Better than the original, but not by much. The only real improvement is the production value and minor changes to the story. Plus it's easier for me to relate to this version because it's been westernized. However the story is just as fucked up as in the original and it left me just as unfulfilled and depressed.
Now this is something interesting, on the one hand it's utter pulp and on the other hand it has true moments of brilliance. It takes incredible liberties with history and is all around nuts, but it's done in a way that makes it totally forgiveable. It's a pity though that despite cool effects, action and set design making it better than I expected it's still a B-movie. If more thought had gone into sound, acting, character and story development it might have been a huge success.
There are some genuine boring moments, but overall it's an emotionally taxing movie. What I found refreshing however is that this movie is very androcentric, it deals with a lot of shit men have endure in modern society. Frankly it's something that Hollywood pays little attention to and the way it's portrayed here, true to real life with great acting and directing, is admirable.
First off, why the fuck do Smith Sr and Jr have such a weird unbalanced accent?
Secondly, again with the 'humans are destroying the planet' and 'killing all the whales' propaganda?! Enough already, I paid to be entertained, not to be shamed for being a human!
It's hard for me to think of a Will Smith movie I disliked, but from now on this will be it. Will's presence is not pleasant nor endearing. It's hard to imagine that he is loved by his son, daughter and wife because he comes across as a cold-hearted, socially awkward sociopath. Smith's son did just as bad, but in a different way. I found myself not giving a shit about him at all, he looked like a spoiled little douche, no matter how hard I tried to remind myself that this was a movie.
The way they designed the future in this sci-fi is interesting, but it's some sort of weird bio-mechanic Africa meets Star Trek thingy. In the end it left me unsatisfied, because it was all so bleak.
The story is pretty weak, they have an accident, crash on old earth for some weird reason and somehow it has been transformed in a Jaden killing machine, which is rough since the little dude has to travel miles across it to find a holographic phone home beacon.
According to some this is a Scientology propaganda flick, if that's true that would be another reason for me to dislike this movie, but make up your own mind at: http://www.nextmovie.com/blog/after-earth-scientology/