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This review is from: After Earth (Blu-ray + UV Copy)  (Blu-ray)
Essentially a Will Smith and family film production, there are four of them involved from writing, producing, and of course Father and son(Will and Jaden)playing father and son.
Set 1000 years in the future after some sort of disaster,the story is just awful, contrived to show off 13 year old Jaden as a serious actor in the mould of his father. He is on screen totally alone for much of the films running time trying to act against a variety of off the shelf CGI monsters. The films only chance of success rests squarely on young Jadens performance, because the whole production,except the Music, is a complete mess. The story is truly dreadful (care of Mr Smith snr), production design childish and ripped off from a countless number of sixties productions, costume design is lazy and predictable. Direction is mediocre, with only occasional flourishes that lift it out of the realms of cheap TV. The special effects are adequate but often cartoonish and look like Play Satation or X Box cut scenes.
This situation placed a great deal of expectation on 13 Year old Jaden, who is inexperienced and has a very limited acting range. His diction has been described as "inelegant" and I can understand why. He has a habit of dropping the end of words and seemingly rushing his lines, this of course should have been stamped on by the Director. Perhaps that many Smiths looking on all the time limited his ability to wrestle a better performance from the youngest Smith on set. If Jaden is going to become a serious actor his parents need to let him be guided by others and learn his craft, if he can.
The result is a pretty poor film and most reviewers seem to agree with me. It's a great shame because there is a seed of a great movie in there trying to get made. The Director is talented but I think the force of all those Smiths around got the better of him and they got the film they wanted. The director however got all the blame which is unfair.
Avoid unless you're a HUGE Smith or Science Fiction fan
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Initial post: 20 Dec 2013 17:25:47 GMT
Generous with two star's i gave it one.
Your review spot on.
In reply to an earlier post on 26 Dec 2013 01:09:30 GMT
Dr. Andrew R. P. Smith says:
You need to make your own mind up. I enjoyed it and have seen a lot worse, Fast & Furious 1,2,3 and 4 come to mind.
In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jan 2014 11:10:23 GMT
Mr. G. Robinson says:
Couldn't agree more with your post, each to his own and all that. You may have enjoyed it but did you think it was any good, considering the talent involved and the 130 million dollar plus price-tag?
I understand the original story was set in the Rockies above the snowline after a climbing accident, young Smith then having to go and get help. I can't help thinking this may have been better and less silly than turning it into a Sci Fi epic.
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