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3.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable movie. Not as bad as some say., 15 Oct. 2013
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This review is from: After Earth [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
M Night Shyamalan has had a tough time of it over the past few years. His latest movies have been met with bad reviews and average box office returns. The days of the Sixth Sense seem a distant memory when you look at the Last Airbender, which was deserved of its woeful reviews, because it was a woeful movie. But to say After Earth is woeful would be wrong. Though it may not be the best sci-fi movie of the year, it is an entertaining movie, with plenty going for it. The direction is brilliant, for a start. Night brings his unique style to this movie and at times it is breathtaking (the final confrontation with the alien, the sky dive, the landscapes and jungle chases). Equally as brilliant is James Newton Howard's score which only adds to the epic scope of the landscapes. There are some spectacular special effects in this movie, too, and there isn't a massive over use of them that it detracts from the realism. It is in the acting that this movie fumbles. A usually reliable Will Smith is too stoic and wooden (even if his character is supposed to be) and his delivery of lines sounds very awkward, but perhaps that is the very average script. Even worse is Jaden Smith, who cannot act. Full stop. Perhaps if someone else had taken the role of the son then this movie would have got another star. As it is, Jaden saps the life out of pretty much every scene he is in (which is most of them).
But, overlooking the acting, and the disappointingly average script, this is an enjoyable way to spend an hour and a half. Plenty of bursts of action, some epic landscapes, great directing and an awesome soundtrack make this a decent sci-fi movie and in no way the disaster some reviewers and critics would have you believe.
In the way of extras are three featureless which focus on the father son relationship, the world and mythology of the story. The features are pretty short and nothing special, but they do add some value to the story and understanding how Will and Jaden worked together on the movie.
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