• The Happening (2008)

The Happening

Release Date: June 13th, 2008

DVD Release Date: October 7th, 2008

R |1 hr 29 min

Plot Summary

An apocalyptic threat to humanity arrives out of the clear blue sky with a series of violent, inexplicable deaths spreading across the country. The cause of the terrifying phenomenon remains unknown, prompting science teacher Elliot Moore (Mark Wahlberg), his wife Alma (Zooey Deschanel) and his colleague Julian (John Leguizamo) to try to elude the invisible killer in Pennsylvania's farmland. Soon it becomes clear that no one is safe.

Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel, John Leguizamo, Betty Buckley, Ashlyn Sanchez, Spencer Breslin, Robert Bailey Jr., Frank Collison

Director: M. Night Shyamalan

Genres: Science fiction , Thriller

Production Co: Blinding Edge Pictures

Distributors: 20th Century Fox

Keywords: School, Transformation, Suspenseful, Dark, Wife, Survival, Car, 2000s, Mystery, Police officer

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    The movie seems more like a '50s science fiction film of extreme paranoia or an episode of "The Twilight Zone" that even at a swiftly paced 90 minutes feels padded. show more

  • 10
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    The Happening makes you wonder whether Mr. Shyamalan's own switch may have been flipped. How else to explain his film's befuddling infelicities, insistent banalities, shambling pace and pervasive ineptitude? show more

  • 50
    Bob MondelloNPR

    If what audiences are looking for is a thrill ride, or even a pervasive eeriness, The Happening's just not happening. show more

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