The Happening (2008)

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We are currently in a snow storm which should be going for at least tomorrow some time.  So I decided that this would be a good time to do another of the EYG Binge-a-thons.  I have been planning the next binge.  This time, the concept is Second Chance/First Impression Winter Storm Binge.  The idea is that I am going to choose from two types of films.  Either films that I saw once before and did not like or movies that I have not seen because I have heard others say negative things.

I mean, the only time I ever watched Se7en was in the theater and I did not like it much, but when I rewatched it last year, I found it much better. The same could be said for Sicario.  You never know how your opinions or tastes may change over the years.

I started compiling possible lists when I came across this movie.  With Glass coming out this weekend (and me yet having to see it, despite some negative reviews I have heard), I thought this would be the perfect film with which to kick off the Second Chance/First Impression Winter Storm Binge.  M. Night Shyamalan’s notoriously bad movie starring Mark Wahlberg and Zooey Deschanel called The Happening.

“What? Noooooooooooo”

I just saw some discussion of this on Movie Fights Live this past Thursday, where they had a whole Shyamalan-themed episode.  It also shares a lot of ideas with the recent Netflix hit Bird Box.  What better to do for a First Impression (as I have never seen this).

My first impression… this is crap.

I was not angry watching this like I was during Movie 43 or Holmes and Watson.  This was more like watching Birdemic: Shock and Terror or Manos: Hands of Fate.  You know that at some point, the RiffTrax Live guys will get there hands on this and it will be hilarious.  Heck, there were parts of this movie that were damn funny as it was (even though that was not what was intended).

Mark Wahlberg has had some bad movies before (Transformers: The Last Knight, Planet of the Apes, Collateral) but this one is right near the top of stinkers.  He is terrible as a science teacher named Elliot Moore.  He seemed void of any real emotional reactions and his acting is wooden as can be.

Yes, the trees and the wind were trying to kill them, and, after watching the film and their acting, how could you honestly blame them.

The dialogue was ridiculous.  The story was horrendous.  There was no sense being made and M. Night tried to bash you over the head with a message.

I laughed more here than anything else.  There were no tension or scares.  I can’t imagine why they made some of the choices that they made.

This one did not get the Second Chance/First Impression Winter Storm Binge off to a good start.  I hope I can find some diamonds in the rough during this binge or I might have to move over to the Punisher.

*Please let Glass be better than this*



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