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The Happening, 2008

The Happening
Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan
Written by: M. Night Shyamalan
Language:  English, French
Country:  USA, India
Runtime:  91 min
MPAA Rating:  R
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The mood of The Happening is suspenseful, mind bending, and bleak. The plot centers around a plague, a family in danger, and an apocalypse. It is a thriller, mystery, and drama movie. In approach, The Happening is serious. The setting is Philadelphia and New York. It happens in contemporary times. Note that The Happening includes violent content.

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In THE HAPPENING, M. Night Shyamalan serves up over-the-top, apocalyptic strangeness. The film opens... more

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Language: English, French
Country: USA, India
Release date: 13 June 2008
Runtime: 91 min

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Mark Wahlberg Mark Wahlberg As Elliot Moore
Zooey Deschanel Zooey Deschanel As Alma Moore
John Leguizamo John Leguizamo As Julian
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Los Angeles Times
It doesn't help that Wahlberg, whose work usually ranges from solid to inspired, is bewildering off-key here, though it may have something to do with playing off Deschanel, who reduces the whole marriage story line to a parody.
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Some sure symptoms: The movie demonstrates a smart movie geek's obsession with the rhythms and gory details of horror storytelling, undermined by a pompous insistence on spiritual lessons of the tritest kind.
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The plot is... interesting to say the least, but far from perfect. The acting wasn't horrible, but not all that great.
11.August.2014 |  by: Eli
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I really wanted to like this movie. About halfway through I decided (hoped) maybe it was made as a spoof. It's the only explanation that makes sense. It attempts to be minimalist and quietly frightening, but only succeeds at feeling like a stiff B...
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15.November.2010 |  by: schmaarit
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The most creepy thing about this movie is that Al Gore continues to amass his minions in Hollywood creating fairy-tale fiction to front his fairy-tale agenda. Aside from the silly environmentalist premise, this movie suffers from bizarre scenes in...
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21.September.2010 |  by: Jon Paul
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I actually liked this movie, right up until we discover **spoiler alert** the trees? For Real?
10.July.2010 |  by: Amanda
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Amanda rated this title
Interesting, potentially great concept destroyed by an author who seems to have all but forgotten how to write a script. Unbelievably bad dialogue and unbelievable scenarios (I mean the scene setups not the overall conceit--it is an eco-horror...
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30.June.2010 |  by: Gabriel
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The happening is one of those love it or hate it kind of movies, which is why I would have to disagree totally with all those who hated it and said it wasn't worth the wait. I truly loved this movie! The story offered a unique twist on reality....
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18.September.2009 |  by: Jon
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Many people have compared the reception of this movie to M. Night's much maligned "Unbreakable", but I find the comparison very undeserved. Much of the criticism of Unbreakable came from those that decried its slow pace and strange emotion, and...
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17.September.2009 |  by: trinian
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trinian rated this title
Waste of time. This movie is possibly Manoj's worst. The movie fails to provide the thrill which other manoj films usually provide. Even after reading the reviews I wanted to give it a try. But it was not worth it. Mark Wahlberg was a bad choice for...
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16.September.2009 |  by: sreevatsa
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Most negative reviews of this movie are essentially the same. People have an idea in their heads of what an M. Night Shyamalan film is and then are disappointed when the film doesn't match those expectations. What I like about M. Night's films is...
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