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The Happening


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  • Format: NTSC
  • Studio: Fox Video
  • Release Date: Oct. 7 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001E7LY1W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #45,195 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Richard Daystrom on Aug. 6 2009
Format: Blu-ray
The Happening [Blu-ray]
The Happening is a suspenseful, spooky movie with occasional gruesome violence, unusual to date in a Shyamalan film. This 2008 movie is a thought-provoking thriller that provides hints, but no real answers to the apocalyptic crisis. The audience is left to sort through the possible causes of the cataclysmic Happening, as well as to decide what it was that ended the crisis as quickly as it began.

Was there an environmental catastrophe? Was there some earthly ecological consciousness that arose to fight off the harmful human presence that is destroying the planet? Was it a malevolent supernatural force that moved in the air, possessing and killing victims in its wake?

What stopped or slowed the phenomenon? Did it peter out as a storm dissipates? If it was some satanic force, did it just move on to another place (Paris) to possess its next victims? If the catastrophe was caused by an intelligence, ecological or supernatural, did it recognize the power of love, which halted it in its tracks?

The story focuses on the troubled relationship of a couple (Wahlberg, Deschanel) fleeing their urban life in search of anywhere safer. Both characters were played simply, pared down, but endearing and demonstrating a vulnerability and truthfulness.

I was reminded of the Biblical story of Lot and his wife, and their flight from the doomed twin cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. Despite the couples' efforts in both stories, they failed to save the population (or fellow refugees) after repeated attempts.

I didn't find clear answers in the film, but enjoyed debating the issues afterwards.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Thurston-brown on Sept. 23 2013
Format: DVD
The premise & opening of this film were very very promising, however this film did not deliver. I believe this is down to the filmmakers concern, as they often make mention of in the extras, that they were trying to keep certification down to an R. The premise of the story totally deserved an 18 & over film. That said there are some truly nice weird scenes early on, it's just a shame that they didn't keep the pressure up. It simply doesn't deliver. So so so much could have been done with this idea, it really deserves a better remake to tell the story properly.

However this is not the only fault. Zoey Deschanel is not at all believable. Mark Wahlberg, however, on the whole is good. Apart from the totally diabolically unbelievable "acting" in the 'Porch' scene. What the heck was that all about? Dire.

So...Excellent story idea poorly orchestrated. It's OK for entertainment but little more.
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By andre fillion on April 4 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
j'ai recu le produit en quelques jours et j'en suis satisfait le film etait en excellent etat tout etait ok
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jenny J.J.I. TOP 500 REVIEWER on Sept. 27 2008
Format: DVD
The movie's concept is certainly an unsettling one and the opening of the movie is quite a push. An unseen force is causing people to suddenly become disorientated, lose the ability to speak and then commit suicide in creatively gruesome ways that richly deserve the first R rating Shyamalan has garnered. The fact that it first happens in New York City causes people to think initially that it is a terrorist attack. As the invisible "plague" spreads through other cities in the Northeast, that possibility becomes less likely.

But of course there's an intimate story, one that revolves around high school science teacher, Elliot Moore (Mark Wahlberg) who has a nutty problem worrying that his wife, Alma (Zooey Deschanel), is having an affair when all she did was enjoy a tiramisu one day with a guy named Joey, who keeps calling her. (Joey's voice is played by the writer-director.) Elliot's friend Julian (John Leguizamo), with an eight-year-old daughter in tow, Jess (Ashlyn Sanchez), has the real problem, as his wife is not with him during the epidemic. He leaves his girl with the Moores to search for her. As the Moores and Jess bolt from Philadelphia by train, they become stuck in the small town of Filbert, as railroad communications have broken down, whereupon they seek help from one of the nuts, Mrs. Jones (Betty Buckley).

The film's problems are that given the blandness of the leading two Moores, the dialogue is bereft of wit. Nor can the formerly remarkable Zooey Deschanel save the pic, an actress who is still playing loopy roles as she did in Miguel Arteta's "The Good Girl" but who has lost her former cuteness with advancing years.

I have no final thoughts to send this commentary out on.
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Format: DVD
i really don't understand all the negative reviews and criticisms of
this film.i thought it was very well done.it's very intense and
suspenseful,and and very creepy.it builds up suspense from opening
scene,and doesn't really let up.i thought the story was creative,and
the reason for the events could be possible,even though it seems far
fetched.i did however,think the characters were nothing more than plot
devices,and almost caricatures.none of theme were really developed,and
there isn't really much in the way of acting going on.but despite
that,i liked the film,mainly because of the high suspense factor,which
i feel overrides the negative aspects of the film.for me,The Happening
is a 3/5
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