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Rotten: After Earth merits comparison with 2000's Battlefield Earth, John Travolta's godawful film tribute to the sci-fi novel by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. Yes, it's that bad.
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Thursday, May 30, 2013
This is a odd movie. Not odd like "man that was so different!" But odd in like "what the heck were they thinking?" Will Smith is one of the most charismatic actors alive, but here he is so boring. He is dull, lifeless, and looks like he would rather be asleep the entire movie. The plot is very basic, and could have been good, but I just think they went about it the wrong way. Anyway, this is about a future where all of humanity has left Earth after some cataclysmic events. Kitai(Jaden Smith) wants to be a ranger like his father(Will Smith), but isn't cutting it like he hoped he would. They then go on a ship together that is transporting a dangerous alien that feeds off of peoples fear. The ship crashes and lands on Earth. Cypher is badly hurt and must guide his son from the ship wreckage to a way to signal for help, while avoiding that alien and all the life form on Earth that wants to kill humans. It's a father/son survival movie, but the problem is it's so slow and boring. There isn't a lot of action, and the acting of both Smith's just isn't very good. I dunno what it is, but I think if this were directed by someone other than M. Night Shyamalan, this could have been better. M. Night used to be one of my favorite directors("Unbreakable" is amazing!), but has last 3-4 movies have all been pretty bad, and this continues that trend. This feels like a big opportunity missed. Just skip it til it's available at redbox or netflix.
- fb100000145236770, Wednesday, June 5, 2013
some of the most fun ive ever had watching a film that amounts to little more than a train wreck. the list of problems here is extensive, the plot was misused and underdeveloped. i couldnt hate it, but i cant say there is much about it i like either. a strong disappointment.
- sanjurosamurai, Sunday, June 9, 2013
There is something very nice about a Father and Son making films together that it is hard to dislike After Earth, even though it isn't very good. Will Smith grunts his way through, obviously letting his son have the limelight, a loving gesture, but unfortunately little Jaden Smith isn't ready to take on a leading role. He was good in the Karate Kid remake but this is a little too much too soon for the little mite. I could barely hear a word he was saying half the time, I can't help but think his panicked and nervous performance was more natural then it was acting. I'm sure the Smith family will treasure it forever but the rest of us will probably just forget that it exists within a couple of years.
- SirPant, Friday, November 22, 2013