Cast: John Leguizamo, Zooey Deschanel, Mark Wahlberg, and Betty Buckley
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Script: M. Night Shyamalan
Rating: R for violent images
A normal morning in New York’s Central Park turns into a war between nature and the human species. A science teacher, a math teacher, and a therapist in Philadelphia try to survive the unexplained attack from an unidentified substance in the air.
With this overdose of death and chaos, M. Night Shyamalan, the Indian director of the acclaimed The Sixth Sense and the critical flop, Lady in the Water, returns to movie theaters this Friday with The Happening, a cinematographic feat that uses fear as a wake up call to raise awareness about the affects of humanity on our planet.
With raw images and minimal censorship, the film becomes a logistical nightmare, and despite exploring some really interesting ideas, the plot leads the characters to live senseless situations in which none of them really knows what’s happening..
Starring Zooey Deschanel, John Leguizamo and Mark Wahlberg, the film leaves many questions unanswered, and in the midst of being simultaneously confused and impressed, one doesn’t know if the film is so bad because it doesn’t resolve anything in two hours, or if it’s so good that it requires further analysis and afterthought.