After Earth


After Earth

Critics 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 (203) | Top Critics (44)

  • 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…
  • The problem is that the film is chockful of clichés and stymied by production design and CG effects that look as if the worst of the Star Wars series was being devoutly copied.

    Jun 7, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | 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…
  • An unqualified disaster in the purest sense.

    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…

Audience Reviews for After Earth

  • Jun 22, 2016
    What was a pretty cool idea from M. Night Shyamalan, became Will Smith's vehicle to give his son an "I Am Legend" type film. Was supposed to convey struggle but then strong bond between father and son really got lost in translation of sci-fi action and you really can't dig your way out of it by the end. Good special effects though. Jaden Smith is definitely not on the same level of his father as far as acting talent is concerned.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 30, 2015
    When the spaceship carrying Kitai(Jaden Smith) and his father Cypher(Will Smith) crashes, they are the only survivors. To make matters worse, the emergency beacon is in the other half of the spaceship, several days hike across a hazardous planet full of things that want to eat them. That becomes increasingly necessary considering Cypher suffered a compound fracture in the crash which even 30th century medicine has no quick fix for. And that big alien thingie they were giving a ride to might still be alive and waiting for Kitai out there. Even if "The 100" had not cornered the market on post-apocalyptic generational and parental issues, there would still be little reason to recommend "After Earth." That's how heavily contrived and predictable it is. Yes, yes, we get it. Kitai really needs to prove himself to his father. But at the same time, you don't have to travel half way across the galaxy to find an emotionally remote father. All of which makes for a waste of perfectly fine production design.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2014
    Just bad in every way that a film can be.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 02, 2014
    Not as bad as many who made out it was. There are certain sci-fi elements within this film I thought worked well along with the visual approach and effort. However this particular film is not without its incredible flaws; hardly enough drama compensate dull storytelling and unlikable characters, not even enough conveniences within the plot points redeem the film much. Overall this is a mediocre film worth watching only for its action, effects, and visual appeal.
    Luke E Super Reviewer

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