- Director/Writer: M. Night Shyamalan / M. Night Shyamalan
- Release Date: 11 June 2008
- Plot outline: A paranoid thriller about people on the run in a natural crisis that presents a large-scale threat to humanity.
- Freebase entry.
[UPDATE] See the conclusion in the comments below.
And now for a look at science fiction: I watched Shyamalan’s The Happening last night and, you know, this may have just been the most interesting movie this year. No really: simply because I can’t wrap my head around it. What the hell was that? Why the bad acting, why the goofy protagonist? Is there a puzzle in there somewhere? Read on for a brief rant.
Mark Wahlberg admittedly has his good sides when he has a gun, is on the run and shoots his co-actors on sight. But here he was simply a horrible actor. Horrible. And it wasn’t only him-there were other horrible scenes.
I honestly think Shyamalan made them act bad on purpose.
There’s no question that Shyamalan knows how to direct, we’ve seen that in his previous films. We also know that he can be brilliant and can tailor elaborate plots supported by logical ideas (e.g. Unbreakable). But The Happening? For the life of me I cannot trace what he was thinking.
The likeliest thing I can imagine is that he was going for some kind of old-school horror film style. There is the piano music which supports that, but still, how does that tie in with the notion of seemingly harmless natural things being able to
[make something Happen] via distributed intelligence (which, by the way, is a horrifying and brilliant concept). fight back
Is there some meaning in the odd combination of characters plus bad acting? Or was he inspired by the Global Warming issue and in his craze to point out our stupidity threw together a film in haste?
I’m going to watch it again.