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The Happening [Jul. 28th, 2009|09:53 pm]
The Love Bug
Just started watching The Happening, the latest film by the highly-talented M Night Shyamalan.

Unfortunately, this film is yet another in the continuing trend of films that are trying to blur the line between fantasy and reality, to the point of making me feel physically sick at one point. I’m not going to explain what I saw to make me feel this way... even thinking about it makes me feel ill.

But I tell you this, if films keep going this way, then I think the film studios are going to have problems going forwards. If they affect me - and I think I’m quite strong stomached - who knows what they’ll do to others... particularly those who stumble across films like this by accident.

Now, I still maintain that Shyamalan is a first-rate writer and director, his earlier films are testament to this... but, oh I dunno.

We’re watching something else now :o)
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[User Picture]From: hannah_honey
2009-07-28 08:57 pm (UTC)
I watched that the other week - you've got me all interested in what put you off it now.

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[User Picture]From: thelovebug
2009-07-28 09:01 pm (UTC)
The gun sequence... starting with the police officer.

Specifically the police officer.
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[User Picture]From: hannah_honey
2009-07-28 09:08 pm (UTC)
You were wise to switch it off at that point then. I know his films don't tend to show all the gory details, but sometimes that's worse as you can't blame it on plasticine and cornflour.

To be honest I had to look away in a couple of parts following that particular scene.

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[User Picture]From: thelovebug
2009-07-28 09:21 pm (UTC)
For me, the epitome of all Shyamalan's movies is Unbreakable.

I was kinda basing my expectations of The Happening with that.

Just proves that Shyamalan ain't a one-trick pony!
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[User Picture]From: stainsteelrat
2009-07-28 10:04 pm (UTC)
More like two-trick! ;-)
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[User Picture]From: stainsteelrat
2009-07-28 10:04 pm (UTC)
I reckon The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable were his only decent films, and some folks reckon only The Sixth Sense was decent. I found The Village watchable, but the rest are hokey at best and downright awful at worst. Also, I don't know what he does to the actors he directs in his latest efforts, but it's terrible! The Happening was a classic example, with some terribly directed performances. Not sure where it all went wrong for Shamalamadingdong.
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[User Picture]From: thelovebug
2009-07-29 05:04 am (UTC)
I dunno, I quite liked The Village... even moreso when I sussed the twist. Signs was pretty good too.
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