What’s ‘Happening’ in M. Night Shyamalan’s new movie?

Now in theaters, The Happening joins that rarest of film genres — movies with a biology teacher hero. Better-looking than most biology teachers, Elliot Moore (played by Mark Wahlberg) flees a mysterious plague of vertigo and suicides striking the northeastern states with his family and friends.

(SPOILER ALERT!)

Escaping the chaos, Moore determines that neurological toxins released to the air by trees defending themselves from mankind are behind the plague.

Never wanting to shrink from a look at science on the silver screen, I interviewed writer/director M. Night Shyamalan about the science behind The Happening and whether scientists get a fair shake from Hollywood:

(USA Today)


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