The Happening (US-India, 2008)

The end of the world as we know it?

Like Cloverfield (two posts ago) The Happening is an obvious disquisition on the west’s ‘war on terror’ intermingled with the ongoing climatic disaster. The opening half is terrific, a mixture of stunning imagery (the builders falling off buildings) and portentous threat. However, it’s difficult to deliver on such a set up as this – maybe aliens would have worked (but they didn’t in Signs).

The film’s also further evidence that the emerging economy of India is going to compete with Hollywood on its own ground. However, this looks like – is – a Hollywood movie, so whether we’ll see any difference from the patriarchal-liberal consensus that ‘infects’ most US movies is debatable.

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