There’s no doubt that Shyamalan’s films are beautifully shot, and In terms of ideas I think that he started with a bang when he made The Sixth Sense. There was even something interesting and unique in Unbreakable. But as he keeps playing his gotcha games you have to wonder how many Twilight Zone style stories really work when stretched out to feature length.
As for “The Happening” it feels as if it’s already been abandoned by the studio. I’ve heard more about Shyamalan’s deal to direct Avatar: The Last Airbender than I have about this movie, and it’s coming out in June. I am actually curious to see how he does with licensed material. He has the potential to be a great fantasy director if he’d let go of the twist thing.