Saturday, June 14, 2008

The Happening Review

Synopsis: A paranoid thriller about a family on the run from a natural crisis that presents a large-scale threat to humanity.

Other Reviews:

Ebert & Roeper: Due Out On Tuesday (6-17-08)

Fandango: 54 Oh No, 19 No, 50 So-So, 55 Go, 72 Must Go

Rotten Tomatoes: T-Meter: 19% (Rotten), Top Critics: 11% (Rotten), RT Community: 38% (Rotten)

Metacritic: Critics: 37 out of 100, Users: 3.4 out of 10

Yahoo Movies: Critics: C+ Users: C+

My Review: M. Night Shyamalan is one of my top ten directors mainly because I love the concepts in his films. I also like that tries to incorporate some kind of religious undertone. This film may have placed me with the other fans who have expressed their opinion as “losing faith in the director.” I going to be honest this film was not that great, but saying “it sucked” MIGHT be a little too harsh. The concept was great: “What is it like to see humanity at its basic primordial state,” very suspenseful right. Wrong, what we actually see on screen is just a family running from the wind and a bunch people killing them self’s, I might add in pretty brutal ways, hints the rating of R. I hate to say this but has M. Night Shyamalan lost his touch or is it just an awesomely bad run of luck. I know fan are about done with M. Night Shyamalan movies, I quote the guy behind me “I will not waste another dollar on his movies again.” I want to believe that there are others out there like me who like M. Night Shyamalan and have some faith in his work. Is this bad run of movies the end of the line? The Village, Lady in the Water, and The Happening some would say has gotten progressively worst and I half way agree. I liked The Village and Lady in the Water but both of there ending were bad. I have the same feelings for The Happening but worst. It also was slow and somewhat boring. The suicide scenes are so brutal all you can say is “Holy Shit,” which also can turns people off. It wasn’t all bad there at lease two good things that came out of this film and that are Mark Wahlberg, and John Leguizamo. Not one to pay for maybe rent but that maybe stretching it also. So if you are like me and are a fan of M. Night Shyamalan and still have some faith in his filmmaking then you MIGHT give it a shoot, when it come out to rent. Until next God bless and happy movie hunting.

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