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After Earth (2013)



Critic Consensus: After Earth is a dull, ploddingly paced exercise in sentimental sci-fi -- and the latest setback for director M. Night Shyamalan's once-promising career.

Movie Info

A crash landing leaves teenager Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his legendary father Cypher (Will Smith) stranded on Earth, 1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity's escape. With Cypher critically injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help, facing uncharted terrain, evolved animal species that now rule the planet, and an unstoppable alien creature that escaped during the crash. Father and son must learn to work together and trust one another if they want any chance of returning home. (c) Sonymore
Rating: PG-13 (for sci-fi action violence and some disturbing images)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Will Smith, Gary Whitta, M. Night Shyamalan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 8, 2013
Box Office: $60.5M
Sony Pictures - Official Site


Will Smith
as General Cypher Raige
Jaden Smith
as Kitai Raige
ZoŽ Kravitz
as Senshi Raige
Sophie Okonedo
as Faia Raige
Glenn Morshower
as Commander Velan
Lincoln Lewis
as Running Cadet
Sacha Dhawan
as Hesper Pilot
Chris Geere
as Hesper Navigator
Kristofer Hivju
as Security Chief
David Denman
as Private McQuarrie
Jaden Martin
as Nine-Year-Old Kitai
Sincere L. Bobb
as Three-Year-Old Kitai
Monika Jolly
as Female Ranger
Diego Klattenhoff
as Veteran Ranger
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News & Interviews for After Earth

Critic Reviews for After Earth

All Critics (190) | Top Critics (42)

As drama, After Earth offers no surprises; as action, it's rarely stimulating; as a parenting manual, it seems that Will has thrown Jaden into water that's a little too deep.

Full Review… | May 2, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

If [Jaden Smith] wants a career in film, he'll need to do better than this.

Full Review… | April 8, 2016

It's not Shyamalan's fault -- he did his best with what he was given. He deserves another shot.

Full Review… | July 15, 2015

After Earth unfortunately still finds M. Night Shyamalan plodding through another dull, lifeless movie.

Full Review… | April 17, 2015

After a not very impressive crash sequence, the film settles into a running battle between young Master Smith and a series of CGI monsters, a schema that sounds tiresome, and is.

Full Review… | May 2, 2014
Irish Independent

The dialogue is as wooden as the acting, and the plot is just silly. Truly, the only thing the film has going for it are some occasionally cool special effects.

Full Review… | May 2, 2014
People Magazine

Audience Reviews for After Earth


Though far from the complete disaster that most critics claim it to be, this flawed star vehicle suffers from a terrible performance by Jaden Smith and a sloppy script plagued by badly conceived narrative elements in a very predictable, unsatisfying story.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

Boredom, as it relates to film, occurs when the audience is unable and unwilling to care about the story. After Earth is a prime example of a boring movie. Its premise is set up in broad strokes, never giving the audience time to believe in it. It's too violent for kids and too childish for the summer crowd. Lastly, the whole film feels tailor made to turn Jaden Smith into the next big star, and based on his performance here, that is an expectation he is unable to meet and does not deserve. Even if it isn't as bad as it's been made out to be, After Earth is still instantly forgettable.

Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

I didn't hate this. I guess that I heard so many terrible reviews, that I was expecting a real stinker. The only weakness in this film was the quality of the animals. With today's CGI abilities, the DIRECTOR could have done a lot better in this area, especially with the big budget this film boasted. Story line, and acting were up to par. M. Shyamalan needs to give up making movies...he is poison.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

After Earth Quotes

General Cypher Raige: We are all telling ourselves a story.
– Submitted by Amrit A (2 years ago)
General Cypher Raige: Danger is very real but fear is a choice.
– Submitted by Amrit A (2 years ago)
General Cypher Raige: Fear is not real. The only place that fear can exist is in our thoughts of the future. It is a product of our imagination, causing us to fear things that do not at present and may not ever exist.
– Submitted by Amrit A (2 years ago)
General Cypher Raige: Do you know where we are?
Kitai Raige: No, sir.
General Cypher Raige: This is Earth.
– Submitted by Nick F (2 years ago)

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