After Earth (2013)
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.
Jaden Smith : Kitai Raige
Will Smith : Cypher Raige
Sophie Okonedo : Faia Raige
M. Night Shyamalan
“I’ve heard stories of Earth. A paradise. Until we destroyed it.“
As a SF fan I found the images shown in this film sometimes simply beautiful. The landscapes, futuristic buildings and high-tech spaceship. Not that the images could match that of “Oblivion“. And that’s about it, because the story on its own was pretty boring ,annoying, not exactly masterful and inventive.
About the acting I can be short and concise. The part Will Smith had to play, didn’t need any performance skills. Setting up an emotionless expression on his face the whole time isn’t that hard to do. No fear and no feelings. A military commander, who follows his son remotely after the crash and gives advice once and a while. The only acting he showed was when he had to put on a painful grimace and experiences flashbacks. About Jaden Smith I can be even shorter : he paid very good attention to his father’s performances in other films. A plastic face without a lot of emotions. He’s not gifted with lots of acting talent. Apparently this movie and the help of his father is just a way to lead him to eternal fame.