I just don’t know. I really wanted to like this film. The few trailers I saw really seemed to hint at an interesting film. And despite the low-key opening weekend I was expecting some form of entertainment. I didn’t get it.
The Happening has a wonderful start. That scene in Central Park really works, it is creepy and morbid and effective. But once we get past that opening scenes we never reach that intensity again. We never reach anything but meh. I’m not sure exactly what Mark Wahlberg was doing throughout this film, but it didn’t seem like acting to me. Or maybe it was just the character; an overly clichÃ©d teacher, so full of earnestness that he’d almost make you sick. And Zooey Deschanel? wtf was going on there. Did she really intend to come across as slow? Cause if she was aiming for quirky she missed the boat.
I’m not even going to go near the plot. But I’ve come to a realisation about Shyamalan’s film; the plot doesn’t really matter. I think that this is part of the reason Signs annoyed me so much. The plot was crap, it is here too, but Shyamalan’s films are all about people and how they react. Which’d be fine and dandy, only in this film the characters aren’t really there. They are confused and act in a fairly believable way in that regard, but as actual real 3 dimensional characters? Nope, not working.
And don’t be holding out for a twist. There isn’t one, there is nothing, just an end. Disappointing in the extreme.