The Happening

The Happening

In Theatres: 
Jun 13, 2008
Running Time: 
1 Hour, 31 Minutes

On a relatively normal day there is a happening. People are killing themselves for no reason, at least not a reason we can comprehend.  The Happening marks a return of sorts for director M. Knight Shyamalan after the abysmal performance of his last film Lady In The Water, which I thought was a good film. On top of that Shyamalan also received some pretty scathing reviews for his film The Village which I was not a fan of. In any case two failed films back to back would suggest that the director has lost touch with his audience and as I finished watching his latest film, The Happening, I could only think that this film will confirm that notion to his critics.

The film runs a relatively short 91 minutes but feels like a lot longer and as I ran it back through my mind looking for a positive light I could find none. The dialogue in the film is horrible and is delivered with a very George Lucas Star Wars prequel absent mindedness that makes the film almost comical even in the most serious parts. Am I supposed to laugh here or am I suppose to take this as a serious conversation or moment? The story goes absolutely nowhere and unlike all of M. Knight Shyalaman’s other films you get no big reveal, no mind blowing revelation to make up for the journey which is both sleep inducing and frustrating. I was extremely disappointed with Zooey Deschanel who I think is a great actress. I hate to go back to this reference but she was the equivalent of the equally brilliant Natalie Portman who turned in a wooden performance in the Star Wars Prequels. Its hard to believe that Shyalaman directed and wrote this film as it lacks the finesse and power his other far better films possessed. I do not recommend.

AJ Garcia
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