This is not Happening

Somewhere along the way to Philadelphia, around 7 years back,  M. Night Shyamalan was struck by a mysterious illness that erased any

Dude, Where's My Grass?
"Dude, Where's My Grass?"

resemblance to his former self and led to a suicidal pact with the Lady in the Water. The source of this illness is explained in the completely autobiographical ‘The Happening‘. The surprising part of the story is that he survived the illness, though suicidal, to tell his tale.

To cut a long story short The Happening is about turning docile vegetarians into meat eating monsters. The movie creates a paranoia around all things leafy, i.e. the leaves go about spreading some toxin that makes people kill themselves. Oooh I’m scared! Papas and mamas are gonna tell their kids to ‘eat their meat’ from now on. Politically correct pundits are gonna make Popeye pop in a can of minced meat rather than that green holocaust called spinach.

And what was Mark Wahlberg thinking when he signed on with Night? He must have smoked something green and slimy that really screwed up things up close. All in all a touch of green for everyone in this film and I am not talking about the cash registers. Zooey Deschanel looked beautiful as ever but seemed too wide eyed for this movie. Did Manoj make her do numerous screen test takes on grass (and I mean this literally) that pasted that look on her face.

Hey Mr Shyamalan you better call it a Night.


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