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After Earth

By MITCH LILLIE
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.
 
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Science fiction
  • Running Time: 100 minutes
  • Release Date: Friday, June 7, 2013
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13 [ Sci-Fi Action Violence, Some Disturbing Images ]
  • Critic's Score: D
  • Starring: Jaden Smith [Kitai Rage], Will Smith [Cypher Raige], Sophie Okonedo [Faia Raige], Zoë Kravitz [Senshi Raige], Glenn Morshower [Commander Velan], Kristofer Hivju [Security Chief], Sacha Dhawan [Hesper Pilot], Chris Geere [Hesper Navigator], Diego Klattenhoff [Veteran Ranger], David Denman [Private McQuarrie], Lincoln Lewis [Running Cadet], Jaden Martin [Nine-Year-Old Kitai], Sincere Bobb [Three-Year-Old Kitai], Monika Jolly [Femail Ranger]
  • Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan [Director], Gary Whitta [Screenwriter], M. Night Shyamalan [Screenwriter], Caleeb Pinkett [Producer], Jada Pinkett Smith [Producer], Will Smith [Producer], James Lassiter [Producer], M. Night Shyamalan [Producer], E. Bennett Walsh [Executive Producer], Peter Suschitzky [Cinematographer], Thomas Sanders [Production Design], Steven Rosenblum [Film Editor], James Howard [Original Music], Amy Westcott [Costume Designer], Douglas Aibel [Casting], Naaman Marshall [Art Director], Robert Joseph [Art Director], Dean Wolcott [Art Director], Rosemary Brandenburg [Set Decoration]
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