Released in 2008, The incident serves as a blemish on the film career of M. Night Shyamalan as one of his worst reviewed films. The film has a rotten 17% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and the audience score is not much better at 24%. While the film was a financial success at the box office, it is a film that most people involved would apparently rather forget based on the vitriol it had received from critics and viewers alike at the time.
Zooey Deschanel know all too well The incidentnegative reception as one of the co-stars of the film alongside Mark Wahlberg. In a new interview with The Guardian, Deschanel opened up her thoughts on The incident and how the film was panned a lot. The actress explains how she had put her trust in Shyamalan and suggested that perhaps most viewers didn’t understand the “stylized horror” vibe he was going for. In any case, she had a lot of fun making the film.
“This movie was pretty universally not loved! The director, M. Night Shyamalan – Night – had a strong vision and we all tried to do what he wanted. I trusted him, because he’s a great filmmaker. I didn’t know i saw the movie, but i think he went for a stylized horror, like The birds, and maybe people didn’t get it. I had a lot of fun working with Night and Mark Wahlberg, but even though I’ve done serious drama, I’m not sure I fit in with thrillers. I find the most joy in doing comedy.”
The Happening explores unexplained suicides
IN The incident, the world is thrown into confusion when people inexplicably start dying by suicide. It is not known if this is a bioterror attack or if these events are happening for another reason, but the film suggests that plant life has gone on the offensive by developing a defense mechanism using an airborne toxin that affects human brains. Along with Mark Wahlberg and Zooey Deschanel, the film starred John Leguizamo, Betty Buckley and Ashlyn Sanchez.
After the film’s release, Wahlberg would continue to criticize it by making phone calls The incident a “bad film” at a press conference. Shyamalan would later address Wahlberg’s opinion in a Vulture interview. The filmmaker said that it didn’t bother him that Wahlberg bashed the film because it was the only time something like that happened to him. Shyamalan guessed that too The incident didn’t click with viewers because of the tone, as he went for a “B-movie” vibe.
“Since that would be the only instance of that happening — no,” Shyamalan said of Wahlberg’s comments. “But really, no. It’s entirely his call. But he wants to interpret it.”
“I think it’s a consistent kind of farcical humor,” Shyamalan added of the film. “You know, sort of The Blob. The key to The Blob is that it just never takes itself too seriously. I think I was inconsistent. Therefore they could not see it. You must be in a good place. Unbreakable didn’t necessarily work exactly the way I wanted. But now I would go back and say to my younger self, ‘That column is none of your concern. Go ahead.’ Failure is very cleansing, and success is very confusing.”