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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:
Jaden Smith, Will Smith
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

After Earth [Ultra HD]

Product Details

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

Customer Reviews

3.3 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER on 8 Jun. 2013
Format: DVD
This is a rather disappointing science fiction film. The movie consists mostly of Will and Jaden Smith. Man leaves Earth. Will becomes a hero ranger fighting alien monsters. He can also sense "graviton expansion in the hull." Seriously? After the ship is forced to crash land on a hostile earth, Will, who is more commander than father, is injured and must direct his son remotely to retrieve the distress beacon from the tail end of the ship, 100 km. away. I felt I was watching "Starship Troopers" meets "The Bone Collector."

That's pretty much it. The trek had some numerous encounters with danger, but I found myself getting bored. Sorry Jaden.

On the plus side, this science fiction incorporates advances based on discoveries with nano technology. It is the next step in science fiction writing. Jaden's suit could sense a predator and would change color similar to my Nokia Morph concept phone sensing toxins on my apple.

The Asylum knock off had a better plot. 3 stars is generous on a wasted $130 million dollars.
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157 of 185 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David P TOP 50 REVIEWER on 8 May 2014
Format: DVD
... than have to watch this again. The story is banal and contrived. The acting from Jaden Smith is of the calibre that would receive rave reviews, rightly so, in a school play, but in a blockbuster film, no thanks. The look and feel of the technology and their ships is very organic, it feels as though it is the aliens that should have this stuff, not us. The typically overdone American schmaltz makes you want to throw up. It is boring, and therefore by implication much too long. In fact it is pointless saying it is too long, it just should never have been made.

There are all kinds of silly holes in the plot that others have raised too, such as how can a steamy jungle freeze overnight and survive, or why has the atmosphere become so toxic to humans but apparently supports other primates just fine? And what would be the point of engineering a species that can only detect other creatures by sensing their fear? Wouldn't do it much good when coming up against anything that predated on it, and therefore wouldn't be scared of it, would it? Just imagine, if only they had given them eyes too, the entire silly premise for this ridiculous story would have been toast.

I can just see Will Smith having a lot of clout pushing to get this through, starring him and his offspring - I can't think of any other reason for how on earth it ever made it past the first pitch of the concept.

So glad I caught this on satellite before I might have bought it. Save your money, it's dire.
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Format: DVD
In a far distant future man has abandoned Earth after polluting it beyond habitation. Enter Jaden Smith who fails his test to become a ranger in a military organisation in which disapproving father Will Smith is a general. Taking his son on a routine mission at the behest of his wife, the ship encounters an asteroid field and crash lands on an alien Earth, with just Jaden and Will surviving the crash which has left the tail section of their spaceship 100km away from the nose part. With Will having broken his legs it's up to young Jaden, who spends most time on screen, to save the day and get to the emergency rescue beacon in the tail section - and win the respect of his father. And that's pretty much it for plot.

In a classic sense it's a tradition right of passage movie as the youngster overcomes adversity to win over his distant father. However it's also a sci fi movie with lots of not quite familiar creatures to battle and excellent special effects. Unfortunately what lets it down is a predictable tale told in a dull manner. Half the problem is Will Smith having to play things very straight and thus that personality which carries so many great movies is totally subjugated. The younger Smith puts in a valiant attempt to carry the film but he's not quite up to the job - yet. In a few years he will probably have developed as an actor but on the evidence of this film there is a way to go before that craft fully develops. I found myself not fully engaged with the film, which is sad. The threat of impending peril never really quite works. And in these days of being able to turn your heating on and off remotely with an App from anywhere surely a rescue beacon could be switched on remotely in the future? On reviewing the case post-film I discovered M.
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