Warning: Some plot spoilers ahead.
Given a choice between The Incredible 'I'm gonna fool kids with CGI' Hulk, The 'Oh, I can't think or another horror movie name and must Li Sinjie be in it?' Missing and Kungfu 'Oh, I'm gonna exploit China in this movie just like how we exploit them to make us cheap-cost-but-expensive-pricetag clothes' Panda and The Happening, it seem that I only have the last one to choose. And despite Shyamalan totally flopped in his previous movies so much so Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer spoofed his work into 90% of their movie francise storyline, I still gave it go and thought he could be better this time. But I was wrong. Totally wrong.
Here's the synopsis of the film:
A pandemic of unknown cause is spreading, with victims experiencing loss of speech and physical disorientation, followed by death. The protagonist, a science teacher named Elliot Moore (Mark Wahlberg), runs for his life together with his estranged wife, Alma Moore (Zooey Deschanel) and the 8-year-old daughter (Ashlyn Sanchez) of Elliot's best friend, Julian (John Leguizamo), in order to survive.
Sounds familiar? One have to ask what this movie is so different about when other movies like I Am Legend, 28 Days/Weeks Later, The Saw Series, et al. have more interesting storylines (and twists) to tell about.
Well, it's the green thing. When you make the green thing very angry, the green thing is going to kill you. Maybe trying to hard to outchallenge The Hulk (which came out at the same time), Shyamalan just threw in something green as his storyline and even casted a Bambi-eyed Liv Tyler look-alike.
I'm talking about the trees here. The storyline is based on trees turning into terrorists by 'communicating' with each other and starting spewing suicidal toxins into the air to kill the human mankind. Or at least the USA Northeast mankind. And if you're expecting some twist at the end of the story - I don't know - maybe the neurotic old woman in the film has psychic communication with Mother Earth to kill us all, you'll be disappointed. There's absolutely no twist at the end of the story.
Here are some scenes from the movie, all sourced from Rotten Tomatoes.
Trees and the blowing wind are gonna kill us all! Run for your lives! Yes, that's you - Al-Gore included!
Shyamalan: I know that you're an Oscar nominess, Wahlberg, but could you pretend that you're trying to hard and over-acting in my movie please? And Leguizamo, this ain't Ice Age, ok, but can you act like a suicidal squirrel which character killed off in the half-hour of the running time?
Succesful formula: Must throw in some Liv Tyler lookalike (whose acting is like kayu) and a screaming little girl.
Oh gosh! When is this movie gonna end?
I give the overall rating as 2/10. It's really pathetic. Really. Could be considered as a serious Razzie contender.