THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

With my last film, I passed last year's total. Trying to get to #200 for 2016. Will I do it? Just 20 days left!! So let's play catch-up. #170 is 2008's The Happening. I just tried to watch it again to see if this half-silly M. Night Shyamalan "thriller" would become a bit better over time and knowing where the film was going. Nope. Mark Wahlberg is a Philly high school science teacher who hears of a mysterious attack on NYC. People leave the big city, fearing it coul...d be them next but they get stuck in rural Pennsylvania when the train they are on shuts down. That's because they can't reach the train dispatchers on either end. The attack causes people to commit suicide. If you haven't seen the movie, I won't tell you what the source of this plague happens to be but The Happening goes from a solid and suspenseful opening 40 minutes to a ludicrous rest of the movie, with Wahlberg forced to deliver some of the most idiotic dialogue ever heard in a dramatic film. Zooey Deschanel seems miscast here as his wife. This may be worse than his regrettable Lady in the Water because of the excellent first 40 minutes here.

TLA one-word review: meager

THE HAPPENING (2008)