I have mixed feelings about
M. Night Shyamalan. I loved The Sixth Sense — and no, I didn’t
figure it out before the end. Unbreakable was interesting, as
was Signs. Then things started going downhill. The Village
— meh. Lady in the Water — awful. But I’ll give The Happening a try for one simple reason: Zooey
Deschanel stars with Mark Wahlberg in this "paranoia
thriller about a family on the run from an apocalyptic threat to humanity."
I guess "paranoia thriller" is a new genre. Or a description
of my first date with a woman. The trailer is creepy, to say the least.
I can’t tell where the movie
is set, but it looks like we’re in for yet another big scene of people
running for their lives through the streets of a big city. In this case,
the threat is an environmental one — a toxin causes people to want to
kill themselves. The poster looks pretty bleak.
I planned to say something
snarky and clever about the cringe-inducing tagline, but I can’t beat Screen Rant‘s rewrite, which says it all.
We’ve Sensed It.
Can It Be Broken?
We’ve Seen The Signs.
Now… It’s Happening.
Not In Just A Village, But
And Only One Lady Can Stop
I only hope the screenwriters
are better than the marketing writers. What do you think? Do you
have high hopes for The Happening?