spoilers for "The Happening" & "The Sixth Sense"
The acting was horrible. It was as if Shyamalan said to Mark Wahlberg and Zooey Deschanel play it as if your Ward and June Cleaver from "Leave it to Beaver". Wahlberg plays a high school teacher who talks to his students as if their still in grade school. If I were still in high school I wouldn't take kindly to be treated as a kid.
Deschanel is overly paranoid about a dinner date she had who keeps calling her. By hiding her phone (while it's still vibrating her bag). When the shit hits the fan and she finally tells her husband (Wahlberg) that she had a dinner date a few weeks back he treats the situation - again as if they were in the 1950's.
He says to her that he was checking out some chick and almost bought something (medicine?) just because he thought she was hot. She (Deschanel) looks hurt and then asks him if that's true. He says no.
The plants are killing everyone (on one hand it is an interesting concept. On the other it is horridly absurd). So anyone in contact with the toxin will eventually kill themselves and usually if it is possible leave something (a gun for instance) for another person to kill themselves with.
And why did our couple beat this thing? As they were outdoors during what they figured out was when the toxin was in the air? (when the wind was blowing) Simple. Love conquers all. Even love that almost broke by her almost infidelity.
Ha! So the toxin is choosy as who it kills and who it doesn't! Your not pure you die!
As for the R, Rating. What a joke! Just an excuse to show blood. I was freaked out by "The Sixth Sense" (as a 13/14 year old when that came out) - and in my mind that should have been given an R rating. I felt a freaky ghost (who could have been a pedophile) locked in a closet with a little boy was more disturbing than "The Happening" ever was.
The only thing it did successfully create was atmosphere (only in certain parts) and the old woman cut off from society was the best part of the film. She was pretty freaky and if the whole film were about her - this thing would have been good.
Looking for an interesting scary thriller with a twist? That'll mess with your mind. Try Kim Jee-Woon's "A Tale of Two Sisters"
Last Edit: Dec 27, 2008 18:50:39 GMT -5 by untitled
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