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The Happening (2008)

  • Rate: 5.1/10 total 97,622 votes 
  • Genre: Sci-Fi | Thriller
  • Release Date: 13 June 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 91 min
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The Happening (2008)


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  • IMDb page: The Happening (2008)
  • Rate: 5.1/10 total 97,622 votes 
  • Genre: Sci-Fi | Thriller
  • Release Date: 13 June 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 91 min
  • Filming Location: 100 W 18th St, New York City, New York, USA
  • Budget: $48,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $163,403,799(Worldwide)
  • Director: M. Night Shyamalan
  • Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel and John Leguizamo
  • Original Music By: James Newton Howard   
  • Soundtrack: Piano Concerto No. 21 In C K467 ('Elvira Madigan': 2.Andante)
  • Sound Mix: SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS
  • Plot Keyword: Park | School | Teacher | Bee | Crisis

Writing Credits By:

  • M. Night Shyamalan (written by)

Known Trivia

  • M. Night Shyamalan wrote the screenplay with Mark Wahlberg in mind for the lead role.
  • M. Night Shyamalan’s first R-rated film.
  • According to director M. Night Shyamalan, 85% of this movie takes place outside.
  • Shot in 44 days. Shooting started August 6, 2007, exactly eight years after the start of production of The Sixth Sense.
  • The movie was shot completely in sequence.
  • Bystander apathy is a real psychological phenomenon, with a strong theoretical and evidential base.
  • At one point, Elliot talks about primordial bacteria in Australia killing off fishermen. Pyrethrins are a neurotoxin derived from Chrysanthemum plants, specifically those native to Australia. The toxin is commonly found in organic insecticides. Pyrethrins are highly toxic to bees.
  • The answer to Julian’s math riddle, with the average month having 30 days, is $10,737,418.23.
  • Out of 9 named characters, 7 names start with “J.”
  • The students’ hypotheses about the bee disappearance include global warming and atomic, biological, or chemical contamination. The nuclear and greenhouse “plants”, which symbolize those theories, literally face one another in Filbert, PA.

Goofs: Factual errors: The weapon the Private draws from his holster is not a M9 Beretta 9mm handgun, standard issue for all conventional Army units, including MP's.

Plot: A strange, horrible and unprecedented crisis begins in Central Park. A high school science teacher, his wife and a young girl do what they can to survive it. Full summary »  »

Story: Elliot Moore is a high school science teacher who quizzes his class one day about an article in the New York Times. It's about the sudden, mysterious disappearance of bees. Yet again Nature is doing something inexplicable, and whatever science has to say about it will be, in the end, only a theory. Scientists will bring out more theories, but no explanations, when a more urgent dilemma hits the planet. It begins in Central Park. Suddenly and inexplicably, the behavior of everyone in the park changes in a most bizarre and horrible way. Soon, the strange behavior spreads throughout the city and beyond. Elliot, his wife, Alma, and Jess, the young daughter of a friend, will only have theories to guide them where to run and where to hide. But theories may not be enough.Written by J. Spurlin  

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Gary Barber known as executive producer
  • John Bernard known as line producer: Paris
  • Roger Birnbaum known as executive producer
  • Deven Khote known as co-producer
  • Barry Mendel known as producer
  • Sam Mercer known as producer
  • Jose L. Rodriguez known as co-producer
  • John Rusk known as associate producer
  • Ronnie Screwvala known as executive producer
  • Zarina Screwvala known as executive producer
  • M. Night Shyamalan known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Mark Wahlberg known as Elliot Moore
  • Zooey Deschanel known as Alma Moore
  • John Leguizamo known as Julian
  • Ashlyn Sanchez known as Jess
  • Betty Buckley known as Mrs. Jones
  • Spencer Breslin known as Josh
  • Robert Bailey Jr. known as Jared
  • Frank Collison known as Nursery Owner
  • Jeremy Strong known as Private Auster
  • Alan Ruck known as Principal
  • Victoria Clark known as Nursery Owner's Wife
  • M. Night Shyamalan known as Joey (voice)
  • Alison Folland known as Woman Reading on Bench with Hair Pin
  • Kristen Connolly known as Woman Reading on Bench
  • Cornell Womack known as Construction Foreman
  • Curtis McClarin known as Construction Crew Member
  • Robert Lenzi known as Jake
  • Derege Harding known as Train Conductor
  • Kerry O'Malley known as Woman on Cell Phone
  • Shayna Levine known as Teenage Girl in Jeep
  • Stéphane Debac known as French Bicyclist
  • Cyrille Thouvenin known as French Bicyclist's Friend
  • Babita Hariani known as Medical Correspondent
  • Alicia Taylor known as U.S. Reporter
  • Edward James Hyland known as Professor Kendall Wallace
  • Armand Schultz known as Talk Show Host
  • Stephen Singer known as Dr. Ross
  • Sophie Burke known as Student Named Laura
  • Alex Van Kooy known as Boy in Class
  • Charlie Saxton known as Student Named Dylan
  • Kathy Hart known as Vice Principal
  • Lisa Furst known as Teacher in Auditorium (as Lisa Gunn)
  • Rick Foster known as Railway Police Officer
  • Marc H. Glick known as P.A. System Conductor
  • Don Castro known as Philadelphia Police Officer
  • Bill Chemerka known as Taxi Driver – Sal
  • Jann Ellis known as Older Woman with Dog
  • Whitney Sugarman known as Passenger
  • Mary Ellen Driscoll known as Woman Passenger
  • Greg Wood known as Passenger at Counter
  • Peter Appel known as Diner Owner
  • Eoin O'Shea known as Passenger #1
  • Michael Quinlan known as Passenger #2
  • Lyman Chen known as Passenger #3
  • Brian O'Halloran known as Jeep Driver (as Brian C. O'Halloran)
  • Megan Grace known as Jeep Passenger #1 (as Megan Mazaika)
  • Rich Chew known as Jeep Passenger #2 (as Richard Chew)
  • Keith Bullard known as Man in Crowd at Crossroads (as Keith E. Bullard)
  • Joel de la Fuente known as Realtor (as Joel De La Fuente)
  • Ashley Brimfield known as Woman in Group
  • Mara Hobel known as Woman with Hands Over Ears
  • James Breen known as Farmhouse Voice (voice) (as James 'Jimbo' Breen)
  • Carmen Bitonti known as Mangled Construction Worker
  • Brian Anthony Wilson known as Arguing Man in Crowd
  • Greg Smith known as Zoo Employee (as Greg Smith Aldridge)
  • Ukee Washington known as Local News Anchor
  • John Ottavino known as Network News Anchor
  • Sid Doherty known as Radio News Anchor
  • Wes Heywood known as Radio Voice (voice)
  • Nancy Sokerka known as Radio Caller Fay (voice)
  • Julia Yorks known as Young Woman Voice on Phone (voice)
  • Bill Shusta known as Radio Newsman (voice)
  • Kirk Penberthy known as Radio Announcer (voice)
  • Alex Craft known as Truck Passenger Boy
  • Allie Habberstad known as Truck Passenger Girl
  • Alexander Emmert known as Wandering Man in Park
  • Frank Aptacy known as Dog Walker (uncredited)
  • Michael Biscardi known as Jogger in the Park (uncredited)
  • Robert Bizik known as Train Passenger (uncredited)
  • Chris Bowyer known as Traveler (uncredited)
  • Anthony C. Brown known as College Student (uncredited)
  • Lee Burkett known as Urban Refugee (uncredited)
  • Jennifer Butler known as Screaming Mother (uncredited)
  • Chelsea Connell known as High School Student (uncredited)
  • Leslie Connell known as Train Passenger (uncredited)
  • Austin Cope known as Extra (uncredited)
  • Adam Danoff known as Jogger in Philadelphia (uncredited)
  • Michael Den Dekker known as Construction Worker (uncredited)
  • Christian Dorsey known as Traveler (uncredited)
  • Farris Ellington known as Girl in Rural Group 2 (uncredited)
  • Robert Fazio known as Young Businessman (uncredited)
  • Ruben Fischman known as Businessman on Train (uncredited)
  • Leilani Goode known as Train Station Patron (uncredited)
  • Richard Graves known as College Student (uncredited)
  • Thomas M. Hagen known as Nervous Traveler (uncredited)
  • Mark Jacobson known as Conductor (uncredited)
  • William James Kelly known as Train Passenger (uncredited)
  • Steven J. Klaszky known as Train Conductor #2 (uncredited)
  • Michael J. Kraycik known as Businessman (uncredited)
  • Dustin LaValley known as Extra (uncredited)
  • Traci Law known as Train Passenger #3 (uncredited)
  • Nicole Lee known as Tourist (uncredited)
  • Roberto Lombardi known as Father in Elliot's Group (uncredited)
  • Art Lyle known as Businessman (uncredited)
  • Nicholas Alexander Martino known as Student with Skateboard (uncredited)
  • Chris McMullin known as School Maintainance Man (uncredited)
  • Ken Myers known as Businessman (uncredited)
  • Mauricio Ovalle known as Construction Crew (uncredited)
  • Sophia Paulmier known as Student Talking on Phone (uncredited)
  • Charles Pendelton known as Restroom Patron (uncredited)
  • Nikki Prantil known as Last Child to Die (uncredited)
  • Mark Pricskett known as Diner Local (uncredited)
  • Vincent Riviezzo known as Traveler (uncredited)
  • Sam Rocco known as Passenger (uncredited)
  • Jordan Romero known as Train Passenger (uncredited)
  • Megan Rose known as Cafe Guest (uncredited)
  • Kurt Runkle known as Urban Refugee (uncredited)
  • Christina Sampson known as Train Passenger (uncredited)
  • Ben Samuels known as Train Passenger (uncredited)
  • Chuck Schanamann known as Businessman (uncredited)
  • Adam Schoon known as Mr. Jones (uncredited)
  • Eugene Smith known as Business Man (uncredited)
  • Samantha Steffen known as Schoolgirl (uncredited)
  • Joseph Tornatore known as Train Conductor #3 (uncredited)
  • Scott Troost known as Young Man Walking Backwards (uncredited)
  • Jared Uhrich known as Jogger in the Park (uncredited)
  • Dan Van Wert known as Police Officer (uncredited)
  • Catrina Villani known as Student (uncredited)
  • Joseph Villani known as Student (uncredited)
  • Kimberly Villanova known as Passenger (uncredited)
  • Mike Wilson known as Business Traveler (uncredited)
  • John Wooten known as Train Passenger (uncredited)
  • Scott Yannick known as Park Bench Newspaper Reader (uncredited)
  • Stosh Zona known as Train Passenger (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Ozzy Alvarez known as makeup artist: Quantum Creation FX
  • Brent Baker known as special makeup crew: Spectral Motion
  • Christian Beckman known as makeup effects producer: Quantum Creation FX
  • Linda Benevente-Notaro known as special makeup crew: Spectral Motion (as Linda Benavente-Notaro)
  • Roland Blancaflor known as special makeup crew: Spectral Motion
  • A. Robert Capwell known as special makeup crew: Spectral Motion (as Rob Capwell)
  • Diana Choi known as special makeup crew: Spectral Motion (as Diana Yoo)
  • Keith Christensen known as key makeup artist: Quantum Creation FX
  • Bonnie Clevering known as hair department head
  • Diane Dixon known as additional hair stylist
  • Mary Elizalde known as cfo: Spectral Motion
  • Mike Elizalde known as makeup supervisor: Spectral Motion
  • Kelly Golden known as key sculptor: Quantum Creation FX
  • Dave Grasso known as special makeup crew: Spectral Motion
  • Diane Heller known as key makeup artist
  • Hiroshi 'Kan' Ikeuchi known as special makeup crew: Spectral Motion
  • Steve Koch known as designer: Quantum Creations FX
  • Don Kozma known as assistant makeup artist (as Donald A. Kozma)
  • Maria Kruse known as special makeup crew: Spectral Motion
  • Russell Lukich known as special makeup crew: Spectral Motion
  • Craig Lyman known as makeup artist
  • Clayton Martinez known as special makeup crew: Spectral Motion
  • Bernadette Mazur known as makeup department head
  • Cass McClure known as special makeup crew: Spectral Motion
  • Scott Millenbaugh known as special makeup crew: Spectral Motion
  • Donald Mowat known as makeup artist: Mr. Wahlberg's
  • Danielle Noe known as makeup fabricator: Quantum Creation FX
  • Rita Parillo known as key hair stylist
  • James Patterson known as special makeup crew: Spectral Motion (as James Adam Patterson)
  • David Perteet known as special makeup crew: Spectral Motion
  • Florence Roumieu known as hair artist: Paris
  • Florence Roumieu known as makeup artist: Paris
  • Jeff Small known as special makeup crew: Spectral Motion
  • Matt Ullman known as special makeup crew: Spectral Motion
  • Johnny Villanueva known as hair stylist: Mr. Wahlberg
  • Brian Walsh known as on-set supervisor: Spectral Motion
  • Wesley Wofford known as key makeup artist: Spectral Motion
  • Hiroshi Yada known as special makeup crew: Spectral Motion
  • Qodi Armstrong known as hair stylist (uncredited)
  • Ljiljana Lee Cado known as assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
  • Sophia Coronado known as special makeup effects technician: Quantum Creation FX (uncredited)
  • Tom Denier Jr. known as special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
  • Robert Kato DeStefan known as special makeup effects artist: Quantum Creation FX (uncredited)
  • Megan Flagg known as special makeup effects artist: Quantum Creation FX (uncredited)
  • Justin Raleigh known as special makeup effects supervisor: Quantum Creation FX (uncredited)
  • Brett Stern known as special makeup effects artist: Quantum Creation FX (uncredited)

Art Department:

  • Brett Acker known as set dresser
  • Greta Alexander known as scenic artist
  • J. Lourdes Aviles known as scenic artist
  • Anna Baltimore known as construction medic: Los Angeles
  • Richard J. Bell known as greens coordinator: Los Angeles (as Richard Bell)
  • Lewis Bowen known as scenic artist
  • Chris Bower known as standby greensman
  • Krzysztof J. Bratun known as scenic artist (as Krysztof J. Bratun)
  • Roland Brooks known as scenic charge
  • Michelle Burnworth known as shop craftsman
  • Philippe Béhar known as property master: Paris (as Philippe Behar)
  • D. Keith Cleary known as shop craftsman
  • Jennifer Cole known as scenic artist
  • Michelle Connolly known as scenic artist
  • Luca Antone Crepelle known as swing gang: Paris (as Luca Crepelle)
  • Olivier Crespin known as standby props: Paris
  • Pamela Cruise known as construction medic: Los Angeles
  • Mick Cummings known as on set dresser: Los Angeles
  • Dennis Daly known as industrial scenic artist
  • Michael Davidson known as shop craftsman
  • Dave DeGaetano known as construction coordinator: Los Angeles (as David DeGaetano)
  • John DeMeo known as art director: Los Angeles (as John Demeo)
  • Charles E. Duer known as construction grip
  • Cédric Fidone known as construction coordinator: Paris
  • Kenneth H. Finn known as set dresser
  • John Gallagher known as shop craftsman
  • Michael T. Galvin known as set dresser (as Michael Galvin)
  • Edward R. Geller known as construction grip (as Edward Geller)
  • Karyn Gerred known as scenic artist
  • Daniel J. Gillooly known as greens coordinator
  • Daniel Gilroy known as greensman
  • James P. Gilroy known as greens gangboss
  • Jorge Luis Gonzalez known as scenic gang boss
  • Frank Grasso known as construction grip
  • Tom Groody known as set dresser
  • Robert Guerra known as assistant art director
  • Matthew Hanlon known as tool coordinator
  • Damien Harrer known as greensman
  • William F. Hennessy Jr. known as set dresser
  • Keith Hockins known as scenic artist
  • Anne Hyvarinen known as head scenic: Los Angeles
  • Dean F. Janik known as signwriter
  • Tamara A. Kalca known as construction medic: Los Angeles (as Tamara Kalka)
  • Erika S. Katz known as scenic artist
  • Colin Keech known as shop craftsman
  • Russell Kempf known as standby greensman
  • Claire Kirk known as art department coordinator
  • Thomas D. Krausz known as set dresser: Los Angeles
  • Mitchell Landsman known as scenic artist
  • Joanna Leavens known as art department production assistant
  • Miguel López-Castillo known as assistant art director (as Miguel Lopez-Castillo)
  • Kevin Mangan known as greens foreman
  • Lori Marks known as scenic standby
  • Brick Mason known as storyboards
  • Barbra Matis known as assistant art director
  • Mike Matus known as construction medic: Los Angeles
  • James Mazzola known as property master
  • Frank McEldowney known as greens foreman: Los Angeles
  • Heather McGehee known as scenic artist
  • David McMahon known as mill foreman
  • Morgan Miller known as on-set dresser
  • Frank Morehead known as set dresser: Los Angeles (as Frank W. Morehead)
  • Derek Morgan known as plasterer
  • John W. Morgan known as plasterer (as John Morgan)
  • Vincent Morsillo known as greensman
  • Richard Nordaby known as greensman (as Rich Nordaby)
  • Chris O'Neill known as greensman
  • Evan O'Neill known as set dressing production assistant
  • Randy L. Parisian known as scenic foreman
  • Erin Payne known as scenic artist
  • Caroline Platiau known as set dresser: Paris
  • Sharon Potts known as third props
  • Francois Poublan known as assistant standby props: Paris (as François Poublan)
  • Danny Rea known as set dresser: Los Angeles
  • Thomas Reap known as construction grip
  • David Rial known as industrial scenic artist
  • Mikhail Romanov known as scenic gang boss
  • Tamila Romanov known as scenic artist
  • Carmen S. Santoro known as construction foreman (as Carmen Santoro)
  • David Schanker known as assistant property master
  • Jolie Scherberger known as set dresser (as Joanna Ruhe)
  • John S. Schlicter known as scenic artist
  • Anne Seibel known as art director: Paris
  • Clarissa Shanahan known as scenic artist
  • Michael Shellito known as set decoration foreman
  • Wayne Shepherd known as leadman: Los Angeles
  • Joseph Siwinski known as leadman
  • Todd Siwinsky known as set dresser (as Todd Siwinski)
  • Duncan M. Spencer known as key construction grip (as Duncan Spencer)
  • Dean Stankiewicz known as shop craftsman
  • Nancy Stroud known as scenic artist
  • Jay C. Stuart Jr. known as construction grip
  • Christine Sysko known as set decoration foreman
  • Steve Sysko known as set dresser
  • Jeff Tanner known as swing gang boss
  • Bedii Tatar known as construction foreman: Los Angeles
  • Peter Tupitza known as scenic artist
  • Matthew Turner known as shop craftsman
  • Erica Vanstone known as construction office coordinator
  • Robert S. Vanstone known as construction foreman
  • Kora Velikhanly known as scenic artist
  • Tim Weston known as construction grip (as Timothy J. Weston)
  • Benjamin White known as shop craftsman (as Benjamin R. White)
  • Christine Wick known as assistant set decorator
  • Jim Williams known as set decoration buyer
  • Paul Williams known as construction coordinator
  • Linda Yeckley known as scenic artist
  • Antony Graf known as construction grip (uncredited)
  • Jon E. Graf known as shop craftsman (uncredited)
  • Niles Norton known as carpenter (uncredited)
  • Charles J. Scott known as props (uncredited)
  • Constantine Sekeris known as conceptual designer (uncredited)




Production Companies:

  • Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation (presents) (as Twentieth Century Fox)
  • UTV Motion Pictures (in association with)
  • Spyglass Entertainment (in association with)
  • Blinding Edge Pictures
  • Dune Entertainment (made in association with)

Other Companies:

  • American Humane Association, The  animal action monitoring
  • Animal Actors  animals: New York
  • C5  foley recording facility (uncredited)
  • Central Casting  extras casting (uncredited)
  • Central Park Conservancy  the producers wish to thank for their assistance (as The Central Park Conservancy)
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera cranes (as Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment, Inc.)
  • David Haddad  transportation equipment (uncredited)
  • Direct Tools & Fasteners  expendables (uncredited)
  • Dolby Laboratories  sound post-production (uncredited)
  • Executive Assurance  security (uncredited)
  • Fairmont Park Commission  the producers wish to thank for their assistance (as Fairmount Park Commission)
  • Film Art  art consulting (uncredited)
  • Fisher Technical Services Rentals  camera & performer flying system (uncredited)
  • Gallagher Entertainment  insurance (uncredited)
  • Greater Philadelphia Film Office  the producers wish to thank for their assistance
  • Haddad's  transportation equipment (uncredited)
  • Hat Trick Catering  catering: Los Angeles (as Hat Trick Catering, Inc.)
  • Hollywood Rentals Productions Services  lighting equipment and trucks (as Hollywood Rentals, Inc.)
  • Hollywood Studio Symphony  music performed by (uncredited)
  • James Newton Howard Studios  score mixed at (as James Newton Howard Studios, Inc.)
  • James Newton Howard Studios  score recorded at (as James Newton Howard Studios, Inc.)
  • Jo Anne Kane Music Services  music preparation (as Joann Kane Music Service)
  • Kodak  motion picture film
  • Modern VideoFilm  digital scanning and recording
  • New York City Mayor's Office of Film, Theater & Broadcasting, The  the producers wish to thank for their assistance (as The City of New York Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting)
  • Pacific Title  opticals (as Pacific Title & Art Studio)
  • Panavision Remote Systems  remote cranes and heads
  • Peninsula Films  production services: France
  • Pennsylvania Film Office  the producers wish to thank for their assistance
  • Pictorvision  aerial camera system (uncredited)
  • Picture Mill, The  main and end titles (as Picture Mill)
  • Préfecture de Police de Paris  the producers wish to thank for their assistance (as Prefecture De Police De Paris)
  • Rockbottom Rentals  cell phone rentals (uncredited)
  • Sony Pictures Studios Scoring Stage  score recorded at (as Sony Scoring Stage)
  • Star Waggons  cast trailers (uncredited)
  • Star Waggons  hair and make-up trailers (uncredited)
  • Star Waggons  production trailers (uncredited)
  • The City of Philadelphia  the producers wish to thank for their assistance (as City of Philadelphia)
  • The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania  the producers wish to thank for their assistance
  • Tony's Food Service  catering
  • Trevanna Post  post-production accounting
  • Varèse Sarabande  soundtrack
  • Ville de Paris: Mission Cinéma  the producers wish to thank for their assistance (as Maire De Paris-Mission Cinema)


  • Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation (2008) (USA) (theatrical) (as 20th Century Fox) (A News Corporation Company)
  • 20th Century Fox (2008) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • 20th Century Fox (2008) (Sweden) (theatrical)
  • 20th Century Fox (2008) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • 20th Century Fox de Argentina (2008) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • 20th Century Fox of Germany (2008) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • FS Film Oy (2008) (Finland) (theatrical) (Blu-ray) (DVD)
  • Forum Cinemas (2008) (Lithuania) (theatrical)
  • Fox-Warner (2008) (Switzerland) (theatrical)
  • Odeon (2008) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • Twentieth Century Fox C.I.S. (2008) (Russia) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2008) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (2010) (Canada) (DVD) (2 film collection)
  • 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (2008) (USA) (DVD)
  • 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (2008) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray) (special edition)
  • 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (2010) (USA) (DVD) (2 film collection)
  • Gativideo (2008) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Svensk Filmindustri (SF) (2008) (Sweden) (DVD)
  • Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (2008) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (2008) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • UTV Motion Pictures (2008) (India) (all media)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Quantum Creation FX (special effects makeup)
  • Spectral Motion (prosthetic makeup effects)
  • Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) (visual effects and animation)
  • CafeFX (visual effects)
  • Picture Mill, The (additional visual effects)
  • Third Floor, The (previsualization) (uncredited)

Visual Effects by:

  • Akemi Abe known as lead animator: Picture Mill
  • Akemi Abe known as lead compositor: Picture Mill
  • Jonathan Alvord known as visual effects editor: CafeFX (as Jon Alvord)
  • Jeff Barnes known as production executive: CafeFX (as Jeffrey T. Barnes)
  • Bradford Berling known as art director: Picture Mill
  • Patrick Brennan known as compositing supervisor: ILM
  • Beth D'Amato known as digital artist: ILM
  • Rif Dagher known as cg artist: CafeFX
  • Ante Dekovic known as compositor: CafeFX
  • Pallavi Devabhaktuni known as compositor: CafeFX
  • David Ebner known as visual effects supervisor: CafeFX
  • Katherine Farrar known as production manager: ILM
  • Vicki Galloway-Weimer known as executive producer: CafeFX (as Vicki Galloway Weimer)
  • Jeff Goldman known as compositing supervisor: CafeFX
  • Bryant Terrell Griffin known as digital artist: ILM (as Bryant Griffin)
  • Sarah Grossmann known as compositor: CafeFX (as Sarah Grossman)
  • Edward Hirsh known as visual effects supervisor: ILM (as Ed Hirsh)
  • David Hochstadter known as compositor: CafeFX
  • Michael Honrada known as digital artist: ILM
  • Wendy Hulbert known as visual effects coordinator: CafeFX
  • Greg Hyman known as visual effects editor: ILM
  • Les G. Jones known as associate producer: CafeFX
  • Grzegorz Jonkajtys known as cg artist: CafeFX (as Greg Jonkajtys)
  • William Lebeda known as creative supervisor: Picture Mill
  • Tim LeDoux known as compositor: CafeFX
  • Votch Levi known as cg artist: CafeFX
  • Richard Ivan Mann known as visual effects producer: CafeFX
  • Brian McGraw known as production support: ILM
  • Tory Mercer known as digital artist: ILM
  • David Midgen known as producer: Picture Mill
  • Jack Mongovan known as digital artist: ILM (as John Mongovan)
  • Douglas L. Moore known as digital artist: ILM (as Douglas Moore)
  • Grant Nellessen known as lead designer: Picture Mill
  • Jeff Olson known as visual effects producer: ILM
  • Desi Ortiz known as managing editor: CafeFX (as Desi R. Ortiz)
  • Alexander Pouchkarev known as cg artist: CafeFX
  • Richard R. Reed known as compositor: CafeFX
  • Ryan Smith known as digital artist: ILM
  • Damian Steel known as digital artist: ILM
  • Daniel Sunwoo known as compositor: CafeFX
  • Brandon Warner known as digital artist: ILM
  • O.D. Welch known as production executive: CafeFX
  • Brian Wolf known as compositor: CafeFX
  • Danny Braet known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Chantell Brown known as technical assistant (uncredited)
  • Andrew Byrne known as visual effects artist (uncredited)
  • Gene Crucean known as visual effects generalist (uncredited)
  • Steve Dellerson known as visual effects (uncredited)
  • Amit Dhawal known as visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
  • Jordan Freda known as roto artist: CafeFX (uncredited)
  • Rachel Galbraith known as visual effects production assistant (uncredited)
  • Mark Intravartolo known as inferno artist (uncredited)
  • Shant Jordan known as compositing supervisor (uncredited)
  • Apirak Kamjan known as matchmover: CafeFX (uncredited)
  • Marios Kourasis known as visual effects artist (uncredited)
  • Daniel Lahr known as assistant visual effects editor: CafeFX (uncredited)
  • Ryan Martin known as technical assistant: ILM (uncredited)
  • Craig Peck known as visual effects production assistant (uncredited)
  • Parimal Sandhwar known as visual effects production manager (uncredited)
  • Joe Woodward Stevenson known as digital artist (uncredited)
  • Danny Torres known as systems admistrator (uncredited)
  • Greg Tse known as matchmove artist: CafeFX (uncredited)
  • David Weinstein known as pre-visualization (uncredited)
  • Justine Whitehead known as visual effects producer (uncredited)
  • Patrick Wolf known as lead pipeline developer: CafeFX (uncredited)
  • Jason Michael Zimmerman known as digital compositor (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • Bahrain 11 June 2008
  • Belgium 11 June 2008
  • Egypt 11 June 2008
  • France 11 June 2008
  • Iceland 11 June 2008
  • Indonesia 11 June 2008
  • Sweden 11 June 2008
  • Switzerland 11 June 2008 (French speaking region)
  • Australia 12 June 2008
  • Chile 12 June 2008
  • Croatia 12 June 2008
  • Czech Republic 12 June 2008
  • Germany 12 June 2008
  • Greece 12 June 2008
  • Hong Kong 12 June 2008
  • Israel 12 June 2008
  • Italy 12 June 2008
  • Kuwait 12 June 2008
  • Netherlands 12 June 2008
  • Philippines 12 June 2008
  • Portugal 12 June 2008
  • Russia 12 June 2008
  • Singapore 12 June 2008
  • Slovenia 12 June 2008
  • Switzerland 12 June 2008 (German speaking region)
  • Thailand 12 June 2008
  • Austria 13 June 2008
  • Brazil 13 June 2008
  • Colombia 13 June 2008
  • Denmark 13 June 2008
  • Estonia 13 June 2008
  • Finland 13 June 2008
  • Guatemala 13 June 2008
  • Ireland 13 June 2008
  • Lithuania 13 June 2008
  • Mexico 13 June 2008
  • Norway 13 June 2008
  • Panama 13 June 2008
  • Poland 13 June 2008
  • South Korea 13 June 2008
  • Spain 13 June 2008
  • Turkey 13 June 2008
  • UK 13 June 2008
  • USA 13 June 2008
  • Venezuela 13 June 2008
  • Argentina 19 June 2008
  • Hungary 19 June 2008
  • Japan 17 July 2008 (Tokyo) (premiere)
  • Japan 25 July 2008 (limited)
  • Japan 26 July 2008

MPAA: Rated R for violent and disturbing images



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. ametaphysicalshark from
    30 Mar 2012, 5:42 pm

    Allow me to provide some background information on my relationship withthe films of M. Night Shyamalan: I adored "The Sixth Sense" and stillthink of it as one of the best films of 1999 and one of the bestsupernatural thrillers in ages. "Unbreakable" was a fascinating take onthe superhero genre. I loved parts of "Signs" to bits and consider thesequence in the basement towards the end of the film one of the finestexamples of suspenseful build-up in recent film history. I even liked"The Village" and could easily dismiss "Lady in the Water" as a meremisfire. I was greatly anticipating "The Happening", especially as itseemed to be echoing one of my favorite guilty pleasures- the paranoid70's sci-fi thriller.

    Let's get one thing out of the way- "The Happening" is unbelievably,impossibly, ridiculously, hilariously, inconceivably bad. Normally Iwould refuse to rate any film that had any good scenes or that waswell-directed less than four out of ten, but "The Happening" has tohave one of the worst scripts among recent big-budget Hollywood films.It's absolutely shocking how retarded the logic behind this is and howpoor so much of the dialogue is. This script began as "The GreenEffect", a tremendously poor (trust me, I read parts of it) script byShyamalan that was soundly rejected and eventually reworked into "TheHappening". Having seen the critical reaction to "The Happening" priorto going into the film I found myself pleasantly surprised by basicallythe first thirty, forty minutes of the film. It was nothing special butit had something going for it, Shyamalan's direction was top-notch, andWahlberg was playing the sort of goofy science teacher I'd loved (andloved to hate on occasion) in high school.

    Then the descent began. The bulk of this film is some of the mosthilariously awful crap produced by a talented filmmaker sinceSchaffner's "Sphinx". Shyamalan, who was using close-ups and steadicamshots to frankly brilliant effect early on, begins to use the sameshots to comical effect. There is one painfully, painfully longclose-up of Mark Wahlberg pleading for time to think and then callingfor his group to 'keep ahead of the wind' that is up there with NicolasCage in "The Wicker Man" in terms of hilariously awful acting. Thatscene may very well be the turning point in the film, with Wahlberg'sacting becoming more ridiculous by the second, culminating in aperformance that essentially wipes from memory all his tremendousrecent achievements as an actor. I don't blame Wahlberg for this, Iblame Shyamalan. Wahlberg claims Shyamalan tried to force him into realparanoia so his performance would work better. What happens here (nopun intended) is that Wahlberg ends up looking amazingly uncomfortablefor the last hour of this thing and struggles to deliver any reasonableline deliveries.

    Okay, I do have to credit Zooey Deschanel for making this moviewatchable. Besides being amazingly, ridiculously gorgeous she is a fineactress and creates a sympathetic character (and a fairly well-drawnone at that- one of the few pros in Shyamalan's script). There's alsothe score: oh my it's gorgeous. Seriously, ignore this film and justbuy the score CD by James Newton Howard- it's brilliant.

    "The Happening" starts out well but ends up being an absoluteembarrassment. I was prepared for a mediocre offering- perhaps amisguided effort such as "Lady in the Water". I was not expecting adisaster on the level of "The Happening". Its last forty minutes andespecially its last ten minutes or so are among the worst I have seenin a long time.

    Have you ever wondered if it was possible for a film to go fromenjoyable to absolutely horrendous in the space of ten or fifteenminutes? "The Happening" is proof that it can, pardon the (intentional)pun, happen.


  2. heyuguys1988 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 5:42 pm

    I hate this. I want to tell you guys that this was Shyamalan's comebackand that this film is just as terrifying as you've been promised. But,I cannot.

    The film starts off actually quite well. Minus some less than stellaracting (in fact, its horrible) and some just as bad dialogue, I reallythought that maybe this film could pull it off. Disturbing death scenesensue.

    Then, bring in Mark Wahlberg. What happened to this guy? Nominated foran Oscar for his turn in The Departed, Wahlberg seems like a safe bet,but in actuality, he's playing a role that just isn't made for him.This role was made for someone nicer. Walhberg has been typecast timeand time again as the angry and bad-ass guy, and now I see why. He'sgood at that and god awful at being nice.

    No one else is particularly good either. Zoey Deschanel disappoints,John Leguizamo (Everyone in this movie has a name that's difficult tospell), and all of the extras are just as bad. There is not a singlemoment of good acting in this movie.

    And all of that is because of how rushed this film feels. This is oneof those movies that it seriously felt like the director was working ona very limited budget and then took the first take for every actor,none of them had a chance to get into their roles (or so I hope).

    It's obvious who will get all of the blame for this (M. NightShyamalan) and it's really too bad. I can't say that the plot isnecessarily bad, it isn't, and with maybe one more draft the scriptwould've been good. The faults of this film all land on Night'sshoulders though. I hate to say it because I am very much not a haterof his (I love The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, and Signs) but I'm forcedto say I hate this movie. Not so much for how bad it actually is (it'svery bad) but because I really had faith in the director. The trailersalmost felt promising and Shyamalan (am I even spelling this right?)promised me that I'd walk out shaking. Instead, I was shaking my headin disappointment.

    One thing I'd like to add on though, I can tell that they were goingfor a Hitchcock vibe and the best way I feel that I can describe thisis "a very bad version of The Birds." That is all.

  3. Jean-François Adams from France
    30 Mar 2012, 5:42 pm

    "The Happening", which was released here in France today is a terriblescreenplay and poorly acted. The writer/director failed to make acomplete film, which employs any semblance of cinematic language.

    Normally well-written, taut and engaging screenplays, like good editingshould be invisible. They should fit seamlessly into the film-makingprocess, but unfortunately for "The Happening", the writing,construction of drama and dialogue are so bad that the awful screenplayis apparent from the very first scene. The introduction of the mainconflict is visually well done, but the writers never bother to movethe story past its main conflict, thus making the film flat linedramatically very early on. Essentially nothing ever happens except themain characters totally unbelievable reactions to "The Happening" (i.e.the main conflict).

    We, the audience are not emotionally attached to the characters becausethe screenplay gives us no reason to be. The film's sub-conflicts arebasically non-existent and the character conflicts (emotionalrelationships) are contrived and hollow. The screenplay provides noemotional outlet or connection at all. Simply said this is a screenplaythat should have been better vetted for emotional connection betweenthe audience and characters on screen. We don't care about what's'Happening' because the people to whom it is 'Happening' mean nothingto us. Someone should provide the screenwriter with a copy ofAristotle's "Poetics".

    The dialogue is over the top, simplistic, explicit and begs thequestion – does anyone really talk like that? Line after line thescreenplay falls further and further apart. The characters tell us whatwe can already see. Therefore the screenplay doesn't trust that thecinematic language of images is doing its job. The beauty of cinema isthat with moving pictures we can say thousands upon thousands of wordswith each frame and never actually employ dialogue. This screenplayobviously does not respect that logic and in many ways flies right inthe face of it. The film would be a lot better if the characters justsimply reacted to the events unfolding around them.

    The acting is unwatchable. No one in this film gives a goodperformance. The acting, similar to the screenplay is devoid ofemotion. No one is reacting like a real person. Each character seems tobe emotionally empty. They don't seem nervous that millions of peopleare dying, they're not hysterical (which doesn't not mean they shouldyelling and screaming) or even realistic. They at no time in the filmseem desperate with the desire and hope to live. At times they try toappear upset, but it is so shallow that the viewer is left flat. Eachactor delivers their lines without any regard or reaction to the actorin front of them. It is so bad that it makes one wonder whether or notthe actors were actually on set together or just acting with stand-ins.

    The sub-text of the film, which is meant to lead us to the theme –mankind is destroying the planet, is blatant and lacks finesse. Prettyquickly into the first act we know that the plants are taking theirrevenge (I wish I was making this up, but this really is the plot ofthe film). The screenplay, dialogue and acting do nothing to merit theending in which a professor on television is yelling about 'how wehumanity are guilty for the recent horrors and need to pay betterattention to our physical environment.' The films is just waving itsfists and again telling us what to think rather than earning our trust.It tells us what its about. Basically the film underestimates us everystep of the way.

    The film never ventures into any kind of serious depth. It stays on themost basic, one-dimensional level. Plants are killing us – run away.

    Blame for this film's failures should be squarely laid upon thedirector and producers. The director is guilty of writing and directinga very bad and unbelievable film. The producers are responsible forallowing the director to get away with this. Someone on the creativeteam and/or on the production side should have sounded an alarm whenthey read the screenplay. When the screenplay got into production oneof the producers should have watched the rushes and pulled the directoraside and said something.

    "The Happening" is a failure on the most basic and important ofcinematic levels. It does nothing to win, earn and deserve theaudience's emotional and intellectual trust. It doesn't employ image asits main storytelling tool. It just tries to be clever, but is actuallyquite silly.

    I for one don't care who the writer or director is, they must listen totheir production and creative team. Film-making is a collaborativeexperience, but in the case of this film it is clear that no onebothered to be honest with Mr. Shyamalan.

  4. sro28-1 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 5:42 pm

    Let me preface these comments by saying that I am a major Night fan. Ilook forward to news of his next project and love the stories of hissupposed total control over his movies and carte blanche from thestudios. If those stories are true, I have a feeling that era will beending for Night with the release of The Happening. I ignored all thepre-release press I could before going to see this movie. I read noneof the reviews, but one word I did catch was "uninspired."Unfortunately, that one word describes this movie perfectly. In thefirst ten minutes of the movie, I thought it was due to the acting andthat maybe Mark Wahlberg was miscast. However, after another tenminutes I realized it wasn't the actors; it was the extremely lamescript. Without giving away any details, this is a disaster film wherethe disaster "happening" starts with the first scene of the movie.Unfortunately, no suspense builds and there is absolutely no sense ofdread or panic on screen and so none translates to the audience.Surprising, since the 21st century has provided us with too manyoccasions to study how we react in times of disaster, whether by natureor terrorism. It's as if Night ignored all this when writing the story.The characters sleepwalk through the scenes (and, no, it's not asymptom of "the happening") with no believable sense of the horribleevents taking place. Granted, we don't need to see people runningaround in circles screaming and crying, but people do not stand insmall groups after a disaster calmly taking turns talking one at atime. Without sharing in any of the horror that the characters aresuppose to be experiencing, the film is a total bore for the audienceand the source of "the happening" is laughable when revealed. I foundmyself repeatedly checking my watch, saying, "I can't believe how badthis is" – not something I'd expect to do in a Night movie. Lookingaround the theater, I could tell others were sharing the same feelings.Most were scrolling through emails or texting on their phones.

    During the movie, since I wasn't paying much attention to the screen, Istarted thinking that there might be a good reason why most filmmakersdo not have total control over their films. When they do, they canreach a point that it seems Night may have reached, where they say,"I'm going to make people scared when the wind blows" and actuallybelieve themselves. Maybe other producers or execs can step in at thatpoint and bring the filmmaker back to reality. I'm not giving up onNight, but I'll feel better if his next film is not "Written, Producedand Directed by M. Night Shyamalan."

  5. shariqq from United Arab Emirates
    30 Mar 2012, 5:42 pm

    Shyamalan has proved to us earlier that he can be as good as the bestwith masterpieces of cinema with The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable. Yet,since then, he has declined steadily. Signs and Village were goodmovies, but with Lady in the Water and now The Happening, he hastouched a level of incompetence that could never have been expected ofhim.

    The Happening is about a pandemic that is gripping north-eastern USA.It starts with a stunning sequence of events that show people succumbto an unspecified threat – the brilliance of this opening repeated onlyonce more for a five-minute sequence towards the end of the movie.Unfortunately, Shyamalan's writing is a big let-down for the rest. Asthe focus moves from metropolitans to towns and from crowds to smallergroups, the sense of fear is lost – the biggest sin a horror movie cancommit. In the oft repeated criticism for its director, this moviewould have been best served as a half-hour episode of Twilight Zone tomake it really work.

    And to add woe, the actors do not do much to better the experience –Mark Wahlberg and Zooey Deschanel are grossly miscast as theprotagonists. Any of his previous leading men (Bruce Willis, MelGibson, Joaquin Phoenix and Paul Giamatti) can be imagined to have donea better job for the Science teacher that Wahlberg plays. The camerascrutinizes the performance to a degree that requires an actor withstrength in emotions – Wahlberg instead brings a physical presence thatthe role does not need. Zooey, on the other hand, struts around like ina Disney movie, not for once threatened by the pandemonium.

    This time, though Shyamalan humbles his vanity – you don't see him onscreen. He now should swallow his pride and leave the writing to thewriters. Armed with a better script, we can still expect Shyamalan tomake his future movies worth waiting for. For now it is only the memoryof the opening sequence, which can be proclaimed as mind-numbinggreatness, which is really worth taking away from this movie.

  6. bytesmythe_42 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 5:42 pm

    I haven't seen an M. Night Shyamalan movie since "Signs", although I'veheard each was worse than the previous ones. Strangely, this gave mehope that "The Happening" would be a turning point for the directorthat had won so much acclaim with "Sixth Sense".

    Sadly, this isn't the case. "The Happening" is easily the worst movie Ihave ever seen in a theater, and is a strong contender for the worstI've seen altogether. I've never even written an IMDb review before,but felt compelled to write one for this movie.

    1) The acting is horrible. Sometimes you go to a movie and the cast hasone lousy actor in it. This was the opposite. The entire cast isuniformly bad, with the possible exception of a construction worker inthe beginning watching his buddies plummet to their deaths. Theseperformances are a hallmark of poor direction. I know that Wahlberg,Deschanel, and Leguizamo can actually turn in good work under the rightdirector.

    2) Almost no one seems to react to what's going on around them in arealistic way. Only one person (practically an extra) ever reallyfreaks out. Everyone else just kind of bumbles along until the windcatches up to them.

    3) The premise is ridiculous. Supposedly, the plants are tired of uspolluting the environment and mowing the grass, so they decide to startreleasing toxins that cause humans to go insane and kill themselves.There are a few massive problems with this.

    First, the movie presents evolution as something that occurs within thelifetimes of organisms, when it actually takes many thousands ofgenerations. Trees haven't had any time at all to evolve that kind ofdefense mechanism, and grass isn't particularly concerned about beingmowed. Otherwise, it would have evolved a toxin to kill off grazinganimals thousands of years ago.

    Second, the movie makes it seem as if the plants can somehowconsciously communicate with each other. Although plants do indeed sendout chemical signals, these signals are not under any kind of consciouscontrol.

    Third, the movie mixes up plant defenses with ecological phenomena suchas algae blooms. Algae blooms occur when a variety of factors allconverge to provide an ideal environment for overgrowth of algae. Thealgae population cannot sustain such large levels and eventually theexcess dies off. Plant chemical defenses are not remotely similar. If aspecies of plants evolves a defense mechanism, all future descendantswill have it, and it will continue working indefinitely. If such amechanism appeared in grass, it would eventually make its way acrossthe country. The effect wouldn't magically stop working just in time tosave the protagonists of the story.

    Finally, it doesn't make much sense for a "toxin" to cause suicides.That kind of behavioral alteration is usually seen in the reproductivecycles of parasites that infect their hosts' nervous systems. Plantdefenses are either poisons (such as nicotine) or chemical signals thatattract predators to hunt the plant's attackers.

    4) By the way, the "antagonists" are plants. Although this could havebeen made to work somewhat like "Andromeda Strain", Shyamalan decidedto add a bunch of foreboding shots of plant-life. It isn't easy to maketrees and grass look evil, so wind kicked up each time people are aboutto die. The toxin would accumulate more in still air, so you'd bebetter off waiting for the wind to blow past you. Leave it to a scienceteacher to miss this point and make sure everyone "stays ahead of thewind".

    5) The score is ham-fisted and overbearing.

    6) So is the dialog.

    7) There is no "twist". A random character we never care about revealsthe cause of the mass suicides sometime in the middle of the movie, andhe's exactly right. I was hoping the real cause would be the creepylady at the end who hates the outside world, but alas no; she becomes avictim just like everyone else.

    8) In a couple of scenes (at the very beginning and very end), we seeone person who is not apparently affected by the "toxin". We never findout what happens to them, nor why they aren't affected. In reality,there would certainly be more people not affected, and the people whowere would likely be affected in different ways. Psychoactivesubstances never affect everyone the same way.

    9) Just before the final scene, we see Wahlberg, et al. back home threemonths after the attack. No one appears to have suffered any kind ofpsychological trauma. The little girl, whose parents are both dead, isgoing off to school, and somehow the Northeast is repopulated. I'd bevery curious to know what they did with all those dead bodies. Morelikely, massive numbers of people who were not directly affected by theplants would have committed suicide due to depression. No one in theirright minds would move back to the region, so the only living people inthat part of the country would be clean up crews wearing Hazmat suits.

    10) In the very beginning scene, the one person not affected by thetoxin begins describing what she sees, but the camera never shows us."Are those people clawing at themselves?" Where?! Sorry, you'll neversee it. It's like watching a Bob Newhart phone conversation. In spiteof the character's comment, you never see any of the victims clawing atthemselves. Everyone who falls prey to the plant toxin freezes, thenquietly (and expediently) commits suicide. It's a continuity error thatoccurs two minutes into the movie.

    There are so many more things wrong with this film I don't think it'spossible to list them all. The shortest list of the movie's flaws is,sadly, the movie itself. Hopefully this review will prevent you fromseeing it, or at least prepare you for the inevitable disappointment.

  7. simonjauk from Hong Kong
    30 Mar 2012, 5:42 pm

    What can I say. This movie sucked. Not even Mark Wahlberg, whom I rateas a great actor, could save this turkey.

    I don't intend to include any spoilers, unless you include the factthat nothing of any note goes on in this picture. Equally the scriptseems to be written from the perspective of a naive 10 year old for aU-rated audience. The details concerning the relationship frictionbetween the central characters seem so childlike as to be pointless.

    Zooey Deschanel, who I enjoyed in Failure to Launch, seems completelymiscast or just terrible. Her principle role seems to be to appear as agiant doe-eyed girl stumbling from scene to scene as though awakeningfrom a drug-induced coma.

    Shyamalan made a great first movie and I also enjoyed Unbreakable.Other than that he's been sliding into an abyss of drivel and somebodyneeds to stop funding his crap so I can stop kidding myself intositting through it with the idea that surely this time it'll be worthit.

  8. hall895 from New Jersey
    30 Mar 2012, 5:42 pm

    Who keeps giving M. Night Shyamalan money to make these movies?Seriously, what studio executive read this script and thought thatmaking this movie would be a good idea? After the disaster that wasLady in the Water Shyamalan comes back with a movie which unbelievably,almost impossibly, may actually be worse. Lousy acting, laughably baddialogue and a story which is just downright stupid combine to make oneterrible movie.

    Anyhow the story here is that starting in New York City and thenquickly spreading through the Northeast everyone is suddenly killingthemselves. Everyone drops what they're doing, seemingly goes catatonicfor a moment and then offs themselves anyway they can. Fling themselvesoff the top of a building, shoot themselves in the head…whatever.What could possibly make people do this? Obviously it must be some kindof terrorist attack or so everyone thinks. There certainly is somethingbad in the air and people need to flee. And here we meet our maincharacters, a Philadelphia high school science teacher and his wifealong with his friend and his friend's daughter. They get out of thecity, inevitably get stuck in the middle of nowhere, the charactersbegin to do and say things which make no sense whatsoever and the wholemovie falls apart as we watch people try to run away from the wind.

    Mark Wahlberg has the central role here and his performance is trulyawful. Certainly he isn't helped by the hideous script but it reallyseems as if Wahlberg can do nothing right. He seems rather emotionlessfor a guy trying to figure out why everyone's engaging in mass suicide.As his wife, Zooey Deschanel goes through the film with a blank stareon her face. Some of the corpses show more life. Most of the othercharacters we meet make a bad impression if they make any impression atall. Some truly bizarre people wander in and out of this movie. And allof them are forced to spout dialogue which is so bad it often becomesunintentionally funny. Somebody wrote that? Really? Ha-ha. But as badas the acting and dialogue are it's the story which is the biggestproblem. Once the movie reveals what actually is happening it becomesimpossible to take the story seriously. Stupid. So very, very stupid.The premise makes no sense, doesn't work at all, and thus the movie isdoomed to failure. I really can't fathom that after reading the scriptanyone actually encouraged Shyamalan to go ahead and make this movie.The Sixth Sense sure was a long time ago.

  9. philmographer from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 5:42 pm

    I was disappointed to see such harsh reviews from the critics whenthere are clearly much sillier and stupid films out there. "Zohan" wasabout 60% at rotten tomatoes, while "The Happening" was at 14%. Thedisappointment didn't last long when I realized, given the informationabove, if critics had liked this movie, that might have been a badthing. I focused my attention on interviews with Shyamalan himselftalking about the film instead of the pretentious critics who havegrown accustom to hating his movies. I decided to take HIS advice andgo into the theater looking for a "fun B movie".

    You will find that, and so much more. This movie is not your averagethriller by any means. "The Happening" holds a solid "Twilight Zone"feel without being cliché or overused. This might be why the averagemasses didn't like it. We are used to being fed sequel after sequelafter remake after remake. Don't get me wrong, those are fun movies towatch but the ART of film is being lost. The stereotypic perfectleading man who is smooth, witty, handsome and quick thinking whoalways saves the day will not be found in this film. Nor will theoveruse of incredible special effects, slashing and squirting blood andgore, erotic sex scenes, fast paced chases, or crude language. Yes, thecontent is uncomfortable and disturbing and times, but it has a point.It's not goring for the sake of being goring and it's not uncontrolledin it's violence.

    This film is simple. It has flawed and awkward characters who don'talways say the smoothest thing. Everyone is imperfect and they don'thandle the situations in the best "hollywood" type manner. Shyamalandid this on purpose. This movie is not paced for the "entertain meentertain me entertain me entertain me" type audiences we have mostlybecome. You are given the elements, but it's up to you to be able toslow down and feel the emotions in order to appreciate the film. Theparable and meaning are so much deeper and innocent than what ispopularized in media today. It will challenge you. It will make youthink.

    "The Happening" on the outside is a very fun and funny film. It is a"B" movie on the surface because of it's amazing simplicity, but by theend of the film you realize what it's actually all about. It's sad tosee that so many people have completely missed it.

    Bottom line: If you liked his other films, you must see this one, itfalls into the ranks of everything made before Lady. If you didn't likehis other films, stick to boring remakes and sequels.

  10. Mel J from Dundee, Scotland
    30 Mar 2012, 5:42 pm

    When I first saw the trailer for 'The Happening', I was quite excitedat the prospect of another film by M. Night Shyamalan. After all, Ienjoyed all his previous films, save 'Lady in the Lake', and was surehe would deliver another breath-taking blockbuster. Sadly, I was wrongand while the film was not a turkey, it was not of the excellence I hadexpected.

    The film sees some sort of mysterious ecological event leading topeople committing mass suicide, the phenomenon spreading first fromlarge cities then to smaller towns until it is clear a huge chunk ofthe East Coast is affected. At first, it is assumed to be a terroristattack but, as more and more people are spontaneously kill themselves,it is clear the cause may be something else entirely…

    One of the problems with the film was the quality of the acting and thecharacters themselves. Mark Wahlberg stars as Elliot, the scienceteacher who is our main protagonist, and he does flounder in manyscenes as if he forgets he's playing an intelligent but ordinaryeveryday guy, not a gung-ho military hero who is cool in allsituations. He could have injected more emotion into his performance.Zooey Deschanel plays Elliot's girlfriend Alma and she too fails tomake the audience care for her with the way she depicts the characterto be some sort of an escapee from a teeny-booper romance flick. To befair, it is not entirely Deschanel's fault as Alma is a weak,self-centred character with the emotional capacity of a youngadolescent (for example, she puts Elliot and a child at risk a coupleof times with her stupid decisions and, at the start, when it's clearpeople are dying, she is in a huff because Elliot and his friend 'hurt'her feelings).

    When it comes to the actual storyline, the plot does start offintriguingly and there are many chilling moments when we see people arecoolly committing suicide like mindless zombies. However, the finaledoesn't deliver what the build-up promised. There are no realexplanations or solid end result. In many ways, this film is similar toShyamalan's previous project 'Signs' both in terms of a mass disasterand no real end resolution to the events but 'Signs' worked betterbecause the characters were more effectively portrayed and theirpersonal storyline was enough of a finale to compensate. This is notthe case in 'The Happening' where the storyline fizzles out.

    Overall, this is by no means a terrible film. It is enjoyable and fitsnicely into the apocalyptic genre but 'Signs' has done this sort ofidea before and did it better. That said, there was not only momentsthat had me on the edge of my seat but also lines which were quitehumorous. And certainly, it does make one think about the state of theplanet in regards to whether humanity does have it coming to them andhow we would cope in such an event. It is worth a look, especially in aweek when the other premiere is 'The Hulk, a film aimed at keepingtwelve-year-olds' entertained.

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