Instapundit links to a couple of The New Republic takedowns of the new M. Night Someguyan movie The Happening, saving me a couple bucks on seeing a film that ultimately would have cheesed me off. Go head, click here and here, read the spoilers, and know why I’d have been peeved.

However, in the biggest meta-twist of any career (and I’ll guess that Shyamalan’s career is officially over now), the finally movie suggests that the protagonists of his earlier films were actually the bad guys. That’s right: The Sixth Sense‘s burglar, Unbreakable‘s Mr. Glass, Sign‘s aliens, and that mermaid film’s anti-mermaid contingent were actually the good guys, doing the work of the Trees.

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4 thoughts on “Meta-Twist

  1. Obligatory South Park reference (Imaginationland):

    Specialist: In times like these the government often turns to Hollywood for help. You creative filmmakers can think of idea we just can’t.
    General: That’s why we’ve asked you here, M. Night Shyal-amalam. The Sixth Sense, Signs, The Village, all very clever films. But can you use your amazing idea brain now to help us stop the terrorists?
    M. Night Shyalaman: What if… What if it turns out they aren’t terrorists? But they’re actually werewolves? From the future?
    General: N, no. No, they’re terrorists. They’ve been linked to Al Qaeda.
    M. Night Shyalaman: But what if Al Qaeda, it turns out, is the group being terrorized? By aliens?
    General: No- No. That’s not an idea, that’s a twist. We need ideas.
    M. Night Shyalaman: How about we make everyone think that terrorists attacked us? But really, we were all already dead.
    General: Get him out of here.

  2. I’ve always found the plot of his movies as secondary…in a broad sense they are always variations of Shirly Jackson’s, “the lottery”-(which I would love to see him do…) beyond the plot(which is always laboriously slow), the end product shines.

    It’s funny, because American-Indians are ridiculously pragmatic, good natured, and conservative, while being incredibly defferential to liberal ideology-I’m guessing they must be as solidly democrat as Jews.

    I feel sorry for m night, as his creative days have past, as his directing skill improves…

  3. Shyalaman should be ashamed of himself for shamelessly plagarizing Bob Bowfinger’s “Chubby Rain.”

    Also, shouldn’t the foliage be pleased with all the extra CO2 and warmer weather we’ve given them?

    Ungrateful bastards. Extra salad for dinner tonight. That’ll teach ’em.

  4. I’m not sure you’ll totally hate what the trees do– they blow away the bluest of blue-stated Northeast, and then head to Paris for seconds?

    Kidding of course, but I didn’t really find the movie offensive, or a continuation of his others, or a warnings against pregnancy. If I had, I’d have been irritated on leaving, I just kind of enjoyed the eery scenes and took it more as a Twilight Zone ‘what if?’ type plot.

    Nobody was plugging in an Energy Star appliance or escaping successfully in a hybrid, so I didn’t see much preachiness.

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