The Happening – A paranoid thriller about a family on the run from a natural crisis that presents a large-scale threat to humanity. A Manoj Night Shyamalan movie , released in India last week. The movie made some good expectations before its release. i.e. when compared to his previous movies this movie was given more hype and more marketing. After seeing this movie I couldn’t able to say that , this movie met its expectations.
A regular Manoj shyamalan movie with the so called thriller scenes (sound effects). The character selections were excellent. Among the family, Mark Wahelberg and the kid Ashlyn Sanchez impressed me a lot. I just love the kid for what ever she is. The expressions of Mark Wahelberg was excellent all over the movie. He did his job well. Director maintains the momentum…he makes us to guess what would be the next technic for killing ( pretty funny) . In very few places he succeeded in his technic of making peoples scared. In Most of the scenes we were aware of the sound effects , we expect a sudden rise in sound so no thrill maintained there.
Few scenes hurts our hearts also, when peoples kill themselves in a pathetic way. The Kid Ashyln’s acting was markable and she impressed every one. When the maths professor diverts a strangers concentration by asking answer for a puzzle, when mark wahelberg makes the kid laugh using a mood ring, when mark asks for one second of time to think , when mark comes out of the room to be with his wife and the Ashyln after he decided that they were jeopardized, for all these scenes the credit goes to director. Good job.
Here is my (re)view :-
“An act of nature, and we’ll never fully understand it.” – director escapes by giving this as the reason and the logic for the movie. No thrill maintained , story telling was not that much impressive. Movie just seems like a sequel of “I am Legend” movie. The concept were same for both the movies. Only difference is “I am Legend” is a heroism movie and “the Happening” is just a movie based on the theme. No heroic activities.
I think manoj should have watched some Vadivelu movies ( a tamil comedian) for getting the different techniques of killing oneself. If he would have shown some more technique , then really it would have become a comedy movie. I wish manoj can try some different techniques of story telling in his next movies.Its good that he maintained some momentum in the movie…else we could have seen some peoples killing themselves when coming out of this movie.
The Happening – some thing happened , but no one bothered.