M. Night Shyamalan The Happening Spoilers

May 15, 2008

M. Night Shyamalan has been trying to recapture the glory he had with Sixth Sense, but his recent films have left audiences wondering if he peaked with Bruce Willis and seeing dead people.  His latest movie, The Happening, star Mark Wahlberg and a mysterious illness that is killing everyone.  If you haven’t heard of it yet check out the trailer here.  Of course the big question is what is the twist with this movie?  Well according to certain websites the twist is out….SPOILER AHEAD!!!

From the script review:

In a nutshell:
The Day after Tomorrow…with plants.

What’s the plot?
A middle school science teacher (Mark Wahlberg), his estranged wife (Zooey Deschanel), best friend (John Leguizamo) and his daughter fight to stay alive as a powerful neurotoxin creates global chaos.

What’s bad about it?
-Note: the film is about killer trees and plants.

-The Happening features the most moronic environmentalism in the history of cinema. It makes On Deadly Ground look like An Inconvenient Truth.

-The Kindergarten-level message of the film is that if Mankind continues to be cruel to nature…nature will eventually fight back.

– Do you like characters outrunning fireballs? How about characters outrunning WIND?

– The script takes the classic “idiot plot” to previously unknown levels of retardation. Question: If nature itself turned against mankind…wouldn’t the logical course of action be to seek refuge indoors, nail your windows shut and try to make the room as airtight as possible? Off the top of my head, I can think of a dozen spots that would be infinitely safer than roaming around fields, forests and gardens aimlessly. Yet, Shyamalan has his characters do just that.

And from an early film review:

“The Happening” is a terrible, terrible movie. I mean, it’s bad on an epic scale… let me stress: this is not pent-up Shyamalan aggression or a desire to see him fail. This is bad in a jaw-dropping “they can’t really be serious, can they?” kind of way.

Picture “The Birds” without any birds, and that should give you a good idea of what Shyamalan seems to be going for. Suddenly and for seemingly no reason a neuro-toxin is released in the Northeastern United States that causes people to murder themselves in terrible ways. The effect sweeps through different towns and everyone races to escape, unsure of what’s really going on…

It’s plants that are responsible. They’ve decided to wipe out humanity and release the neuro-toxin as their natural weapon…. it’s very, very hard to menacingly cut to an evil-looking tree. That doesn’t stop him from trying, though, and he inexplicably adds wind as a way of livening up the scenes. When the leaves of a tree start to blow, evil’s afoot. It’s really, really hard not to laugh at and there’s even a real groaner of a gag-scene wherein Wahlberg timidly apologizes to a houseplant only to find that it’s made of rubber. Really.
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