The Happening

The Happening

M Night Shyamalan (2008)

86min
15 Certificate
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The Sixth Sense director M Night Shyamalan's follow-up to Lady in the Water is a daft marriage of disaster thriller and 1970s eco-horror. It begins intriguingly enough with American cities afflicted by a sudden and inexplicable breakdown in human behaviour. But unlike 28 Days Later..., the violence comes in the form of self-destruction, as people commit mass suicide in a variety of shocking ways. Philadelphia science teacher Mark Wahlberg and his wife Zooey Deschanel hope to avoid the chaos by heading for the country, but soon find they can't be safe if they don't know who or what is causing the attacks. There's nothing exciting about this drawn-out tale of collective paranoia among an oddball group of survivors. Shyamalan's arch script moves from reasonably thoughtful hysteria to just hysterically funny - with Wahlberg conducting a lunatic conversation with a plastic pot plant. It's further evidence of the director's descent from the master of the paranormal plot twist into utter silliness.

Summary

A series of baffling suicides in New York City is the first sign of an impending crisis that sweeps across America, as people are inexplicably driven insane until they take their own lives. A couple flee, hoping to find a safe place to hide, only to discover the shocking cause of the sinister phenomenon. M Night Shyamalan's horror, starring Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel and John Leguizamo.

Cast & Crew

Elliot Moore Mark Wahlberg
Alma Moore Zooey Deschanel
Julian John Leguizamo
Jess Ashlyn Sanchez
Mrs Jones Betty Buckley
Josh Spencer Breslin
Jared Robert Bailey Jnr
Pte Auster Jeremy Strong
Director M Night Shyamalan
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Violence.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 13 Jun 2008
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