M. Night Shyamalan's film — described as "a lightning-paced, heart-pounding paranoid thriller about a family on the run from an inexplicable and unstoppable event" — features a starry cast led by Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel, John Leguizamo, Ashlyn Sanchez, Spencer Breslin, Robert Bailey, Jr. and Tony Award winner Betty Buckley.
"For Philadelphia high school science teacher Elliot Moore (Wahlberg)," press notes state, "what matters most is finding a way to escape the mysterious and deadly phenomenon. Though he and his wife Alma (Deschanel) are in the midst of a marital crisis, they hit the road, first by train, then by car, with Elliot's math teacher friend Julian (Leguizamo) and his eight-year-old daughter Jess (Sanchez), heading for the Pennsylvania farmlands where they hope they'll be out of reach of the grisly, ever-growing attacks. Yet it soon becomes clear that no one – and nowhere – is safe. This terrifying, invisible killer cannot be outrun. It is only when Elliot begins to discover the true nature of what is lurking out there – and just what has unleashed this force that threatens the future of humanity — that he discovers a sliver of hope that his fragile family might be able to escape what is happening."
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Twentieth Century Fox presents "The Happening" in association with UTV Motion Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment. Shyamalan wrote, directed and produced the Blinding Edge Pictures production. Co-producers are Sam Mercer and Barry Mendel. For more information visit www.thehappeningmovie.