In 2000 M Night Shyamalan followed up the hugely popular ‘The Sixth Sense’ with a very subtle Superhero film called ‘Unbreakable’. I absolutely loved this film , in fact it would probably be in my top 20 of all time. He followed this with hit films, ‘Signs’ and ‘The Village’ Everything looked rosy for Manoj then ‘The Lady In The Water’ came out a modern fairytale about a nymph entering our world. It was a critical and finacial flop, it wasn’t his best film and there were calls of ego as he made himself a big character in the film. So now a few years later we waited to see if he can get back the success. Well unfortunately not!

   In Central Park, New York, something weird ‘happens’ as everyone suddenly stop dead in their tracks then start killing themselves, on a building site on the outskirts of the park, the workers start throwing themselves off the roof of the building. The media immediately start to suspect terrorist strikes. In a Philadelphia school, Science teacher Elliott Moore (Mark Wahlberg) is talking to his class about missing bee’s when he is called out and the head teacher explains to them about what is happening in New York. The school is dismissed Elliott, his wife, Alma (Zooey Deschanel) and friend Julian, (John Leguizamo) and his daughter decide to runaway to the countryside to avoid the expanding disaster. Soon the terrorist threat seems to be wrong but what is it thats making people kill themselves and will the stars make it out alive?

  I don’t know what Night was trying to do with this film but what he has done is make a very underwhelming movie that doesn’t really seem to know where it is going. There are a few scaryish moments but nothing on the level of his previous films. The writing something thats always been pretty good, is almost amateurish, and is a real problem along wth the story itself. There never feels like there’s a real menace. Mark Wahlberg who has proved what a good actor he is in many films recently seems really lost with what his character is supposed to be doing. He seems like he is talking to children all the time even when talking to adults. Zooey Deschanel, who I quite fancy, and loved in Almost Famous, spends the whole film looking like she is on some sort of drug staring off into the distance wth her beautiful eyes (sorry I’ll stop the fawning over her!) In ‘Signs’, M Night played the world in peril story really well showing a huge event from a small perspective, and there are moments in this almost as good especially where people get the videos on their phones of incidents. Overall it just doesn’t seem to work at all, famous film Critic Mark Kermoude also made a really good observation in his reveiw which when you see the film, brings it all down, “What is making the wind blow?”  As a fan of Shyamalan’s I’m hoping he can come back from this and make another great film, personally I would like to see the second of the planned ‘Unbreakable’ trilogy, here’s hoping. The ‘Happening’ really wasn’t happening for me. Rating 5/10

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