- 1 hr 30 min
The Happening is another in a series of supernatural movies from writer, producer M. Night Shyamalan. The story centers around the strange behavior people are exhibiting in cities across the country. It seems people are deciding to take their lives for no apparent reason. The cause of the strange behavior leads many people to speculate that a terrorist group could be involved. The central character in the story is a high school science teacher named Elliot. Elliot and his wife decide to join their friend Julian and his young daughter on a train ride to Harrisburg. Along the way, the train mysteriously loses power and stops outside a small town. The town also has inhabitants committing suicide, which leads Elliot to believe the airborne toxin is already present in this area. Unfortunately, the toxin affects his friend Julian who also ends up taking his own life. Elliot and his wife, along with Julian's daughter Jess, end up getting a ride into town from a person who owns a nursery. This person does not agree with the theory that the toxin is due to a terrorist attack. Instead the nurseryman believes the trees and other plants are releasing a toxin which is deadly to humans. He believes it is a survival instinct on the part of the trees and plants, due to the increased pillaging humans have done to the environment. As a scientists, Elliot is interested in the new theory and begins to do some research on his own. He spends time watching the way people are affected when they venture outside. He begins to notice the affects of the toxin appear to only hit large groups of people, so he suggests people break off into small groups when venturing outdoors. The toxin is indeed being released by plants as a defense mechanism. After some time the plants stop producing the toxin and the air clears up, but people are left with a very strong warning about the dangers they face if they continue to pollute and pillage the environment.