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BIGBENFASTWILLIE
06-13-2008, 11:42 PM
Dont wast your money on this movie.....

j-dawg
06-13-2008, 11:45 PM
i got a chance to read the script awhile back when the running title was "the green effect" ... it wasn't a good read at all.

revefsreleets
06-14-2008, 07:33 AM
The review I read made it quite clear that very few people would enjoy this movie, that the pacing was too slow for an American audience, and the movie is way too introspective.

I'm still going to go see it.

Rhee Rhee
06-14-2008, 07:37 AM
from what i heard, the ending was terrible... too fast and just seemed like the director ran out of money to film the last 30 minutes...

revefsreleets
06-14-2008, 07:48 AM
http://www.ohio.com/entertainment/movies/19881034.html

'Happening' is quietly unsettling

Director Shyamalan gives audience time to reflect on disaster

By Roger Ebert
Universal Press Syndicate

Published on Friday, Jun 13, 2008

''If the bee disappears from the surface of the Earth, man would have no more than four years to live.'' — Albert Einstein.

An alarming prospect, and all the more so because there has been a recent decline in the honeybee population. Perhaps it is comforting to know that Einstein never said any such thing — less comforting, of course, for the bees. The quotation appears on a blackboard near the beginning of M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening, a movie I found oddly touching. It is no doubt too thoughtful for the summer action season, but I appreciate the quietly realistic way Shyamalan finds to tell a story about the possible death of man.

One day in Central Park people start to lose their trains of thought. They begin walking backward. They start killing themselves. This behavior spreads through Manhattan, and then all of the Northeastern states. Construction workers throw themselves from scaffolds. Policeman shoot themselves. The deaths are blamed on a ''terrorist attack,'' but in fact no one has the slightest clue, and New York City is evacuated.

We meet Elliot Moore (Mark Wahlberg), a high school science teacher; the quote was on his blackboard. We meet his wife, Alma (Zooey Deschanel), his friend Julian (John Leguizamo), and Julian's daughter Jess (Ashlyn Sanchez). They find themselves fleeing on a train to Harrisburg, Pa., although people learn from their cell phones that the plague, or whatever it is, may have jumped ahead of them.

Now consider how Shyamalan shows the exodus from Manhattan. He avoids all the conventional scenes of riots in Grand Central Station, people killing each other for seats on the train, etc., and shows the population as quiet and apprehensive. If you don't know what you're fleeing, and it may be waiting for you ahead, how would you behave? Like this, I suspect.

Julian entrusts his daughter with Elliot and Alma, and goes in search of his wife. The train stops permanently at a small town. The three hitch a ride in a stranger's car and later meet others who are fleeing, from what or to what, they do not know. Elliot meets a man who talks about a way plants have of creating hormones to kill their enemies, and he develops a half-baked theory that man may have finally delivered too many insults to the grasses and the shrubs, the flowers and the trees, and their revenge is in the wind.

By now the three are trekking cross-country through Pennsylvania, joined by two young boys. They come to the isolated country home of Mrs. Jones (Betty Buckley), a very odd old lady. Here they eat and spend the night, and other events take place, and Elliot and Alma find an opportunity to discuss their love and reveal some secrets and speculate about what dread manifestation has overtaken the world.

Too uneventful for you? Not enough action? For me, Shyamalan's approach was more effective than smash-and-grab plot-mongering. His use of the landscape is disturbingly effective. The performances by Wahlberg and Deschanel have a quiet dignity. The strangeness of starting a day in New York and ending it hiking across a country field is underlined. Most of the other people we meet, not all, are muted and introspective.

For some time the thought has been gathering at the back of my mind that we are in the final act. We have insulted the planet so much that it can no longer sustain us. It never occurred to me that vegetation might exterminate us. In fact, the form of the planet's revenge remains undefined in my thoughts.

What I admired about The Happening is that the pace and substance of its storytelling allowed me to examine such thoughts, and to ask how I might respond to a wake-up call from nature. Shyamalan allows his characters space and time as they look within themselves. Those they meet on the way are such as they might indeed plausibly meet. Even the television and radio news is done correctly, as convenient cliches about terrorism give way to bewilderment and apprehension.

I suspect I'll be in the minority in praising this film. It will be described as empty, uneventful, meandering. But for some it will weave a spell. It is a parable, yes, but it is also simply the story of these people and how their lives and existence have suddenly become problematical. We depend on such a superstructure to maintain us that one or two alterations could leave us stranded and wandering through a field, if we are that lucky.

The Duke
06-14-2008, 12:12 PM
I was so excited for this movie. but now everyone says it's no good, and reviews are nothing special.

so....wait to rent?

millwalldavey
06-14-2008, 12:20 PM
The review I read made it quite clear that very few people would enjoy this movie, that the pacing was too slow for an American audience, and the movie is way too introspective.

I'm still going to go see it.

I'll see it. Anything that sounds lke an American audience will not like it usually means I will. I hate most of the dreck that seems to make all the $$$.