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The Happening (2008)

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A science teacher, his wife, and a young girl struggle to survive a plague that causes those infected to commit suicide.

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Elliot Moore is a high school science teacher who quizzes his class one day about an article in the New York Times. It's about the sudden, mysterious disappearance of bees. Yet again Nature is doing something inexplicable, and whatever science has to say about it will be, in the end, only a theory. Scientists will bring out more theories, but no explanations, when a more urgent dilemma hits the planet. It begins in Central Park. Suddenly and inexplicably, the behavior of everyone in the park changes in a most bizarre and horrible way. Soon, the strange behavior spreads throughout the city and beyond. Elliot, his wife, Alma, and Jess, the young daughter of a friend, will only have theories to guide them where to run and where to hide. But theories may not be enough. Written by J. Spurlin

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We've Sensed It. We've Seen The Signs. Now... It's Happening.

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Sci-Fi | Thriller

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Rated R for violent and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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13 June 2008 (USA)  »

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Green Planet  »

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$48,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,632,055 (UK) (13 June 2008)

Gross:

$64,505,912 (USA) (12 September 2008)
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Trivia

Mark Wahlberg admitted regretting working on The Happening (2008), but he said, "You can't blame me for wanting to try to play a science teacher. At least I wasn't playing a cop or a crook." See more »

Goofs

After dinner, Ms. Jones tells the group that the guest room is up the stairs and to the left. Given the position of the stairs to the room when Elliot talks to Ms. Jones from the top of the stairs, the room was to the right. See more »

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[first lines]
Woman Reading on Bench with Hair Pin: I forgot where I am.
Woman Reading on Bench: You're at the place where the killers meet to decide what to do with the crippled girl.
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Moving clouds form the backdrop for the opening and closing credits. On the end credits, they've become stormclouds with lightning. On the end credits, M. Night Shyamalan's name vanishes. See more »

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Featured in Bad Movie Beatdown: The Happening (2011) See more »

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Black Water
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The Movie happens to be really refreshing...
13 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Whenever an M. Night movie comes out I find humor in the myriad of slamming reviews always available. While everyone certainly has the right to an opinion, I wonder sometimes if the army of movie-goers and critics get so numb by the freeze-dried processed Hollywood productions; full of unrealistically perfect characters and plots, that when a movie with some heart comes along people don't know what to do with themselves.

If you based your opinion off of the reviews of these critics you would write this movie off and shelve it with an old VHS copy of "Ape-women from mars". Seriously people?. I don't think people actually get M. Night. I have read reviews slamming the screenplay and acting. NEWFLASH: M. Night makes his characters flawed and awkward sometimes because it creates a sense of realism. Some people are slamming the plot. NEWSFLASH: If you still think this movie is about global warming you shouldn't be writing reviews. I think some people didn't actually get the parable this beautiful movie weaves. Its a powerful message and I loved it.

To be fair, M. Night demands that you watch his movies in a certain way. He does not spoon feed you. He tells stories differently than the usual. But if you can learn to watch his movies the way he wants you to, you will find yourself awestruck at the beautiful simplicity of what M. Night does.

See this movie, and then when you are done buy another ticket go see it again. You will be better for it. 5 stars!


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