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
PG-13 (for sci-fi action violence and some disturbing images)
Action & Adventure , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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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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All Critics (191) | 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

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.

Full Review… | June 4, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | May 31, 2013
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 31, 2013
The Atlantic
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | May 31, 2013
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

It's no classic, but it's a special movie: spectacular and wise.

Full Review… | May 31, 2013
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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.

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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