M. Night Shyamalan started his career in Hollywood strongly with the double punch of The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable.? He followed that up with a large dose of hubris and the pedestrian Signs, then the misfire of The Village and the trainwreck of Lady in the Water.?
It’s been a slow and steady descent into irrelevance and mediocrity for a guy who seemed destined to become one of Hollywood’s legendary filmmakers.? Though he may have been derailed by his own ego, there is no denying that M. Night has a visual pallette and sense of creative storytelling that few in the business seem to possess.
Let’s hope he flies under the radar and rebounds with his next flick, The Happening.? It has a strong cast and the premise sounds pretty intriguing.
The movie stars Mark Wahlberg as a man who takes his family on the run, in an attempt to survive a natural global environmental crisis that presents a large-scale threat to humanity. Mother Nature is sick of our polluting ways and has decided that we must go. An invisible neurotoxin is admitted into the air which causes people to become suicidal. John Leguizamo and Zooey Deschanel also star.
This will be his first R-rated movie and Mark Wahlberg seems to always make interesting and very good career choices.? The writer/director has something to prove this time around.? Not sure if Hollywood plays by the same conventions as the sports world, but when someone with talent has something to prove, well you usually end up with Randy Moss torching every team he plays as a member of the Patriots.
The taglin on the poster is pretty lame, but that’s the marketing team’s fault.? “WE’VE SENSED IT. . . WE’VE FELT THE SIGNS . . . NOW IT’S HAPPENING”
Take the jump to see the poster courtesy of Coming Soon.
The Happening hits theaters on June 13.