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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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M. Night Shyamalan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Wahlberg ... Elliot Moore
Zooey Deschanel ... Alma Moore
John Leguizamo ... Julian
Ashlyn Sanchez ... Jess
Betty Buckley ... Mrs. Jones
Spencer Breslin ... Josh
Robert Bailey Jr. ... Jared
Frank Collison ... Nursery Owner
Jeremy Strong ... Private Auster
Alan Ruck ... Principal
Victoria Clark ... Nursery Owner's Wife
M. Night Shyamalan ... Joey (voice)
Alison Folland ... Woman Reading on Bench with Hair Pin
Kristen Connolly ... Woman Reading on Bench
Cornell Womack ... Construction Foreman
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

USA | India

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

13 June 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Green Planet See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$48,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,517,109, 15 June 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$64,506,874, 18 September 2008

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$163,403,799
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SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The word "happen" and variations of it are said 25 times throughout the movie. See more »

Goofs

(at around 13 mins) When the news reporter is explaining the concept of a "preservation switch", the on-screen caption states that she is outside the CDC headquarters. The building in the background is actually the United Nations. See more »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

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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Black Water
(1974)
Written by Patrick Simmons
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The Not Much Happening
14 June 2008 | by simonjaukSee all my reviews

What can I say. This movie sucked. Not even Mark Wahlberg, whom I rate as a great actor, could save this turkey.

I don't intend to include any spoilers, unless you include the fact that nothing of any note goes on in this picture. Equally the script seems to be written from the perspective of a naive 10 year old for a U-rated audience. The details concerning the relationship friction between the central characters seem so childlike as to be pointless.

Zooey Deschanel, who I enjoyed in Failure to Launch, seems completely miscast or just terrible. Her principle role seems to be to appear as a giant doe-eyed girl stumbling from scene to scene as though awakening from a drug-induced coma.

Shyamalan made a great first movie and I also enjoyed Unbreakable. Other than that he's been sliding into an abyss of drivel and somebody needs to stop funding his crap so I can stop kidding myself into sitting through it with the idea that surely this time it'll be worth it.


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