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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
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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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By J. Morris TOP 1000 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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Format: DVD
After the credits had rolled I really wished there was a token M.Night twist, he may have a poor grasp on the things, even so the presence of such a plot device would actually give us something to talk about. After Earth is the blandest of bland blockbusters. The production design is interesting, with simple fibers meeting futuristic HUD's, but that's about all for the positives. Negatives, those are far more plentiful. The story is of no consequence, Jaden Smith is a utter void in the lead role, Will Smith mistakes stern for bored and the CGI feels half finished. But above all that, it's so boring. Making a slender 90 minute run time feel in excess of 2 hours is a gift that no film maker should possess. Still, it's better than M.Night's last few films, there has never been a better definition of the phrase damming with faint praise.
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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: 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.
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