Why does M. Night Shyamalan hate me? Why does he hate himself?
I am going to spoil “The Happening” because if you plan on seeing it, you will thank me later. It’s about plants ganging up to send humans a message by emitting a toxin in the wind that somehow makes us want to suddenly stop walking and kill ourselves. If you’re ever in a park and everyone stops walking, but one person is walking backwards, run away!
There’s this part where a guy tries to kill himself by provoking a den of lions. It’s really unintentionally hilarious. Then, later, this guy starts a riding lawn mower and lies down in front of it. That’s not as funny, but the CGI blood effect is remarkable. I don’t think the plants like us because we haven’t learned to get along after all this time, it’s never made very clear, but by the end of the movie, you realize the plants also hate the French, which comes as a bit of a relief.
There, I just saved you guys about eight to ten dollars.
The point of this post is to start an award for people whose careers are plummeting fast. M. Night, of course, is this year’s winner, having won it a few years earlier for “Lady in Water.” He narrowly beat out the Wachowski brothers whose “Speed Racer” cost millions and made very little.
Who else out there has squandered a career after a promising beginning?