Saturday, June 14, 2008

Shyamalan's 'Happening' Lacks a Sense of Direction

He still sees dead people, only now they're the best thing in the movie.

M. Night Shyamalan gets great spurts of energy when he visualizes the dead, in this case victims of a plague of suicide sweeping the Northeast in his new film, "The Happening."

A perfectly pleasant if somewhat distracted young woman plunges a knitting needle into her neck.

Someone carefully places himself in front of a large power mower. (Ugh!)

Scores of construction workers leap eerily to their deaths (a shocking image made more powerful by Shyamalan's insistence on stuntmen rather than dummies so the bodies show spontaneity and plasticity on the way down).

And finally: An old lady smashes her head through a window to cut her own throat.More>>