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After Earth
Reviewed by Nicki Newton-Plater on June 26th, 2013
Sony Pictures
presents a film directed by M. Night Shyamalan
Screenplay by Gary Whitta and M. Night Shyamalan
Starring:
Will Smith, Jaden Smith, Zoe Isabella Kravitz and Sophie Okonedo
Running Time: 100 minutes
Rating: M
Released: June 14th, 2013


4/10

 


After Earth is the second pairing of father and son team, Will and Jaden Smith. In their first film together, The Pursuit Of Happyness, Will Smith played the doting father and in After Earth, he plays a father at the other end of the spectrum and the other end of the galaxy. Years into the future when Earth has been deemed too dangerous to be inhabited by humans, Nova Prime is the new home of our species.

Cypher Raige (Will Smith) returns home from duty to his family and to the memory of his daughter Senshi (Zoe Isabelle Kravitz) being savagely killed. His son Kitai (Jaden Smith) bears the burden and guilt of his sister’s death and as a result, feels the rift between himself and his father. In order for he and his father to become closer, Kitai accompanies Cypher on his latest mission and after an asteroid storm, their ship crashes into Earth with the two being the only survivors. Cypher is badly injured in the crash and needs help as soon as possible. Kitai has to save his father by venturing out of the ship and into the dangerous wilderness of Earth.


The way that After Earth begins sets the mood for the rest of the film. It begins with the scene inside the ship of the moment that Kitai is comforted by his father, only for the force to throw his father away from him. It is just such a full on opening that just doesn’t feel quite right. And this is what After Earth really is, just not quite right. This can be said for the majority of M. Night Shyamalan’s films in the past few years. He has been unable to recreate his glory days of The Sixth Sense and even now, one of the biggest stars in the world can’t bring him back into the winners circle.


There is no suspense involved in this film and it is predictable from the word go. It is so obvious what is going to happen in After Earth and there are no surprises in the slightest. The film isn’t particularly interesting either. The concept isn’t new and it just seems to be that Will Smith wanted to star in a movie with his son once again and the post-apocalyptic film genre seems to be doing very well these days. It must be said that the special effects and the creation of the creatures on Earth are done quite well. It’s just a shame that the score (also greatly typical of Shyamalan’s past films) and overall atmosphere of the film do not support these visuals.


Will Smith is easily outdone by Jaden in this film. This may have been done on purpose by Will to try and push his son into the spotlight, but Smith Snr. is generally unlikable in this film. He is a dull character from beginning to end and terribly mean and boring. Jaden does do well, there is no denying he will be a fine actor in years to come. His best moments are when he is right next to his father and the natural love flows through to him. After Earth just seems like a waste of time and without purpose. It is almost as though M. Night Shyamalan has confused subtlety with boredom and this is the result he has achieved.






 
 



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