Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Movie Review: The Happening

While not an overly large sum of money, $9.50 is quite a large amount to shell out for a movie. Especially if in the end, the movie isn't worth the money you paid for it. M. Night Shayamalan's "The Happening" while harboring much intrigue and promise by me before viewing it, was clearly a fall from grace for the director.

Without spoiling any details, I will go out on a limb to say if you have seen the previews you have probably already seen the movie in my mind. The movie features a consistently "surprised" Mark Wahlberg, a puzzling and disjointed marital strife between Wahlberg and the lead female, and a less than satisfying ending. There were some scattered scenes of pointless violence, and the movie could have easily been PG-13 had these been taken out.

There were some bright spots, as the scenes involving Betty Buckley playing the part of a paranoid old woman were weird and strange enough to be mildly interesting and entertaining. Aside from that, the movie wasn't worth $3.00 let alone $9.50. I would advise anyone looking for some semblance of entertainment and organized flow to look elsewhere.

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