Lady in the Water director M. Night Shyamalan puts PG-13 suspense on pause to tell this grim apocalyptic tale about a family fleeing a natural disaster that poses a grave threat to the whole of humanity. Philadelphia high-school science teacher Elliot Moore (Mark Wahlberg) is discussing the disappearance of the bees with his students when the staff is summoned to the theater and briefed about a mysterious event that is currently unfolding in New York City. According to reports, citizens in the vicinity of Central Park have suddenly and inexplicably begun seizing up just before killing themselves by whatever means are at their disposal. As the phenomena begins to spread and talk of terrorism fills the airwaves, Elliot, his wife, Alma (Zooey Deschanel), their friend Julian (John Leguizamo), and his daughter, Jess (Ashlyn Sanchez), board a train bound for the presumed safety of the country. When the train screeches to a halt before arriving at its final destination, however, the frightened passengers are forced to fend for themselves as each consecutive news report paints an increasingly grim picture of the situation in more urbanized areas. Theories abound on what could be causing the unexplainable rash of suicides, but the only thing that everyone seems to agree on is that it's some kind of airborne contagion that is carried in the wind. It would appear that humankind's reign on planet Earth has come to an end, but perhaps if this small band of survivors can find a safe place to lie low until this all blows over, all hope for survival of the species might not be lost just yet.~Jason Buchanan
Deleted scenes with introductions by M. Night Shayamalan
The Hard Cut featurette
I Hear You Whispering featurette
Visions of the Happening: a making-of featurette
A Day for Night featurette
Elements of a Scene featurette
M. Night Shyamalan
M. Night Shyamalan
Mark WahlbergElliot Moore
Zooey DeschanelAlma Moore
Betty BuckleyMrs. Jones
Robert Bailey Jr.Jared
Frank CollisonNursery Owner
Jeremy StrongPrivate Auster
Victoria ClarkNursery Owner's Wife
Alison FollandWoman Reading on Bench with Hair Pin
Excellent action and mistery movie. I love the work of Mark Wahlberg.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
First Half of the Movie is Great...
Of course I bought the movie to remind myself of it after seeing 'Bird Box' on Netflix. People are killing themselves and we don't know why. The first half of the movie is great with build up and suspense. It kinda falls flat in the end. In a way, it's classic M. Night Shyamalan, but just kinda makes you sigh.
I don’t understand why this movie gets so much flak... the acting? It’s entertaining and unique. I like it. You should make up your own mind right?!? It was cheap and I’m happy to own it. Bare bones I think- but okay
It begins with no clear warning. It seems to come out of nowhere. In a matter of minutes, episodes of strange, chilling deaths that defy reason and boggle the mind in their shocking destructiveness, erupt in major American cities. What is causing this sudden, total breakdown of human behavior? Is it some kind of new terrorist attack, an experiment gone wrong, a diabolical toxic weapon, an out-of-control virus? Is it being transmitted by air, by water.. how?
Great price for this movie. Conveniently cheap for a DVD
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Rated 3 out of 5 stars
Was expecting too much, I suppose
M. Night Shyamalan certainly has recognizable movies he has directed; The Happening is recognizable for the wrong reasons I think. I'm not an expert critic and I'll see anything at least once. But from the beginning of the movie, Mark Whalberg seemed very, very off as a teacher. Like a sense that you know he's not gonna be able to act. The movie begins with terrifying incidents of people committing suicide and immediately hooks you in. You wonder what the heck is happening and why they're doing this to themselves. It's a spoiler free review but let me just say that, others may like the ending but I was very confused. Not in understanding what happened but why they chose to end it that way. John Leguizamo and Zooey Dechanel are great actors but I felt indifferent to their characters here. All the dialogue and banter here feels very off and cheesy. Give it a try if you want to see what happens, but don't expect much. It's one of those movies that are so bad they're good.