After Earth starring Will Smith, Jaden Smith and Sophie Okenado made its debut on the big screen last Friday, May 31st 2013. This new film is directed by M. Night Shymalan and is about the survival of a father and son on Earth, a planet they once called home. After Earth has been anticipated by a lot of movie fans, although after it premiered a lot of mixed reviews met this movie. There is no doubt about the acting prowess of the two Smiths in After Earth but did M. Night Shymalan break ground in this new film? Check out the movie review for After Earth below:
“The Verdict on M. Shymalan’s After Earth
Taken on its own, After Earth is a solid and mostly engaging piece of popcorn entertainment. It is well acted by its two leads (Jaden Smith and Will Smith), has strong visuals, and is ruthlessly paced. In terms of potential box office performance, it is an open question, It has Will Smith’s unparalleled drawing power, but its ‘Earth without us’ concept is similar enough to Oblivion to raise eyebrows (although they are very different movies), while its worth as a Jaden Smith ‘boys adventure’ is burdened by some pretty gruesome violent imagery. As a sort of artistic comeback for its director, whose name is hidden in the marketing materials, it is a good news/bad news situation. After Earth is *good* through and through, but it is never great.
After Earth started out as a story of a present-day camping trip gone awry, and I might argue that the revamped science-fiction version merely adds layers of exposition that detracts from the core father/son relationship. To the filmmakers’ credit, it offers as little ‘here’s how Earth died and here’s what we do now’ exposition as possible, leaving the allegedly planned graphic novels, books, and video games to fill in the rest. The picture is Terrence Malick-level ruthless in its editing, to the point where Isabelle Fuhrman ends up as a nameless background player in a single opening scene.
Once the film clicks into gear, with the ship crashed on a futuristic and hostile Earth and Jaden Smith setting out to find a distress beacon that can save himself and his mortally wounded father, it becomes a lean and mostly compelling survival story. Jaden and Will Smith are both fine actors, which is good since they are basically the only people we see onscreen for much of the 100 minute running time. It looks visually splendid, even if you can tell that it was shot on digital video and not film (like Oblivion, this was shot on the Sony F65). While Oblivion centered around wide open spaces of empty and desolate landscapes, After Earth presents a post-human Earth that is richly and densely populated with plant life and various slightly evolved animals.
The second act basically has Jaden going from point A to point B while Will Smith informs him of his options and advises him on the best course of action. While this may sometimes resemble a video game in its construction (there are moments where a computer monitor informs us of a certain plot point), it also means that we always have a clear sense of what is happening in front of us and what the specific objective of a given action sequence is at any given time.”
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