The end of the world happening through mysterious circumstances has been a standard narrative within science fiction for many years. It depends on the writer or writers to flesh out this very predictable narrative to make it feel alive, new and interesting.
In the 2008 movie, The Happening, Elliot and Alma Moore (Mark Wahlberg and Zooey Deschanel) are watching their world crumble around them. A mysterious plague has hit the world, causing those infected to commit suicide. Elliot, a science teacher is trying to use his knowledge to figure the cause of the plague and find a cure, but that might not be enough to save his life, his wife’s life and the life of Jess (Ashlyn Sanchez), the daughter of a friend who they are trying to protect.
On paper, this the premise of the film sounds interesting. Unfortunately, it’s one of those movies that only sounds good on paper.
Do I recommend it? Not really.