Friday, June 13, 2008
Shawna's Summer Movies Review #1
M. Night Shyamalan's "The Happening".
3 words: Wait For Video.
Rated R for a reason (ex-cess-ive violence) the movie opens right up with death after death piling up (strangely, for all the death in this movie there's not much blood). Forget getting to know the characters (and my fave gal Zooey Deschanel practically slept walked through her role though Marky Mark gave it a good shot). Watch for Spencer Breslin in a small role towards the middle of the movie--he's the kid under all that curly curly hair.
The movie had so many people dying in so many horrific ways that you couldn't get past it to the mostly inarticulate storyline. The answer, when given at the end is so cheesy and so obviously political (don't want to give away anything) but Shyamalan isn't hesitant about stating his beliefs on this one. The cheese had audiences at my showing actually laughing at the end when it was obvious we were supposed to be shocked and awed and I am pretty sure we were expected to walk away being thoughtful and ponder our roles in life. The images were intensily graphic and, if you watch it, the bit with the tree seriously made me want to be sick....you'll know what part I am talking about when you get there. And did anyone else get a "lemmings diving into the sea" vibe during the opening sequence or was it just me?
Though it started off fairly strong it just couldn't keep the momentum going (and considering the movie is less than an hour-and-a-half that's not saying much). I would have to say I will not be getting this one when it comes out on video (who'd want to watch such pointless and graphic violence over and over anyway?).
I like Night's other work ("Signs" is just brilliant); its a shame that he really killed a chance to make a statement that would have stuck with people. I give it one out of four stars, and that's only because I agree with the politics of the picture, even if it was poorly done.