Today, I saw M. Night Shyamalan’s The Happening. It was eerie, creepy in a way that only those films that don’t show you the enemy can be.
Starring Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel, and John Leguizamo , the film starts out as an average day in New York City and that “average day” ends as anything but. Mark Wahlberg has carved out a successful career as a resilient everyman – the sort of guy who could be your next door neighbor — he plays this type of character in The Happening, as well. Zooey Deschanel’s character seems to evolve dramatically over the course of the movie. John Leguizamo, a personal favorite, has far too little screen time – he would have also made a great lead, playing Wahlberg’s role. Note that The Happening deserves an honorable mention for Ferris Bueller’s sidekick, Alan Ruck, as a New York City school principal.
I enjoyed most of the film. It wasn’t predictable, and certainly was an interesting ride. My only disappointment was the ending: It seemed a bit too pat.
I’ve been an M.Night fan for a long while, but am concerned that The Happening won’t be the comeback event we’d hoped for, especially since it doesn’t seem to appeal to most audiences. Nonetheless, you may want to read Richard Ebert’s review, and his view of The Happening as a parable of modern day apocalypse.
Definitely recommended for M. Night Shyamalan fans.