A millennium from now, humanity has abandoned Earth. But after their ship crash-lands, Gen. Cypher Raige (Will Smith) and his son Kitai (Jaden Smith) are forced to return to this forsaken planet. Cypher has broken both of his legs, so Kitai must set out alone against feral megafauna and rough terrain to find a rescue beacon, with Cypher giving instructions via radio. “Do exactly as I tell you,” Cypher says, “and we will survive.” With Cypher constantly imploring Kitai to take a knee, the whole quest feels like Kitai is the quarterback and Cypher the coach of a futuristic (though still stereotypical) football team, complete with in-helmet walkie-talkie. It’s unclear whether the wooden performances should be chalked up to director M. Night Shyamalan and his atrocious work of late—his name appears only in the small print of the film’s posters—or to the Smith family’s fatigue as the only central characters. For what it’s worth, pervasive CGI is well-integrated into the exotic locations. With Will Smith credited for the story and writer Gary Whitta working with Shyamalan on the screenplay, here’s one bit of welcome news: In 1,000 years, the Shyamalan twist is no longer allowed.