Elliot Moore teaches science at a high school when one day all teachers are gathered together and told that in New York something awful has happened: people all over the city have started killing themselves and as the government thinks it must be some kind of terrorist attack with an airborne virus or something, everyone has to go home.
Moore decides to go on a trip together with his wife Alma, his friend Julian and Julian’s daughter Jess. On the train, they start hearing disturbing messages that the phenomenon is spreading and that other cities seem to be under attack as well and when the train finally stops in some small town because all communications have lost with the rest of the country, it becomes clear that it isn’t just a terrorist attack that’s happening. Julian decides to leave Jess with Elliot and Alma as he wants to find his wife back and so the three find themselves in the middle of nowhere, looking for a way to escape certain death by an unknown toxic.
Sound and Vision:
Image & sound are quite good. We didn’t spot any compression errors that were too obnoxious and the level of detail was pretty decent. The soundtrack does a nice job supporting the atmosphere and is nicely positioned to put the viewer right into the action.
– Deleted Scenes
– Making Of
– A Day with Night
– Parts of a Scene
M. Night Shyamalan has had some problems the last years and it looked like he wasn’t able to create a decent movie anymore. With The Happening he still isn’t back to his old level (Sixth Sense, Unbreakable) but we can say that he’s back on the right path. The storyline is a bit predictable and simplistic but the far fetched plot twists are nowhere to be found which is a good thing. It looks like this time Shyamalan has chosen for a very straight forward story with few unknown factors and relied on the interaction between characters which results in a reasonably entertaining movie that won’t stand out of the crowd but does manage to keep you interested. We’ve seen better movies from the man, but at least it isn’t crap like his previous work.