Tuesday, 17 June 2008
M Night Shyamalan's The Happening is a disaster movie. I mean that literally folks. The Happening is a disaster of a movie, poorly written, haphazardly directed with zero tension or suspense beyond what you've seen in the trailer, and career-worst performances from Mark Wahlberg and Zooey Deschanel. The eco-revenge plot that leads to mass suicides wouldn't be so bad if Shyamalan had any idea what to do with it. And as you carry on watching — despite your inner voice telling you to go, to leave the cinema, immediately, because it's not going to get any better — you realise he doesn't. Instead we have an icky familial finale in another isolated farmhouse borrowed from Signs that really doesn't make any sense and the nagging feeling that maybe he's a filmmaker who only knows one trick. Shyamalan has talked about himself in terms of Spielberg and Hitchcock. On this evidence one would have to say Ed Wood.