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The Happening [Blu-ray] [2008]

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Mark Wahlberg , Zooey Deschanel , M. Night Shyamalan    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel, John Leguizamo, Ashlyn Sanchez, Tony Devon
  • Directors: M. Night Shyamalan
  • Producers: M. Night Shyamalan, Barry Mendel, Sam Mercer
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Nov 2008
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001EY5VJG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,999 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



You'd expect the end of the world to be no day in the park, but in M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening, a day in the park is where the end begins. One otherwise peaceful summer morning, New Yorkers strolling in Central Park come to a halt in unison, then begin killing themselves by any means at hand. At a high-rise construction site a few blocks over, it's raining bodies as workers step off girders into space. And all the while, the city is so quiet you can hear the gentle breeze in the trees. That breeze carries a neurotoxin, and what or who put it there (terrorists?) is a question raised periodically as the film unfolds. But the question that really matters is how and whether anybody in the Middle Atlantic states is going to stay alive.

The Happening is Shyamalan's best film since The Sixth Sense, partly because he avoids the kind of egregious misjudgment that derailed The Village and Lady in the Water, but mostly because the whole thing has been structured and imagined to keep faith with the point of view of regular, unheroic folks confronted with a mammoth crisis. Focal characters are a Philadelphia high-school science teacher (Mark Wahlberg, excellent), his wife (Zooey Deschanel) and math-teacher colleague (John Leguizamo), and the latter’s little girl (Ashlyn Sanchez). Instinct says get out of the cities and move west; most of the film takes place in the delicately picturesque Pennsylvania countryside, with menace hovering somewhere in the haze. There are no special effects (apart from a wind machine and some breakaway glass), but the movie manages to be deeply unsettling in the matter-of-factness of its storytelling. Especially effective is its feel for what we might call the surrealism of banality. One warning sign that someone has been infected by the neurotoxin is irrational or erratic speech and behavior, yet Shyamalan has a genius for dialogue that sounds normal and everyday as it's spoken, yet flies apart grenade-like a second later as its logic (or illogic) sinks in. Then there's Deschanel's eye-rolling dodginess about the messages some guy has been leaving on her cellphone. Or the fellow (Frank Collis) who addresses his greenhouse plants as though they were his children--has a stray toxic zephyr wafted his way, or is this just his idea of normal? --Richard T. Jameson,

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Paranoid, end-of-the-world thriller, in which a science teacher and his family try to outrun a neurotoxin sweeping the country. Lecturing his students about the mass disappearance of bees, teacher Elliot Moore (Mark Wahlberg) is informed that a wave of mass suicides is occurring across the country, initially believed to be some form of biological terrorist attack. Deciding to leave town by train with his wife Alma (Zooey Deschanel), fellow teacher Julian (John Leguizamo) and Julian's daughter Jess (Ashlyn Sanchez), the train finally comes to a halt before its final destination when the crew loses contact with the outside world. As the full enormity of the situation sinks in, what little information available from news reports suggests that the rapidly spreading neurotoxin is emanating from plants, and being spread on the wind. As the suicide pandemic reaches ever smaller population centres, Elliot, Alma and Jess have to fend for themselves, desperately seeking shelter from the approaching storm.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Charlie
After watching the first half of this film on tv and then deciding to miss "The Tudors" to watch the rest, I was slightly irritated to find that the end of the film wasn't anywhere as near as good as the beginning. It starts well, with all the random suicides it has a creepiness to it and I kept watching as I wanted to find out what this "thing" was all about. As the film went on, it seemed very disjointed and lacked any real direction. There seemed to be a rather long scene involving a slightly mad old lady which left me thinking she may have "something" to do with all this, but alas she didn't and her part in the film seemed rather pointless. The reason given for "the happening", was quite frankly a bit ridiculous, I thought there might be a little more to it then that. Think of day of the triffids but nowhere near as good (I was actually more impressed by the rubbery looking "heres one I made earlier" triffids then the acting and script in this film). The idea was actually a really good one but I don't think it was thought out well enough before it was scripted, it seemed very vague and unintelligent. The last third of the film particularly, seemed to have no direction at all and felt a bit hurried. The other thing I noticed is that some people seem to be immune to "the happening" which I felt should have been explored into more. Why show some people supposedly unaffected by the events but then not really use that as any sort of relevance to the story? This one was one of my main problems with the film, the fact that so many parts of the film seemed completely pointless to the overall outcome of the film (which wasn't anything astounding anyway). It's one of those films that you end up feeling as if the film has been cut short and also leaves you disappointed thinking "is that it?". An ok film when you just want something to watch, but don't expect to be massively impressed by it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great idea, terrible script 21 Sep 2010
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
For the first third or so at least, M. Night Shyamalan's apocalyptic eco-thriller The Happening isn't quite the unmitigated disaster it's been painted, but it does play like an underwhelming SyFi Channel TV movie with a handful of bravura single-take sequences as people across the country inexplicably start taking their own lives. On the plus side it doesn't have the glacial pacing of his earlier films (even the extended DVD version comes in under an hour-and-a-half), but, for a film about the end of civilisation as we know it, it still lacks any real sense of urgency or panic and is visibly underfunded - the evacuation of New York is a particularly orderly affair involving a fairly small number of extras and a single train. Worse are the performances, with Mark Wahlberg's fey science teacher coming over like camp motivational exercise guru Richard Simmons on too many tranquillisers and Zooey Deschanel turning in a very eccentric and often plain embarrassing display of eye-rolling that Robert Newton would envy in an atrociously written role as his nervy wife. Only John Leguizamo seems to have developed enough immunity to Shyamalan's dismal direlogue to give a convincing performance despite the overwhelming odds presented by the script. And it's the writing that constantly lets the film down, with dialogue that's often too pitifully bad to even laugh at vying with woefully inept characterisation that makes you think Shyamalan has never met another person in his whole life and is just guessing at what people are like from bad movies he's seen. It constantly smothers what's at heart a really rather ingenious idea, making you long for the days when there was someone to tell him to go back and rewrite it and not give him the money to start shooting until he got it right. Read more ›
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By Leiah
“Sir, we lost contact.”
“With whom?”

I admit it. M. Night Shyamalan scares the beejezus out of me. I have watched, and actually own a few of his movies. The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs are all on my DVD movie shelf. I have The Last Airbender on my list to watch, as I really enjoyed the animated series. I will watch his others, I just don’t really watch television all that much right now.

The Happening is only a 90-minute flick, and it was a good way to wake up this evening when I crawled out of bed. Sometimes, when I have had trouble sleeping it takes me a while to get truly conscious, so tea and a muffin and a movie are sometimes the perfect way to wake up.

I didn’t even really recognize that this was a Shyamalan film until I actually opened it up in my movie rental list. Bless Dish’s little heart for offering a great list of free movies!

The Happening one of Shyamalan’s best, but it certainly isn’t his worst. Not as bone-chilling as some of the others, what starts out as what is thought to be a terrorist attack becomes something much more, as humans begin slaughtering themselves in Central Park. The contagion spreads across the east coast, attacking smaller and smaller populations, until nearly the whole population is extinct.

Shyamalan has created a tight film, set within a short time period, which addresses the human depredation of the Earth – and the Earth’s capability to fight back. I got a huge kick out of it! I loved the idea of the Earth finally saying Enough! If you like Shyamalan’s odd, quirky style and a film which addresses our carelessness towards this beautiful blue planet we are blessed with, give this movie a try.
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5.0 out of 5 stars makes you think.
This is a very good film. Excellent story. Good acting.
Published 3 days ago by peter johnson
1.0 out of 5 stars Woefull
This is Woefully bad! I love most of Shyamalan's movies... i even liked 'Lady in the Water'! But this is bad!
It has a promising start... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Fraught
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 12 days ago by michael stretton
2.0 out of 5 stars 'The Happening' not Happening to Happen, as it Happens.
Embarrassing drek that shocks me by making Marky Mark Wahlberger-with-fries likeable and sensitive. With apocalyptic visions along the lines of a 90 minute 'The Stand' or... Read more
Published 26 days ago by ScottPaul ScottPaul
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved the film
Despite the negative reviews given for this film previously, I loved the film. The concept of plants creating a neurotoxin that causes people to start killing themselves is a very... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Emma Lizzie
2.0 out of 5 stars the wind
a strange feromone coming from plants and trees is causing people worldwide to kill themselves with the help of the wind,nothing scary in this film,rubbish ,don't waste your time... Read more
Published 2 months ago by davidhattermann
M..Night Shyamalan' i think it's fair to say you either love or hate his works, me ? I do have all of his films, some on 'DVD' only and some on 'Blu-ray' including 'The... Read more
Published 2 months ago by rbmusicman
2.0 out of 5 stars A hilariously awful film
If you love hilariously awful films like The Room, The Wicker Man remake and Batman & Robin then this movie is simply a treasure. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Scott Bailey
3.0 out of 5 stars Happening
There was a good concept but the problem was m. night shyamalan and his "surprising" twists. Not a bad film but not good
Published 5 months ago by dozza
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