After Earth


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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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) Sony

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Will Smith
as General Cypher Raige
Jaden Smith
as Kitai Raige
Zoë 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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Critic Reviews for After Earth

All Critics (202) | 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.

May 2, 2014 | Full Review…

A sci-fi drama of such incredible boredom that your synapses will be turned to Bostik, featuring a triple-whammy of abysmal acting, directing and story.

Jun 6, 2013 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Most disappointing is the film's lack of ambition, as what could have been a sparky mainstream space opera becomes just another tedious jungle chase movie.

Jun 4, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The movie takes off from a concept as basic as a videogame, and it sticks to that concept, without surprise.

May 31, 2013 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

A film in which the text and subtext-an effortlessly gifted father presses his less-talented son to follow in his footsteps-are in perfect alignment. Alas, only in one of the two does the story end happily.

May 31, 2013 | Full Review…

By the standards of M. Night's Shyamalan's recent films, After Earth is surprisingly not horrible.

May 31, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for After Earth


When hi-powered talent arrives one is given to expect major fireworks and so it's a bit of a letdown when only a sparkler goes off. Although well intentioned this space opera only lacks a convincing lead and a story. The seed is there but is plucked perhaps too soon. Try, try again. Still, not as terrible as some have described it, and is not inedible.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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
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.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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