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After Earth

9/10
Action . Adventure . Science Fiction . Sci-Fi
 

One thousand years after cataclysmic events forced humanity's escape from Earth, Nova Prime has become mankind's new home. Legendary General Cypher Raige returns from an extended tour of duty to his estranged family, ready to be a father to his 13-year-old son, Kitai. When an asteroid storm damages Cypher and Kitai's craft, they crash-land on a now unfamiliar and dangerous Earth. As his father lies dying in the cockpit, Kitai must trek across the hostile terrain to recover their rescue beacon. His whole life, Kitai has wanted nothing more than to be a soldier like his father. Today, he gets his chance.

 
Actors: Jaden Martin , Lincoln Lewis , David Denman , Diego Klattenhoff , Chris Geere , Glenn Morshower , Zoë Kravitz , Sophie Okonedo , Will Smith , Jaden Smith
Directors: M. Night Shyamalan
Country: USA
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Matt Zoller Seitz
RogerEbert.com

After Earth is ultimately too thin of a story to support all of its grandiose embellishments, but so what? It's better to try to pack every moment with beauty and feeling than to shrug and smirk. The film takes the characters and their feelings seriously, and lets its actors give strong, simple performances.


Geoff Pevere
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

That there are no surprises (jumps, yes, surprises, no) should surprise no one – Will Smith movies must uplift the human spirit and reaffirm our best instincts while reassuring us that our ticket money has been well invested.


Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

In truth, despite more corn than Mel Gibson grows on his farm in "Signs" (another Shyamalan effort), After Earth is worth a look.


Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

Won't change your world, but it's attractive and Smith the Elder, lowering his voice to subterranean James Earl Jones levels, delivers a shrewd minimalist performance. His son may get there yet.


Neil Smith
Total Film

Jaden Smith takes centre stage in a futuristic rites of passager that plays like an extended episode of The Twilight Zone. Although "Oblivion" narrowly remains this summer’s better ruined-Earth actioner.


Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

The movie takes off from a concept as basic as a videogame, and it sticks to that concept, without surprise.


IgnatiyVishnevetsky
The A.V. Club

Shyamalan’s sensibility may not be enough to turn After Earth into a great (or even very good) film, but it does yield interesting — and at times strikingly realized — results.


Claudia Puig
USA Today

Though it's meant to be pulse-pounding, After Earth is a lethargic slog.


Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

There’s nothing more to this movie than the set-up. Even though Cypher is slowly bleeding to death, and Kitai is running out of oxygen capsules that allow him to breathe in the toxic air, there’s no sense of urgency, either. At least Shyamalan, sensing the thinness of the material, doesn’t stretch things out.


Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer

M. Night Shyamalan has directed movies that are surprising, hokey, suspenseful, sentimental, clever, touching or cheesy. But until After Earth, he hadn’t made any that are dull from end to end.


Gabe Toro
The Playlist

The film progresses to the point where it feels less like father and son, and more like a young boy listening to an inspirational audiobook.


Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

It’s impossible to take this movie seriously, certainly not as seriously as it takes itself.


Marc Mohan
Portland Oregonian

The plot is simplicity itself, and Jaden's quirk-free character and bland performance don't add anything. It's actually a little sad that M. Night Shyamalan has descended to this sort of vanity-project work-for-hire, but at least he didn't insist on some absurd twist ending.


Tim Robey
The Telegraph

Despite the Smith family’s association with Scientology, which unmistakably informs this tale’s belief system (“Fear is a Choice”), as well as its shaky attempts at mythic patterning, it is in no way the laughable shambles that John Travolta’s infamous "Battlefield Earth" was.


Kim Newman
Empire

Prepare to cringe and snicker whenever the characters are talking, but gasp when Shyamalan just shows amazing stuff.


Dana Stevens
Slate

In his defense, the kid is saddled with a task that even a more experienced actor might have trouble pulling off: He must carry an entire action movie on his slender shoulders, given little more to act opposite than a succession of green-screen predators. Even with his charismatic dad in his earpiece calling the shots, Jaden can’t turn himself into a movie star by sheer force of Will.


Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York

What undoes the film is its rather rancid parent-child sentimentality (a Shyamalan staple, admittedly) and a charisma-free performance from the younger Smith that suggests the apple has fallen very far from the tree.


Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

The jolts are of the jump-out-from-behind-the-door variety; you can see them coming from a long way off, too. Shyamalan seems to no longer have the confidence to let audiences figure things out or the patience to allow them to.


Mike Scott
New Orleans Times-Picayune

This would be a difficult film even for the charismatic Papa Smith to carry. That he spends nearly the entire movie in a chair doesn't help matters.


John DeFore
The Hollywood Reporter

The disappointingly generic film, which strands a father and son on Earth a thousand years after a planet-wide evacuation, will leave genre audiences pining for the more Terra-centric conceits of "Oblivion," not to mention countless other future-set films that find novelty in making familiar surroundings threatening.


Louis Black
Austin Chronicle

The film is repetitive and not as suspenseful at it tries to be. Often gorgeous, sometimes fascinating, it is ultimately unwieldy and unsurprising. It fails as a Smith-family project. Jaden Smith, who was fine in "The Karate Kid," is flat here.


Chris Cabin
Slant Magazine

The art of storytelling is both of distinct narrative interest and personal issue in the latest payload of calcified nonsense from one of modern cinema's oddest would-be auteurs.


Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

An undemanding, childish adventure picture.


Mark Jenkins
NPR

A disastrous father-son endeavor about a calamitous father-son expedition, After Earth doesn't play to the strengths of any of its major participants.


Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times

Fans of either Smith will be sorely disappointed. The elder never before appeared this listless on screen, and the younger misplaced his unforced rapport with the camera that made the Karate Kid reboot so impressive. Only Shyamalan delivers what moviegoers expect from him, and that's a shame.


David Edelstein
New York Magazine (Vulture)

Were Shyamalan and Smith deliberately invoking the terror — now omnipresent in urban African-American communities — of lethal asthma attacks in children? I’m not sure how I feel about something so real and so wrenching in the context of a Grade D (unfit for human habitation) sci-fi picture like After Earth.


Manohla Dargis
The New York Times

For the most part it is an uninteresting slog alleviated only by the occasional unintended laugh and moments of visual beauty. Mr. Shyamalan generally torpedoes his movies with overweening self-seriousness.


Richard Corliss
Time

Running, or stumbling, only 90 minutes, After Earth may lack the neck-swiveling awfulness of Shyamalan’s "The Last Airbender," but it quickly sinks in its logorrheic solemnity. The movie makes "Oblivion" seem as jolly a romp as "Spaceballs," and gives neither Shyamalan nor Smith much to smile about.


Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice

Jaden is fine at running, jumping, fearful trembling, and affecting steely resolution. He doesn't yet have his father's charisma; perhaps to help him out, dad opted not to bring that charisma to the set.


Scott Foundas
Variety

Shyamalan is clearly a director-for-hire here, his disinterest palpable from first frame to last. Nowhere in evidence is the gifted "Sixth Sense" director who once brought intricately crafted setpieces and cinematic sleight-of-hand to even the least of his own movies.


James Berardinelli
ReelViews

The sad truth about After Earth is that not only is it difficult to find things it does well, but there are numerous examples of outright incompetence dotting the landscape.


Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

You can’t blame Will Smith for wanting to give his son a leg up in the business. Maybe one day Jaden will have his father’s career — and his ability to carry a movie. For now, it’s a little premature to ask him to bear the weight of this soggy, waterlogged “Earth” on his skinny shoulders.


Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

The young Smith has energy, but not the acting chops. And he's no miracle worker. The burden of carrying this dull, lifeless movie is just too much. And it's hell on an audience. It's not a good sign when you sit there thinking – Make. It. Stop.


Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Surprise — this bad dream is for real.


Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times

Quite simply, this is one of the worst films of 2013.


Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Jaden is not ready for his solo spotlight, and the film is the same action over and over. Another bad movie from Shyamalan.


Lou Lumenick
New York Post

Basically, this is Smith and his real-life son, Jaden (both affecting ridiculous mid-Atlantic accents) talking the audience to death for something like 90 minutes before the closing credits.


Peter Bradshaw
The Guardian

He's done it again. M Night Shyamalan has done it again. Again. Done it. Again. He has given us another film for which the only appropriate expression is stammering, gibbering wonder that anyone can keep making such uncompromisingly terrible movies with such stamina and dedication.


Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times

The script has no nuance, none. And when Shyamalan moves into the director's chair, the script problems are magnified. Everything is spelled out, underlined in red.


Laremy Legel
Film.com

After Earth stupefies us with nonsense, such little thought and logic went into this idea that it can’t even be considered a rough draft, this is a movie almost daring an audience to emotionally detach throughout. For shame!


Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

Summer 2013 has its first bomb, and sadly, it’s landed right on Will Smith.


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2. Ghosting ( Performer: James Newton Howard, Pete Anthony, Mike Nowak, Maya Beiser, Pedro Eustache & Christopher Wray Itunes )


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