Thursday, June 19, 2008

On "The Happening"

From The Dispatch:
With the help of a script doctor (or maybe a different screenwriter), he may be able to pull himself out of this hole he's been digging ever since "The Village," and make a movie worth watching. But just as Wahlberg's teacher talks to everyone like they're stupid, so too does the film, climaxing with an all-too-late attempt at humanity that is just as ridiculous and forced as the rest of it. It's distant, aloof and painfully self-aggrandizing, clearly overconfident in its ability to scare the audience, when the reality is quite the opposite. The only thing scary about "The Happening" is just how far Shyamalan has fallen from the standard he set nine years ago with "The Sixth Sense."
Click here to read my full review.

1 comment:

Daniel G. said...

The only thing scary about "The Happening" is just how far Shyamalan has fallen from the standard he set nine years ago with "The Sixth Sense."

Haha, seriously. I must say, though, Matthew, that you may not have been that surprised had you seen Lady in the Water. This is on par with it, believe it or not.