Monday, January 10, 2011

Movie Monday: An Act of Nature

Welcome to the second week of Movie Monday!

The Happening

There is widespread panic in the United State. Some unknown force of nature has released a toxin in the air, causing mayhem, delusions, and mass suicides. A group of people from Philadelphia board a train to escape the city, only to be cut off by the rest of the world in a small, rural town. They desperately try to run away from the toxins and hope for the end to come soon.

If I could describe this movie in one word, it would be... Meh. Out of all the movies released by M. Night Shyamalan, this one was the least exciting/ suspenseful. My first thoughts after seeing this was that it seemed like he was trying to make his own version of a survival/ post apocalyptic type film without using zombies. It was like he wanted to think outside the box but did a poor job executing it. Seeing a cast including Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel and John Leguizamo was a perk, but with a poor story it was saddening to see their roles only play out as mediocre, at best. Between Mark and his brother Donnie, who played Vincent in The Sixth Sense (you know, the one who shot Bruce Willis' character), Donnie triumphs in acting in an M. Night Shyamalan film. The only thing I really enjoyed in the movie was the brutal death scenes. From the girl stabbing herself in the neck with her hair chopstick to the lawn mower attack were awesome indeed!!!  Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

I would have had two movies this week, however my cable box decided to spazz out 1/2 hour into watching Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. Grrr... oh well. I have On Demand so I will be able to watch the rest of it :-)

1 comment:

  1. Haven't seen it, have no real desire to. Shyamalan hasn't had a decent movie since Unbreakable. He is far too predictable since he told everyone his process and refuses to do anything different. I do plan to see Devil though once its available on the Netflix.