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10/26/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

A film with no soul

Here is the first scum bag collection of mine in 2013. Night Shyamalan (who gave us a bold Sixth Sense) has given up. His world of futuristic earth lacks compulsion. Shyamalan’s work looks easily the worst here. Will Smith’s story is more like a charred up plastic. So what’s it all about ? A ship that gets damaged, and has two lonely survivors (hard to believe) Smith and Jade (father son) caught in earth. Jade (rusty performance) steps out to 100 km into deep forest to bring a back up device that will save them. His ambitious journey is not too easy. Shyamalan throws up creatures and a messy narrative. This is time testing. For an adventurous film, important thing is the thrill. After Earth lacks any. Do not believe to be screaming at the monkeys and the birds. Shyamalan lacks his sense t...

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  View Rod's Profile

08/22/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

We've seen the best on its trailer

Set in a time when Earth is an unfamiliar and dangerous place as humans moved to Nova Prime (mankind's new home), a father and his son found themselves in an adventure challenging their personal relationships and their duties to humanity.

DISAPPOINTED. The movie was very promising yet nothing happened. I did not feel the climax, I did not feel any thrill. What I felt was these father and son in real life attempting to make a great movie but their efforts weren't good enough. How I wished Will Smith made so much MORE action than just sitting in a spaceship dying and HELPLESSLY HELPING his son out in the wild.
The story is touching but it fell very short, I thought there were so much to talk about but they refused to and focused on something that audience obviously didn't like at a...

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06/27/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

After Earth review

General Cypher Raige (Will Smith) and son Kitai (Jaden Smith) are having conflicts at home. The good points of the film were the special effects and acting of Jaden Smith. In this reviewer's opinion, this was a training ground for Jaden to further enhance his acting skills, dueling with his popular dad and some CGI effects. Now for the bad, this felt like a cheap imitation/cross between Star Trek and Chronicles of Riddick. The screenplay was nothing to brag about since it's purely visual when Kitai looses communication with Raige. Plot was simplistic and soundtrack almost no impact whatsoever. These days’ directors with a resume of hits/quality movies such as Soderbergh and Stone have been taking on a different route. If they made good movies, why not utilize the same formula? In ...

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06/14/2013 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

A Mildly Entertaining Waste of Time

Shyamalan’s is one of the most hated movie directors of all time. Not because he’s really all that bad, but because he was set-up to be great and failed. His movies became obsessed with twists instead of the characters and atmosphere, the real reasons The Sixth Sense was so good.

After Earth was based on a story written by Will Smith, not Shyamalan’s, so (spoilers) there is no real twist. The movie is a pretty straightforward adventure Sci-Fi story about the relationship between a father and his son. The concept (though not completely original) is interesting, as is the strange alternate version of Earth that the adventure takes place in.

The movie should, in theory, be a lot of fun, but sadly it isn’t. Its parts are better then the whole; It’s a story that relies on emotion, b...

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  View lastonetoleave's Profile

06/03/2013 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

After Earth

After Earth (2013) PG-13 Due to some cataclysmic events, Earth was abandoned over 1000 years ago. Cypher Raige (Will Smith) leads a crew on a training mission, when he and his son, Kitai (Jaden Smith), are the sole survivors of a crash landing. The planet they land on is Earth, and now father and son must team up to survive a world populated by dangerous, wild animals. Let me first say that the CGI (the computerized special effects) in this film are horrible. I felt like I was back in the 1970’s watching the TV show, Land of the Lost. Know going into this film that it’s Jaden Smith’s movie. He does all the action work while Will is stuck in the crashed space ship. Jaden has shown, in the past (The Karate Kid), that he can carry the film, but in this one, he doesn’t quite connect ...

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06/01/2013 (2 of 2 found this helpful)

Two Smiths Aren't Better Than One

The problem with films that become a "passion project" is that while it may be the greatest thing ever in the eyes of the creator(s) but when the final product is released, the audience will probably not be as invested. For Will Smith, I think this is what happened - he had a vision and maybe that vision was even realized, but in the end, while After Earth is far from a disaster, it's also not going to be one of those films you're going to want to watch more than once and, ultimately, is a bit forgettable.

The film is pretty much in the hands of two Smiths: Will and his son, Jaden. The father/son thing was explored in The Pursuit of Happyness - but that was a drama and Jaden was younger. Now that he is older, you need more range, but the problem with the film is that I didn't get that ...

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