Thriller - While it's being sold as a suspense film, this is a fairly slow,
talky drama more than anything else. Fans of John Leguizamo may be
disappointed by his limited screen time. There are a couple of
moments of bloody violence.
OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 163 moviegoers:Overall, this movie received some very mixed reviews.
TEENS:About half the males and females enjoyed it very much. Quite a few more rated it as good/average, which is decent. Unfortunately, quite a few were mildly to very disappointed.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:Only about half the males and a third of the females truly enjoyed "The Happening." About half of the remaining reviews, both male and female, were good/average, which is OK but not great. This leaves quite a few low to very low reviews. Overall, these are not very good reviews. It's worth a rental later or, at most, a matinee at theaters.
ADULTS:Pretty poor reviews from both males and females. Only a small percentage of the males loved it. Most rated it above average to average with many rating it low to very low. The female reviews are only slightly better. A few more of the ladies loved it but their other reviews are very disappointing. Not Recommended (unless it's a lower priced matinee since your probability of truly enjoying it is fairly low).
It begins with no clear warning. It seems to come out of nowhere. In a matter of
minutes, episodes of strange, chilling deaths that defy reason and boggle the mind in their
shocking destructiveness, erupt in major American cities. What is causing this sudden, total
breakdown of human behavior? Is it some kind of new terrorist attack, an experiment gone
wrong, a diabolical toxic weapon, an out-of-control virus? Is it being transmitted by air, by
water . . . how?
For Philadelphia high school science teacher Elliot Moore (MARK WAHLBERG) what matters most is finding a way to escape the mysterious
and deadly phenomenon. Though he and his wife Alma (ZOOEY DESCHANEL) are in the
midst of a marital crisis, they hit the road, first by train, then by car, with Elliot's math
teacher friend Julian (JOHN LEGUIZAMO) and his 8 year-old
daughter Jess (ASHLYN SANCHEZ), heading for the Pennsylvania farmlands where they
hope they'll be out of reach of the grisly, ever-growing attacks. Yet it soon becomes clear
that no one – and nowhere – is safe. This terrifying, invisible killer cannot be outrun. It is
only when Elliot begins to discover the true nature of what is lurking out there – and just
what has unleashed this force that threatens the future of humanity -- that he discovers a
sliver of hope that his fragile family might be able to escape what is happening.