This book contains a checklist of 2110 dark films sorted in order of preference. The ranking is established by the sum of 8 ratings: stars, gimmick, rewatchability, story, creativity, acting, quality and creepiness. How many have you seen?
The joke you’ll hear from everyone’s mouth about the Happening is that nothing actually happens. Laugh all you want, this is partially true. The antagonist is indiscernible, the suspense nearly inexistent and Mark Wahlberg completely embarrassed that this unique concept didn’t turn out so well. To be fair, something big IS happening, but it doesn’t translate well to screen. It belongs in a novel.
The Happening, in a nutshell, is about a disease that makes you kill yourself. For most of the running time, and possibly the whole film, the characters have no clue what is causing the carnage. This is pretty much a glorified zombie film. It is M. Night Shyamalan’s contribution to environmentalism. The best scientific explanation we get is that nature is pissed off at us, humans.
This is a love or hate thing, but you have to acknowledge the project’s creativity. The antagonist is completely unknown, intangible, yet extremely potent. Its presence weighs on our shoulders for most of the second half, as our heroes try to survive the apocalypse the best they can. This is not Shyamalan’s best movie, but he tried hard and did his best.