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1,389 Ratings

The Happening

Directed by M. Night Shyamalan
United States, 2008
Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller


An unstoppable event threatens the world by attacking the most basic human instinct of all: survival. Elliot Moore is an ordinary man who is trying to save his family from the invisible killer, but as Elliot discovers more and more about what is happening, it becomes very clear that no one is safe.

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The Happening Directed by M. Night Shyamalan

Critics reviews

Wahlberg and Deschanel’s awkward performances prevented any chance of emotional engagement, leaving us with a strange, unconvincing apocalyptic drama with laughable dialogue.
January 16, 2017
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It’s not hard to make a case for the movie on form alone. Though his taste for somber lighting, Steadicam shots, and slow zooms skews New Hollywood—bolstered here by the ‘70s bona fides of cinematographer Tak Fujimoto, who shot Badlands and Melvin And Howard, among others—Shyamalan is more viewer-perspective classicist than aesthete. There’s always a clear reason for why something is in the frame or why it isn’t.
January 26, 2016
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