After Earth (12A)



SciFi (2013)
100mins US

Starring: Will Smith, Jaden Smith, Zoe Kravitz, Sophie Okonedo
Director: M Night Shyamalan
Writer(s): Gary Whitta, M Night Shyamalan
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

In the distant future, Earth is a devastated wasteland, uninhabited by humans who have relocated to Nova Prime in another solar system. A peacekeeping force known as The Ranger Corps protects this new community, led by valiant General Cypher Raige. The military man's son Kitai trains to become a member of The Ranger Corps but his application is rejected. So Cypher's wife Faia implores her husband to bond with Kitai during a voyage into space but the subsequent mission ends in disaster.

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After Earth (12A)

Jaden Smith, left, and WIll Smith star in Columbia Pictures' After Earth is a family affair, reuniting Will and Jaden Smith for the first time since the saccharine 2006 drama, The Pursuit Of Happyness. M Night Shyamalan's sci-fi blockbuster is a perfect vehicle for Smith Snr to pass on the mantle, combining elements of I Am Legend and Independence Day with a deeply human story of a soldier struggling to connect with his grief-stricken child. There are some lovely, tender moments in Shyamalan's script, co-written by Gary Whitta, that draw heavily on the natural chemistry between the leads. Unfortunately, the demands of a summer blockbuster and the film's epic scope, achieved through a blitzkrieg of digital effects, tend to overwhelm that fragile and sometimes heartbreaking humanity...

In the distant future, Earth is a devastated wasteland, uninhabited by humans who have relocated to Nova Prime. This new planet is also home to an alien race called The Skrel, which views the interlopers as vermin. So the Skrel unleash The Ursa: hideously deformed creatures, which track humans by scenting pheromones excreted by fear. One man, General Cypher Raige (Will Smith) from The Ranger Corps, learns to overcome his fear through a phenomenon called "ghosting", which allows him to walk amongst the Ursa, undetected, slaughtering these killing machines without mercy. Cypher's son Kitai (Jaden Smith) trains to become a member of The Ranger Corps in order to assuage his guilt about the death of his older sister (Zoe Isabella Kravitz). While Cypher is emotionally cold and logical, Kitai is passionate and reckless, and his application to the Corps is rejected. So Cypher's wife Faia (Sophie Okonedo) implores her husband to bond with Kitai during a final mission before retirement. A freak asteroid storm badly damages their spaceship, which crash-lands on Earth. Cypher and his boy are the only survivors. With his father critically ill, Kitai must put his training into practice and keep a cool head to retrieve a rescue beacon and alert HQ to their dire predicament.

Set 1,000 years after cataclysmic events that almost snuffed out mankind, After Earth is a rites of passage story viewed largely through the eyes of a boy desperate to impress his idol. That central relationship is the glue that holds Shyamalan's film together, when other elements including overblown action sequences threaten to tear the picture apart. While the characters only have to suppress fear to survive, the Two Smiths choose to eradicate almost all tangible emotion from their respective performances. We should be thankful that Shyamalan's unfortunate experience with 3D on The Last Airbender steered the director away from employing the same format here. A menagerie of computer-generated apes, big cats and birds of prey, which hunt Kitai on futuristic Earth, are shockingly unrealistic in 2D, let alone in eye-popping close-up.

- Jo Planter

Jaden Smith, left, and WIll Smith star in Columbia Pictures'


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