Don't waste your money on The Happening!
If we had just done a quick Internet search, we would have seen only an 18% approval rating on RottenTomatoes.
"Consensus: The Happening begins with promise, but unfortunately descends into an incoherent and unconvincing trifle." (from RottenTomatoes)
Gordon and I think Mark Wahlburg desperately, desperately needed money when he agreed to that movie. It was pitiful... the movie, not Mark Wahlburg.
I've been trying to find a picture of when Mark Wahlburg breaks into a deserted house and starts talking to the plant in the corner of the room, explaining to the plant that they were just there to use the bathroom. The plant turns out to be fake.
Gordon and I were laughing so hard at that scene that our sides will be sore tomorrow!
The depiction of the Military Police private was an insult to the Pennsylvania-based military.
The principal couple's manners at the old stone house where they found shelter for the night was an insult to the average folk in Pennylvania. They could not even thank the old woman of the house for dinner and a night's rest!
The young woman cast as Mark Wahlburg's wife has beautiful blue eyes. There, I've said something nice.
Since I hope you will not be spending any money on this stinker, I'll go ahead and reveal the big secret of the movie. The plants are turning against people in the Northeast, releasing a chemical that make the humans commit suicide. That is why Wahlburg was talking to the plant in the corner of the room.
Gordon immediately suggested that we should never cut the grass again, ever. Nor trim any more shrubbery or trees. Better not plow the ground to plant a fall garden or plant clover in the orchard either because it means we have to kill the grass and weeds that have sprung up in the fallow rows.
HA! Nice try, Hubby!
It is hard for me to say, but The Happening was even worse than Cloverfield! I've superficially searched for some link between Happening's director M. Night Shyamalan and Cloverfield's director Matt Reeves.
Many, many moons ago, I happened to be in Park City, Utah, with friends at the same time as the Sundance Festival was going on. It was in the first years of the Sundance Festival, so there was not as much chaos over the event as there is now.
When I quickly learned that The Good Lord did not make me capable of skiing, I had a blast wandering around Park City, trying on fur coats, browsing book stores, people watching, etc.
It was quite an education to sit in a corner of a little restaurant and just watch and listen to the La La People who had come to town for the Sundance Festival.
Those movie folk whom I observed were from a different planet, and I just betcha Happening and Cloverfield were birthed in similar self-absorbed, self-important, irrational, and paranoid minds.