Web Exclusive: The Happening Preview

    “The Happening” is the latest suspenseful, spine-tingling
    thriller from one of the masters of the genre, the aptly named M. Night
    Shyamalan. Mark Wahlberg stars in this newest offering, which in the trailer
    teases the audience with Shyamalan’s trademark infatuation with substituting
    concrete plot details in favor of projecting an overall sense of vague
    eeriness. About all we can gather so far is that America is under attack from
    some sort of unstoppable apocalyptic force that is exterminating vast multitudes
    of people, generating ominous grimaces from all those involved, and ultimately
    defying human comprehension. All of this supernatural madness is somehow
    (unless it’s a red herring) connected with a widespread disappearance of bees
    around the country that precedes this mysterious assault. Wahlberg is
    prominently featured amidst all of the purposely incomprehensible plotting,
    earnestly preaching about the inability of mankind to understand the forces in
    the process of presumably annihilating the human race. While this film could
    easily take its place in the pantheon of the best suspense flicks of all time,
    it could just as easily be headed toward the bottom of the cinematic Dumpster.
    As with all Shyamalan films, the viewer will have to wait until opening night,
    which conveniently falls on Friday the 13th in June.

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