After Earth (2013) Movie Review

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2013 | PG-13 | Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure
100 minutes /

User Score: 55/100

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After Earth Review


A crash landing leaves Kitai Raige and his father Cypher stranded on Earth, a millennium after events forced humanity's escape. With Cypher injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help.

After Earth (2013) is a 1h 40-min American science-fiction action adventure film that had a budget of $130 million and grossed over $243.8 million at the box office. Director M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense (1999), Signs (2002), The Village (2004)) made a terrible mistake by accepting to direct a movie that Will Smith wrote. Writer, producer, and actor Will Smith (Men in Black (1997), I Am Legend (2007), I, Robot (2004), Independence Day (1996)) wrote the story and M. Night Shyamalan co-wrote the screenplay with Gary Whitta. Will Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith and her brother Caleeb Pinkett were also producers for After Earth.

After Earth is about the planet being ruined and humanity leaving Earth. The humans had no choice but to leave Earth in the 21st century as the environment is facing cataclysm forces. The humans moved to Nova Prime. Skip to one thousand years later and we see a peacekeeping organization named Ranger Corps being commanded by General Cypher Raige (Will Smith) who will do anything to save his people. The S’krell are alien creatures that are determined to conquer Nova Prime, and they plan on doing so by using their secret weapons which are the Ursas. Ursas are large predatory creatures that cannot see but hunts they prey by sensing their fear.

Cypher learned how to suppress his fear completely and teaches the other Rangers how to suppress their fears. Cypher’s son Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith - The Karate Kid (2010), The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (2011)) blames himself for his sister Senshi (Zoe Kravitz) being killed by the Ursa. Cypher is disappointed in Kitai’s performance because his application was denied from becoming a Ranger because of his recklessness. Cypher took his son on his last voyage before retirement and did not expect to crash land on quarantined Earth after encountering an asteroid. Cypher’s legs are broken as well as the tail section of the ship, and the main emergency rescue beacon is damaged. The movie goes on to becoming nothing exciting, entertaining or anything remotely close to holding your attention.

After Earth looks great but the performances were weak as well as the script resulting in a bland movie that was extremely ordinary with nothing new to offer or make it different from other films. The movie was slow and almost action-free, but a fascinating part of the film is the giant CGI eagle that had only about 12 minutes of screen time. I do not recommend this movie to other viewers as it was too boring and extremely slow paced.

About After Earth 2013

Title: After Earth
Original Title: 1000 A.E.
Year: 2013
Runtime: 100 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure
Score: 1 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.7/5 stars from 11 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 11
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Glenn Morshower, Will Smith, Zoë Kravitz, Jon Douglas Rainey, Shawn Gonzalez, David Denman, Maiya Reaux, Diego Klattenhoff, Isabelle Fuhrman, Darwin Reina, Dennisha Pratt, Brandon Greenawalt, Chris Geere, Albert Valladares, Darrell Foster, Sophie Okonedo, Jon Mack, Kristofer Hivju, John DiRenzo, Ryan Mitchell, Kimberly Villanova, Gilbert Soto, Demetrice Nguyen, Sacha Dhawan, Lincoln Lewis, Tiffany E. Green, Edward Rafter, Jaden Martin, Sincere L. Bobb, Nick Grock
Writers: Gary Whitta, M. Night Shyamalan, Will Smith
Director: M. Night Shyamalan