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A Brief Word About Spoilers.

by Eric Kohn
June 12, 2008 12:43 PM
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A reader has about complained my earlier post about the threat in The Happening, because I didn't preface my thoughts with a spoiler alert. I'm not sure if it qualifies as such. Now, if somebody wants to discuss the contents of a movie and I accidentally encounter them, I might get annoyed. However, the fact that the environment serves as the villain in Shyamalan's new thriller doesn't qualify as a spoiler in my book. It's not a huge third act revelation; we figure this out pretty early on. It's the central thrust of the PLOT. If I were to tell you that Bruce Willis has been dead the whole time in that one movie everybody has seen by now...well, that's a spoiler. It redefines the viewing experience. But it won't change the way you see movie if you know the identity of the bad guy in this one. I promise. No more so than knowing that the Joker is evil in The Dark Knight. I mean, just look at him. And just look at the trailer for The Happening. No big mystery there.

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