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 … More

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
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as Kitai Raige

as Senshi Raige

as Faia Raige

as Commander Velan

as Running Cadet

as Hesper Pilot

as Hesper Navigator

as Security Chief

as Private McQuarrie

as Nine-Year-Old Kitai

as Three-Year-Old Kitai

as Female Ranger

as Veteran Ranger

as General Cypher Raige
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Critic Reviews for After Earth

All Critics (188) | 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

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

Shyamalan mostly stays out of the way, but he still makes himself known, and not in good ways.

Full Review… | May 2, 2014

The results are mixed.

Full Review… | May 2, 2014
Film School Rejects

Audience Reviews for After Earth

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

Danger is real. Fear is a choice.

Not a bad movie! This was a great, entertaining, emotionally charged sci-fi flick and I enjoyed every minute of it. I admit I was caught into the M. Night hoopla and expected a twist ending but this one is just a straight forward mainstream adventure flick. One of the final scenes between father and son was near brilliant and almost brought tears to my eyes. The special effects were very well done and some of the monsters and beasts they created were epic in stature and should be looked at as being fun and well done. I guess I just don't understand the expectations people had from this. It seems that people have a real grudge against young entertainers like Jaden Smith but I am not one of them and I encourage you if you love sci-fi to watch this and simply enjoy it.

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.

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

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