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After Earth (3D)

After Earth (3D)

07 Jun, 2013
1 hrs 43 mins
84 votes
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A crash landing leaves teenager Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his legendary father Cypher (Will Smith) stranded on Earth, 1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanitys escape. With Cypher critically injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help, facing uncharted terrain, evolved animal species that now rule the planet, and an unstoppable alien creature that escaped during the crash. Father and son must learn to work together and trust one another if they want any chance of returning home.
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Clearly intended as a vanity project to showcase his 14-year-old son Jaden`s action-hero skills, After Earth, conceived and produced by Will Smith, is part-sci-fi, part cautionary tale, yet always a snooze-fest. It doesn`t help that director M Night Shyamalan, far out of his comfort zone of twisty thrillers, sucks the film dry of any potential for humor, and delivers what is probably Will Smith`s only film in which he never cracks a smile.Smith Sr plays the aptly named Cypher, a fearless military Ranger who protects humans on Nova Prime, the planet they were evacuated to, after Earth became an uninhabitable wasteland some 1000 years ago. Jaden is Kitai, his Ranger-cadet son, who is traveling with him on an interplanetary mission. When an asteroid storm forces their spaceship to crash-land on Earth, Cypher is badly injured, and it`s left to Kitai to brave the dangers that roam the planet and retrieve a beacon that will save both their lives. Shyamalan gives us some striking visuals of a future Earth, but the action scenes between Kitai and the hostile beasts he encounters feel strangely underwhelming. Jaden is earnest, and sure he`s got something charming about him we saw that in the Karate Kid remake but what he doesn`t have, unfortunately, are the acting chops to pull off this starring role. His character spends a lot of time alone on screen, and this kind of a role requires an actor with a much stronger presence.Yet, nothing or no one is more disappointing than Will Smith, who has such a morose expression throughout, it`s as if someone really sent him into the future and showed him the box-office collections of this film! As he sits there, injured and immobile, blankly doling out life lessons to his kid, you wonder if Daddy left his charisma at home so Junior wouldn`t have a complex. ...Read full review
Will Smith is known to do films with a bang - grand movies of sweeping scale where he is the focal point of attention. Not so in this one. Here, he takes the back seat and hands Jaden the baton (obvious metaphors abound; he gives the kid his own saber at the commencement of the quest) to be the main man. The film is set hundreds of years into the future, where mankind has been evacuated from Earth; a planet now inhabited by human-eating nasties. Cypher Raige (Smith) and his son Kitai Raige (Jaden) are forced to crash-land. The film`s plot bears an uncanny resemblance to a video-game where the player has to go the distance from point `A` to `B` (100 km, in this case) in `X` amount of time. Along the way he battles monsters of increasing strength. There are health packs too, like bonus points. And in the end, there is a `boss fight` with a hideous alien critter called the Ursa. That`s it, game over. Cypher maintains a radio link with Kitai as the harsh patriarch at times and the voice of reason-cum-vendor of wisdom and encouragement at other times. Again it`s like how a computer-programmed narrator is in a video-game. At some point, they lose contact and Kitai`s moment of reckoning arrives. It`s about Kitai having to prove himself to his dad. ...Read full review
The tag line of director M Night Shyamalan`s latest venture After Earth reads: `Danger is real, Fear is a choice.` Little do the unsuspecting viewers know that it is, in fact, a warning about the film itself, for one needs courage to sit through this post-apocalyptic action fare. After delivering a string of bad films like The Village, Lady In The Water and The Happening over the past few years, Shyamalan`s last film (as a director) The Last Airbender was probably his worst film and one expected him to learn from it. Instead, he followed it up with After Earth. Riddled with bad CGI (computer-generated images), clichd storyline and feeble characterisation, the movie gives out the vibe of a video game. The reason could be screenplay writer Gary Whitta, who was earlier an editor of a gaming magazine. The year is 1000 A.E - over a thousand years after humankind has abandoned earth. Cypher is the head of a military unit called the Ranger Corps, whose job is to find and kill Ursas - monstrous alien creatures that are blind but can smell fear. Funny enough, Cypher is entirely odour-free which makes it easy for him to kill the Ursas by stabbing them with his high tech weapon. Enter Kitai (Jaden Smith), Cypher`s young son, who desperately wants to be a part of the Ranger Corps team in order to avenge his older sister Senshi`s (Zoe Kravitz) death, but is afraid of telling his father about it. Cypher decides to go on one last voyage before he hangs up his boots for retirement. His wife suggests that he take along their son so that they can bond. But something goes horribly wrong during their journey and the spaceship is severely damaged in an asteroid belt t and they crash-land on Earth. The accident kills everyone excpet Cypher and Kitai. With Cypher lying injured in the spaceship, Kitai sets out alone to get their distress beacon and fight some creatures that have evolved to kill humans. While one expects some amazing action sequences and an edge-of-the-seat thriller, all you get is an amateur story will a mild Avatar hangover. Smith Sr co-wrote, who wrote the story and is also the co-producer of the film, provides a good platform for his son to prove his mettle. ...Read full review