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Mark Wahlberg knows “The Happening

Mark Wahlberg has appeared in too many films to categorize him as a certain type of actor. M. Night Shyamalan certainly is a certain type of filmmaker. Put the two together, and sparks should fly.

The Happening braintrustThe film world is abuzz over the “Sixth Sense” director’s latest foray into the world of the unknown.

M. Night has perfected the art of taking an audience on a journey, only to pull the rug out from under them with a fantastic finale they never saw coming.

After staring in a variety of films from “Invincible,” Best Picture winner “The Departed,” “Boogie Nights” to “Three Kings,” Wahlberg is ready to take on the Shyamalan mantle of muse.

Past winners of this acting part have memorably gone to, of course, Bruce Willis in “Unbreakable” and “Sixth Sense,” Mel Gibson in “Signs,” Paul Giamatti in “Lady in the Water,” and Joaquin Phoenix in “The Village.”

Mark Wahlberg has the face that compels audiences to wonder what on earth he’s so concerned about at the other end of that glare.

To pair that with the suspense master who made our skin crawl in “Sixth Sense” is a summer movie well worth the anticipatory buzz.

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