The Happening (2008) Review

A struggle to survive as a plague causes people who have been infected to commit suicide.


I did not go to see this film at the cinema when it came out last year, which was probably a good thing. I did hear quite a bit about this film whilst it was on release but not really many positive reviews or views on the film. But despite all of that or more so to see if it lived up to the bad reviews it received. In that respect, the reviews were right as this really was not a very good, but I suppose the best word to describe this film as to be pointless. I could not help but to compare it to “The Invasion”, as that was pretty pointless as well with a very sudden ending.

I could not figure out at times if some of the lines and dialogue were supposed to be funny or not. I have to admit that when he was talking to the plant, then realising that it was plastic and still talking to it was very amusing. Just for the whole randomness of that moment.

I have become quite a fan of Mark Wahlberg over the years, in that he has surprised me many times doing different types of roles, so thought that he could not be that bad in this film but he really was not anywhere near his best. Which was quite disappointing.

I honestly still think I missed something towards the end of the film, as I really did not get the ending and was a bit confused for a little while  to be completely honest. As it just suddenly kind of changed the direction it was going in and just ended after all of the running around and everything. Some of the deaths were rather dramatic and random as well. But I guess I just had bad ideas about this film before watching it, but I really did try and give it a chance to hopefully not be that bad.

Zooey Deschanel was rather annoying as well without really having to do anything in particular. But the expressions on her face really were not the best. Yes this is starting to sound picky, but I am sure if you have seen this film you will then know what I am talking about, maybe someone will even back me up?

But yes maybe I should have listened to the advice and actually gave this film a miss? But then I would not have had an opinion on it.

2 thoughts on “The Happening (2008) Review

  1. When I reviewed this one, a guy actually left a comment trying to organize some sort of boycott. He felt so ripped off by this movie that he started a blog called “The NOT Happening”

    I didn’t hate this movie, but I certainly didn’t love it either.


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