After Earth (2013) Movie Review

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After Earth (2013)

2013 | PG-13 | Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure
100 minutes / 1h 40min

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After Earth Plot Synopsis:

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.

After Earth (2013) Review

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.

  • After Earth Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 2
  • Overall Score: 2.72
  • IMDB: 4.8
  • MetaCritic: 3.3
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 1.2

About After Earth 2013

Title: After Earth
Year: 2013
Runtime: 100 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure
Score: 1 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 1.36/5 stars from 177,393 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 177,393
MPAA Rating: PG-13
After Earth Cast Starring: Glenn Morshower, Will Smith, Zoë Kravitz, Jon Douglas Rainey, Zoë Kravitz, Francesco Scorsone, David Denman, Shawn Gonzalez, Maiya Reaux, Diego Klattenhoff, Isabelle Fuhrman, Jon Mack, Gilbert Soto, Darwin Reina, Brandon Greenawalt, Chris Geere, Albert Valladares, Darrell Foster, Sophie Okonedo, Kristofer Hivju, John DiRenzo, Ryan Mitchell, Kimberly Villanova, Demetrice Nguyen, Dennisha Pratt, Jaden Martin, Sincere L. Bobb, Nick Grock, Monika Jolly, James Hager II
After Earth Writers: Gary Whitta, M. Night Shyamalan, Will Smith
After Earth Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Box Office: $60,522,097
Production: Sony Pictures
Language: English
Country: USA