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Movie Review: After Earth


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ISHAN RAYCHAUDHURI | New Delhi, June 9, 2013 13:14
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Despite being far from M. Night Shyamalan’s best work, After Earth is by far one of the better films he has directed. The father son duo of Will Smith and Jaden Smith crash land on Earth, 1000 years after humanity moved to Nova Prime, due to an environmental cataclysm.

Things didn’t go that well in Nova Prime either, where humanity had to deal with S’Krell, alien creatures who intended to conquer Nova Prime. General Cypher Raige (Will Smith) learnt to ghost his fears and in turn becomes a hero as he defeated the aliens who fed on fear.

After crash landing on Earth however, he takes to the sidelines with Kitai Range (Jaden Smith), his son does all the heavy lifting of running around Earth is search of their rescue beacon. Almost all the species on Earth are now lethal to humans and Kitai needs to prove his chops as a ranger and overcome all adversities to save his father.

If you think the movie has the classic Shyamalan twist at the end, then sorry to disappoint, for it ends exactly as you would imagine.

Even though the script could have been far better - with emotions, for one, keeping the fact in mind that father and son are together millions of miles from their home planet, the film does do a decent job.

Jaden Smith is the main character in this story and he does a far better job than many older actors. Will he grow up to be as charismatic and larger than life as his father? Only time would tell.

Even though After Earth is a bit slow and prodding at times, it is nothing you can’t sit through, and the overall wonder of the storyline makes up for any poor scripting or acting. Watch it this summer, it will definitely make you feel better.

Director: M Night Shyamalan

Cast: Will Smith, Jaden Smith


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