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.
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|Rating:||PG-13 (for sci-fi action violence and some disturbing images)|
|Genre:||Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy|
|Directed By:||M. Night Shyamalan|
|Written By:||Will Smith, Gary Whitta, M. Night Shyamalan|
|In Theaters:||May 31, 2013 Wide|
|On DVD:||Oct 8, 2013|
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Critic Reviews for After Earth
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.
If [Jaden Smith] wants a career in film, he'll need to do better than this.
It's not Shyamalan's fault -- he did his best with what he was given. He deserves another shot.
After Earth unfortunately still finds M. Night Shyamalan plodding through another dull, lifeless movie.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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