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- The Happening (5)
- 2008.Nov.18 / 4pm
The Happeningby: Film.Pigs • tags: 2000s • feature • free • directed by: M.Night.Shyamalan • stars: John.Leguizamo • Mark.Wahlberg • Zooey.Deschanel
From Film Pigs:
M. Night Shyamalan’s first R-rated movie! M. Night Shyamalan’s first R-rated movie! Those were the words that sent people to theaters in – what’s the opposite of “droves” – to experience some stupid thing about angry plants making people walk backwards before killing themselves. And Marky Mark as a science teacher. We know he’s smart because M. Knight makes him wear an awkward sweater vest.
Finally crossing the line into Ed Wood territory, Shyamalan actually expects the audience to feel fear and tension when he stages his characters running away from light breezes. Oh, and instead of a stupid twist ending, the ending is just stupid. In the end, The Happening has all the terror and gravity of a fabric softener commercial AND a criminally underused Alan Ruck. We love Alan Ruck.
Oh my God, this is like that bad Denzel Washington movie. Fallen? No. When you say ‘bad Denzel Washington movie,’ you gotta narrow that down.— Film Pigs,
Our brains ‘come equipped with a self-preservation mechanism’? You didn’t know that? Well, we’re watchin’ this movie, so obviously it’s not working.— ,