Monday, June 16, 2008

Review: The Happening

We've Sensed It. We've Seen The Signs. Now... It's Happening.

Yes, another new movie from M.Night Shyamalan. The man behind 6th Sense, Unbreakable, & Lady in the water. I have fond memories of those movies. Of how the intrigue play itself and how everything ties up neatly in the end.

The Happening though is not happening at all. The story has loose ends here and there and the excitement fizzles out in the end. This is not Shyamalan's style at all. There is no good story here. The characters are there but their essence is not. With a slow story that plays out, no explanation of what so ever to the epidemic that hit the world and utterly decimate the population.

Trying to throw in a mix of scary screenplay, Shyamalan resorted to throw in cheap thrill of how the people die. Sudden loud bang and the show of corpse, the whole movie feels... cheap...
My movie meter(my gf) rated the movie somewhere around the level of ok-ok lar. She fidgeted through the whole movie and shifted her hand here and there. Comparatively, in The Incredible Hulk, she sat still and watch the whole movie with no movement at all.

Truthfully, The Happening is just not happening for M.Night Shyamalan. The magic that was in 6th Sense & Unbreakable is no longer there at all.

-Because I Can-

Review: Big Green And Mean. The Incredible Hulk

Green, Big and Mean, totally smashing aside Ang Lee's version of Hulk. No more comic version of flipping through scene and slashing here and there. No more lame looking hulk jumping from one truck to another. The NEW Hulk comes with an attitude and a story to boot.

The Incredible Hulk starts off with a brand new story line, utterly shoving aside the old Hulk storyline and making way for a new one. All this story are told with brief flash back of what happened, why is he on the run and the desperate search by the US army for him, even going as far as throwing in some Stark and Nick Fury technology into the mix.

In this new storyline, it seems that Marvel Studio, the new man in the house is preparing us for a totally new movie in the future. Throwing SHIELD, Nick Fury, Stark Industry & Iron Man into the mix. Its a huge alarm sign saying. Avengers is coming!

And since Iron Man where Marvel Studio started filming their own Marvel movies, their movies are at last heading towards the right direction. With good storyline, not so comic look and lots of promising future, I can't wait to see Spider Man going back to Marvel studio as comparatively speaking, Ironman & hulk can kick spiderman's ass to hell and back.

Anyway, back to the green man in tights. The fights in the movie is fast and furious and dark as hell. The man behind the green man has a story to tell, his survival, his attempt to gain back his identity and how far he went to avoid harm for others and for himself. Be prepared to see a story never told before. A story that does not put Hulk in the center light but put Bruce Banner in the hot seat.

Welcome to the world of The Incredible Hulk.

Favorite Quote of the Movie:

Abomination: Any Last word?
Hulk: Hulk... SMASH!!

-Because I Can-