This movie is kind of a puzzle to talk about. Parts of it are fucking great and some it are fucking stupid. I mean… the trees are mad at us so they are making us kill ourselves???? PUH-LEASE. Marky Mark outruns THE WIND??? Come on!!! Marky Mark is talking to A TREE???? What The Fuck? Then there’s the really good stuff… that opening scene in New York in Central Park and then those people jumping off the building??? FANTASTIC!! That deal with the policeman’s gun?? Wonderful!! The tiger’s den?? Amazing!! The lawnmower?? GREAT!! Don’t go thinking I have anything against Marky Mark, because I don’t – I actually really like his stuff most of the time but I think that every scene with him in it is what ruined this for me. Please don’t come kick my ass Wahlberg. It’s not you it’s just those scenes aren’t, well, they don’t fit, to me. I think if we could have taken all of the death scenes and made a short film this would have been all aces, kid. All aces!
So, yep – the plantlife is mad at us for all of the abuse we give the Earth so they band together and make us kill ourselves in gruesome ways. Top Hats off to the effects team!! The kills in this are pretty awesome. On the side, Marky Mark is married to Zooey Deschanel but they’re gonna bust up because he doesn’t give her enough protection. Lucky for them the event is Happening so they get back to their loving roots by the end of the movie. AWWWWW.
You know, that’s really about all there is to this. People commit mass suicides, John Leguizamo bothers me, Marky Mark talks about honeybees, some kids get shot, a guy runs himself over with a lawnmower… you know – the usual stuff. With the exception of The Last Airbender, I will say that always enjoy how M. Knight makes his movies and sets up his shots and isn’t afraid of extreme close-ups and this didn’t disappoint but some of this was just dumb. Why did the guy go on and on about hot dogs? Why was that old woman so mean? Was that the guy from Clerks driving that Jeep? I also appreciate the Shyamalan is trying to develop his own way of dialogue delivery, like Mamet has, but it just didn’t work for me in this one. The Village, yes, this one, no. I’ve now seen this three times and that’s enough. Peace out The Happening.