The Happening Blu-ray Review – A 2008 Classic Or Missed Opportunity?

Did you ever get around to watching M. Night Shyamalan strange thriller The Happening from 2008? Well I’d never seen it but was it worth the wait? Let’s find out here’s The Happening blu-ray review.

the happening blu-ray review
Picture: 20th Century Fox
  • The Happening (2008) – Extended Edition
  • Genre: Sci-fi, Thriller
  • Directed by M. Night Shyamalan
  • UK Rating 15
  • Discs: 1
  • Released By 20th Century Fox
  • Blu-ray Released: 3rd November 2008


Out of nowhere people in New York City’s Central Park begin to kill themselves. This soon starts spreading leading a mass panic with people fleeing the city. One such group is that of school teacher Elliot Moore (Mark Wahlberg) and his wife Alma (Zooey Deschanel). They hop on board a train thinking their troubles are over. However when the train comes to a stop their find themselves stranded in a small town. Worse still the news reports have the strange phenomena coming their way.

Style / Direction

The Happening is a film directed by M. Night Shyamalan with Tak Fujimoto handling the cinematography.

the happening blu-ray review
Picture: 20th Century Fox

Music / Audio Effects

James Newton Howard provides the film’s score.

Acting / Characters

the happening blu-ray review
Picture: 20th Century Fox

The acting is decent without there being any real standout performances. Mark Wahlberg does ok as teacher Elliot Moore for the most part. There is however one bizarre scene that see’s his character stops talking almost as if there’s a missing page of dialogue. It’s a scene in which he and his wife find a woman unaffected by the strange phenomena. Anyway they are in her house eating at the table where he suddenly goes silent for no real reason. He’s supposed to be the one leading the rest of the survivors. Odd!

Meanwhile Zooey Deschanel plays as Alma, Elliot Moore’s wife. She seems to struggle showing her true emotions. She plays the part pretty well.


  • Mark Wahlberg as Elliot Moore
  • Zooey Deschanel as Alma Moore
  • John Leguizamo as Julian
  • Betty Buckley as Mrs. Jones
  • Ashlyn Sanchez as Jess
  • Frank Collison as the owner of a nursery
  • Victoria Clark as the owner of a nursery
  • Jeremy Strong as Private Auster
  • Brian O’Halloran as Jeep driver
  • Alan Ruck as Principal
  • Joel de la Fuente as Realtor
  • Spencer Breslin as Josh
  • Robert Bailey, Jr. as Jared
  • Charlie Saxton as Dyla

Conclusion: The Happening (2008) Film Review

I quite like these kind of sci-fi films however whilst I like the idea I don’t quite think M. Night Shyamalan manages to make the most out of the concept. In the end it ends up being an interesting but average kind of movie.

the happening blu-ray review
Picture: 20th Century Fox

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Conclusion: The Happening Blu-ray Review

The picture quality is excellent and there’s some more good news as this blu-ray release comes with a couple of scenes cut from the theatrical release added back. I’m guessing they are a couple of the suicides such as a man that kills himself with lawnmower!


  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel
  • Train Shooting
  • The Hard Cut
  • Forces Unseen
  • I Hear You Whispering
  • A Day for Night
  • Elements of a Scene

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The Happening Blu-ray Review

Popcorn Cinema Rating: The Happening (2008)



The Happening (2008) Film Trailer

For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…

Clip may NOT be representative of the Blu-ray version

That concludes my The Happening Blu-ray review, I’m aiming to review more sci-fi thrillers soon. What’s next? Check back soon…

What Do You Think?
Summary: The Happening (2008) Blu-ray Review (Extended Edition)
The Happening Blu-ray Review

Movie title: The Happening (2008)

Movie description: Out of nowhere people in New York City's Central Park begin to kill themselves.

Duration: 86 mins

Director(s): M. Night Shyamalan

Actor(s): Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel

Genre: Sci-fi, Thriller

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