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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.

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Will Smith, Jaden Smith
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elbarto on 27 Jun 2014
Format: DVD
Watched this with the idea that it was going to be dribble. It has been well and truly slated, so I thought I had made a mistake buying the DVD. So many people and so many negative reviews can't be wrong can they? Well I watched it the other night thinking I will get this duff one out of the way. Seriously, I must have been watching a different move to the one everyone else had watched. I enjoyed the film and thought the acting especially of the younger Smith was excellent. The relationship and bond between father and son was really jarring. They weren't all loved up but walking a tightrope of self discovery. I liked this move. I am not sure what others were expecting. A rap from Will Smith? A few jokes and some funny monsters? I personally hate movies like Men in Black, so maybe that is why I saw After Earth for what it really is...a good movie!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Aug 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carolann on 2 July 2014
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Danger is real, fear is optional. Little Jayden works well with his dad, it was a delight to see them both together, the film although set in the future, space craft blah blah, could equally have been set in 1950's it wasn't about the set, it was about the trust of a father for his son, and vice versa, and how sons feel as though they Have to live to...and exceed their fathers feats (why are males so competitive) Jayden is at that age when he is ready for his initiation, so that he can prove that he is now a man, though his father doesn't see that yet, so when Will smith is disabled, Jayden has his chance, and does it with all the gusto of a teenager on a mission. He went out a boy and came back a man.
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