After Earth (review by N. Rodriguez)

Posted May 31, 2013 by in


Total Score

1/ 5

Quick Stats

Genre: science-fiction, adventure
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Actors: Jaden Smith
Length: Will Smith
Release Date: 5/31/2013
Studio: Columbia Pictures (presents), Overbrook Entertainment, Blinding Edge Pictures
What We Thought

A predictable disappointment.

by Nick Rodriguez
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I feel as though everyone has been waiting for this film to fail from the beginning. M. Night Shyamalan has not made a decent movie in a while, I know. But I actually enjoyed his last film The Last Airbender a little bit. So, I went into this movie extremely excited to see something new from this director.

We are quickly told humans have ruined Earth and have now moved off the planet. This is all explained to us in a quick series of real news clips and bad CG. It feels so rushed that there is no time to explain what could have been awesome plot points. We’re then introduced into a space world where the ships look like stingrays, and we are fighting aliens. One guy, Cypher Raige (Will Smith) can “ghost” or has no fear. Therefore, he is invisible to the aliens and is a total bad ass. All of this info is thrown in your face in the first 20 min of the film. Oh yeah, we are also introduced to Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) who has a lot of daddy issues. Because of the quick set up into this world you don’t end up appreciating the elements that come back into play later in the story.

To help the father-son issues Cypher feels that taking Kitai on his next trip will be a positive thing for the both of them. Suddenly, something goes wrong, and the ship crashes to earth. Cypher cannot walk, and then thinks it would be a great idea to throw his son out onto this dangerous planet. Talk about daddy issues! Have no fear, Cypher coaches him through this mission from the broken ship. This only turns into dad barking life lessons into his son’s ear as he is trying to run through the woods, which gets a little annoying after a while. Although, at times there is an interesting dynamic between the two characters.

As you would expect, there are a few issues that come up during the mission. Although we seem to be following the luckiest kid in the universe. It always feels he is saved just in the nick of time or has just enough in the med pack to finish the mission that it all ends up feeling so predictable.

To top it all off, the final battle is not all that exciting . It really makes you look back at the film as a whole and realize that there really was not that much to be excited about.

This film can be described in one word. Unremarkable. I feel the biggest issue has to be the audience  gets the whole plot of the film in the monologue from Cypher as it is being explained to Kitai. Nothing changes from what he is told and the audience is able to figure every outcome before they happen.

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