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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
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

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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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153 of 180 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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153 of 185 people found the following review helpful By J. Kirby TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 3 July 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Firstly I apologise to people who think that "reviews" should only be for the actual product you have in your hand (i.e. the blu-ray disc) as it has not been released yet, but having seen this travesty at the cinema, the most imaculate transfer ever will not save this film. I am trying to save potential purchasers the heartache of wasting around £18.00 and 1 hour 40 minutes of their life, in my case, time I will never get back.

I love sci-fi films, I generally like Will Smith, but even this could not prepare me for the bad acting by both "Smith's" and the general feeling of boredom I felt while watching this film. This is no "Men in Black" 1, 3 or even 2!

The reason Earth was abandoned and general scene setting was over quicker than a bolt of lightning, the character building was virtually non-existent and tedious. While there are special effects, post Avatar and Star Trek : Into Darkness, they are extremely poor and fairly shortlived.

Much of the film is a sort of Predator for kids in that the bulk of the film is Jaden (Smith Junior) running through a jungle trying to avoid an escaped alien they brought with them on their spaceship which crashed on the long ago abandoned planet of Earth. With Predator however you really did fear the alien and care about the humans, in this film, I did start to wonder if humanity would have been better off dying on Earth all those years ago. At least they wouldn't be able to make films as bad as this in the future!

It could have been a good film given the huge budget and a decent actor however this is Will Smith at his worst supported by, what could easily prove to be Jaden's final film (lets hope so). I would suggest buying Star Trek if you like Sci-fi and want to pre-order a great Sci-fi Blu-ray. This one will be in the bargain bins shortly and personally I won't even be watching it on Freeview.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By political on 7 Sep 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Thank you very much will smith for lying to millions of people by promoting this load of vomit by saying it is an amazing adventure film...I believed you and went to see the film at the pictures.............what a waste of time,money,life. Has to be the worst film i have ever seen, and i am not joking. shame on you smith and your untalented son.
I feel so much better now that i let that out.....and relax.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By TIGERFEET on 17 Feb 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
After Earth was a bit disappointing. The family gathered around to watch this but it was only of two people mainly and the story line was a little boring,sorry not for us.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By bikeman on 2 Feb 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I expected more from this film, it looked great on the trailers but is really disappointing in the end, I wish I hadn't paid so much for it as I felt a bit cheated so much is unexplained and you have to try to guess what is going on, I have seen much better films that didn't have so much on screen hype, it is technically good in places but the plot is a bit thin.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ken essex on 25 Nov 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Ok I'm very pleased I only rented this film , I could give it 1 star but that's a little mean so I gave it an extra star as I did finish watching it till the end.

The story is dull its just so boring which makes be wonder how I did watch it all.

Don't waste your hard earned money on this , instead rent it like I did and you will be pleased you did only rent it!
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Timelord007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Sep 2013
Format: DVD
Positive.
Not One.

Negative.
Bland, Pointless, Awful CGI, No tension or pace & very little plot, Even Will Smith seems bored & feels like a co-star in his own movie.

Jaden Smith lacks any of the emotions that he expressed so well in The Karate Kid remake, Coming over as a very bland performance.

Set on a barren earth were the inhabitants are now creatures a father & son crash land on Earth & while awaiting a rescue must fight for survival with the horrors of the once habitable planet earth.

You'd think Will Smith would knock this sort of movie out the park, But no he seems instead to let his son carry the majority of the movie instead, Ok no doubt he to give his son equal screen time but this could've been a lot better than the end result.
Having
Will Smith take a more supporting role is a bad idea as this movie could've been exellent if Smith Snr had bothered to inject any pathos into the movie.

Nothing stands out in way of action, Scale or tension a better script was needed to improve the movies action beats & characization.

M.Night Shyamalan hasn't made a decent movie since Signs, With this he had a chance to return to former glorys yet completely wastes the opportunity given him, Were is the great director hom gave us The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable & Signs???.

To sum up the movie it's disappointing as a Will Smith movie, Disappointing as a M.Night.Shyamalan Film & disappointing as a SciFi action adventure.
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