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A scifi film starring Will and Jaden Smith directed by M. Night Shyamalan

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'After Earth' is a fun, but not great ride into hostile territory (video)

  • May 31, 2013
Every son, whether conscious or unconscious, wants to impress his dad...Wants to gain his father's respect.

In the year 222 AE (after earth), after a series of cataclysmic events forced humanity to leave earth and settle on Nova Prime, that concept still holds true.

Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) wants desperately to be a Ranger like his dad, General Cypher Raige, (Will Smith). Cypher is not only a Ranger but he's a super Ranger having saved the humans of Nova Prime from the planet's fiercest alien threats...The Skrel and their nasty monster creations known as the Ursa.

But that doesn't seem to be in the cards for Kitai. He's just flunked his Ranger test and is hounded by guilt, from a childhood incident. Kitai doesn't feel like he'll ever live up to his father's expectations.

Of course this being a movie, Kitai will soon get the chance to prove to himself and to his daddy just what kind of stuff he's made of, when... 

A spaceship carrying him and Cypher crash lands on the now quarantined Earth, killing everyone, except the two of them. Their only hope of rescue is a beacon which landed some 50 miles away from the ship.

Cypher is critically wounded so it's up to Kitai to retrieve it. 

With his dad monitoring and directing him from the ship, Kitai must face unchartered terrain, savage animals, a hostile deadly environment, and the unstoppable, Ursa who can sense human fear.

Piece of cake right?

'After Earth', directed and written by M. Night Shyamalan, along with Gary Whitta from a story by Will Smith works on many levels...

I liked the story, especially the concept of overcoming one's fear as well as the depiction of a futuristic Earth. The film has a nice tension and at times, is very exciting.

Unfortunately what didn't work for me and in fact, almost ruined the movie, was the acting of Jaden Smith. The kid acts with his eyebrows, indicates all over the place and pushes way too hard in the emotional scenes.

Having said that, I still gave 'After Earth' which opens in theatres Friday May 31, 2013, three and a half bagels out of five as I was entertained.

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June 03, 2013
Nice review. I heard a few critics saying that this was the worst big budget Scifi film ever made and much poorer than the really bad Oblivion. Based on your review, I will have to keep this film in mind.
June 03, 2013
Yeah, except for Jaden's acting, I enjoyed it...What's surprising is that John didn't hate it...he hates everything LOL.
May 31, 2013
I was kind of interested but then I found out who the director was, so now I am on the fence. I am getting on the independent circuit before I see either this one or NOW YOU SEE ME. It appears that this weekend is the battle of the so-so directors.
May 31, 2013
I couldn't tell you why, but nothing about this film interests me. I'm a sci-fi junkie, too, which makes me even more confused as to why it doesn't interest me.
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Excellent Film For General Audiences
The story begins when General Cypher Raige (Will Smith) returns home to care for his 13 year old son, Kitai (Jaden Smith). An asteroid storm damages Kitai's craft necessitating a crash landing on planet Earth.   As his dad lies critically injured, Kitai strikes out on his own to  find a rescue beacon. His journey begins by scaling a moist treacherous mountain followed by battles with wild monkeys, a monsterous bird and an aggressive amphibian monster.   Does Kitai …
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