Saturday, 10 June 2017

The Happening (2008) - Film Review

Review:

*Originally written June 11th, 2017*

 "It was the fucking plants, man"

While entertaining and watchable, there's no denying that The Happening is a laughably bad film. I saw this nearly 10 years ago and hadn't seen it since. Wow. I forgot how bad it is.

The script is garbage. The performances are god-awful (Zooey Deschanel in particular) and the whole film is nonsense. This could have been a fun B-movie if it didn't take itself so seriously, despite being so unintentionally funny. Characters jump to and make conclusions out of nowhere in the silliest ways possible. I think the funniest part of this whole ordeal is seeing Wahlberg play against type and being a school teacher rather than a criminal or cop.

I think it funny that this was billed as M. Night Shyamalan's first "R" rated film, but in the UK, has the same age rating as most of his other films due to our retarded censorship on tame horror films. The Sixth Sense is rated 15. Fucking LOL. That said, this is easily the most violent and grizzly out of all of M. Night's films.

The bursts of gore and variety of suicide scenes keeps The Happening watchable, but frustrating as it creates an interesting idea that nature turns against humanity after all we've done to it. Which is what I assume the message and point of the film is?

That's The Happening, a film deservedly ridiculed because of how bad it is. A film that Mark Wahlberg publicly mocked because "It was the fucking plants, man". I agree, it was the fucking plants. What nonsense this was. At least M. Night's career has picked up again after this and a couple more duds.

3/10 Dans

The Happening is out now on Blu-ray and DVD in the UK
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