Is Shyamalan’s The Happening “a Terrible, Terrible Movie”?

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Yes, says not one, but two people who have managed to see a sneak peek at M. Night Shyamalan’s stab at climbing out of the pit known as “critically and commercially savaged”, aka post-“Lady in the Water” stinkiness. Unfortunately, while the trailers seem to strike that perfect balance of, “What the hell is going on here?” and “Geez, I kinda don’t really want to know, because I might not be able to handle it!!”, the first reviews for the film are not, well, good. In fact, they’re downright terrible. Really, really terrible, apparently.

The reviews were sent into Collider.com. Here’s an excerpt:

“The Happening” is a terrible, terrible movie. I mean, it’s bad on an epic scale. It’s so bad that I can’t possibly tell you how bad it is without understating the point or making it sound like I’m picking on the film. But 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. The closest comparison I can draw is to Neil LaBute’s “Wicker Man” and, like that film, the only consolation I can offer potential theater-goers is that you might want to see it just to be in on the ground floor when the film gets its ass handed back to it.

Yikes.

Here’s more about the plot:

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. The lead, Mark Wahlberg, is a schoolteacher who is on the outs with wife Zooey Deschanel. They flee together with a few other strangers and try to figure out what has caused the deadly outbreak.

You can read the rest of the review — SPOILERS!! — at Collider.com. And yes, the reviewer does tell you what causes “the happening”. And it’s, well, it’s pretty funny. Not in a “haha” sort of way, but in a, “Are you effin’ kidding me, M. Night?” sort of way.

The Happening Movie

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  • Cece

    Just by the perview and the lame title i wont even see it

  • Cece

    Just by the perview and the lame title i wont even see it

  • Scheherez

    Oh…boy…

    What has he done? Is this the NEW Uwe Boll? Can he NOT sink ANY lower? This is Dog-dung! Aliens, yeah…Misguided people, even…I can stomach that…but TREES?!?!? Oy…Gotta be careful of your new cactus, now!!!!

  • Scheherez

    Oh…boy…

    What has he done? Is this the NEW Uwe Boll? Can he NOT sink ANY lower? This is Dog-dung! Aliens, yeah…Misguided people, even…I can stomach that…but TREES?!?!? Oy…Gotta be careful of your new cactus, now!!!!

  • aqualung

    You said there are two people who have seen it and did not like it, yet you only quote from the one article which bashes the movie. That review itself is suspect as what he has described is from the original script. And he claims there is no score in the version he saw when the score was completed a few weeks back. It is a wonder how the internet enables the spread of opinions & claimed experiences so widely and so fast that people don’t even stop to think if it is true or fake.

  • aqualung

    You said there are two people who have seen it and did not like it, yet you only quote from the one article which bashes the movie. That review itself is suspect as what he has described is from the original script. And he claims there is no score in the version he saw when the score was completed a few weeks back. It is a wonder how the internet enables the spread of opinions & claimed experiences so widely and so fast that people don’t even stop to think if it is true or fake.

  • Me

    My tree-based neurotoxin trumps your lousy review.

    I see dead… trees…

  • Me

    My tree-based neurotoxin trumps your lousy review.

    I see dead… trees…

  • Marty

    Am I the only person that loved Lady In The Water??

  • Marty

    Am I the only person that loved Lady In The Water??