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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.

Starring:
Will Smith, Jaden Smith
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After Earth

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  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 40 minutes
Starring Will Smith, Jaden Smith
Director M. Night Shyamalan
Genres Science Fiction
Rental release 11 November 2013
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 40 minutes
Starring Will Smith, Jaden Smith
Director M. Night Shyamalan
Genres Science Fiction
Rental release 11 November 2013
Main languages English

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shaun Carter on 25 Aug 2014
Format: DVD
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, can't understand the negative reviews. Story by Will Smith, and directed by the famous M. Night Shyamalan. The story goes like this...... in the future, humans have polluted Earth so badly, they are forced to leave for another planet. Then far in the future on that other planet, Will Smith plays a soldier called a 'Ranger' who fights a species of deadly alien creature who also lives on the same planet as all humans. The Rangers learn to remove their emotion of fear, but I wonder if they all lose other emotions too.

Will Smith's character is a good soldier, but not such a good father as his relationship with his son is very strained. So father and son decide to take a trip together to bond. They are travelling on a spaceship along with other Rangers who are escorting one of the deadly alien creatures to a training base. The ship becomes damaged and crashes on Earth. The only survivors are the father and son, and also the alien creature which is now loose.

The father is badly injured and cannot move. So his son has to travel a distance to find part of the ships wreckage, which has a beacon in to send a distress signal home to get help. They soon discover that Earth has recovered from the pollution, and all life has flourished since humans left. Life has even evolved into animals that would try to kill and eat the son while he travels to the ships wreckage. The son also has to face the alien creature which is hunting him.

This is a brilliant sci-fi movie which shows what Earth would look like without humans. The technology is extremely advanced, but still cannot make up for the emotions of humans, nor the relationship between a father and his son.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Aug 2014
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A movie from director M. Night Shyamalan. Which is his first major release to be a film of a script that he hasn't written himself.

It is a science fiction film, and it stars Will Smith and his son Jaden. Who play father and son in the film.

After Earth starts with a spaceship crash. Shows Jaden's character in the aftermath. Then gives us a quick expository narration. Humanity left Earth after making a mess of the place. An elite international military group called the Ranger corps organised that. But we came under attack from strange beasts on our new homeworld. Beasts who can detect pheromones. So don't get scared and they won't see you.

A fact discovered by Ranger Cypher Raige [Will Smith]. His son Kitai [Jaden Smith] wants desperately to follow in his father's footsteps. But doesn't get accepted to the Rangers. An attempt at a father son bonding trip leads them to where we were at the start. This is an annoyingly overused device on tv shows, so it's a pain to see it in a movie as well.

Where the ship crashed is Earth. One thousand years after we left it. And where everything has evolved to kill humans. Cypher is wounded so can't leave the wrecked ship. Kitai has to make a long journey to find a rescue beacon. He has to travel through difficult and dangerous terrain and face hostile creatures to get to it. Can he face his fears, and finally make his old man proud?

Will you care if he does?

There are some decent ideas in here. All about facing up to fear. And it's the kind of story about growing up and becoming responsible and accepting responsibility that certain science fiction writers of days of yore might have done.
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154 of 181 people found the following review helpful By J. Morris TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 July 2013
Format: DVD
General Cypher Raige (Will Smith - I, Robot) is one of the first 'ghosts' - men trained not to fear the abominable beasts that have been bred to detect and hunt human fear. They strike terror into most Rangers [read: Soldiers] and so consequently demolish armies; without ghosts there would be no survival. Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith - The Karate Kid [2010]) is his son, training for the Rangers but not quite at the level where he can control his emotion. In need of some Father & Son bonding, Cypher takes Kitai on a training exercise that goes awry and forces them to crash-land on the original, abandoned & quarantined Earth. With the ship destroyed and Cypher mortally wounded, it is up to Kitai to activate the beacon to get them rescued. Can he control his emotions? Time will tell...

After Earth is a shocking film to include some big names on both the production (M. Night Shyamalan) and the front-of-house (Smith) - the CGI is shoddy at points, the scenery is nonsensical, the geology positively laughable; the whole planet freezes at night, yet despite this point during the day is a lush, steamy tropical jungle. I know what you are thinking; "it's a film, that's the idea" but it's paradoxical in its own canon to the point where you just don't care any more. There are troops of howler monkeys that have exactly the same biology as us (98% dontcha know) yet Kitai has to use some sort of breathing fluid to breathe Earth's air where they are fine - a plot-hinging point.
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