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Rotten: Much of Will's dialogue consists of life lessons imparted to the boy, and they sound like a motivational seminar.
- Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, Thursday, May 30, 2013
Rotten: There is no small irony that this sci-fi action adventure is about surviving a serious crash. The scorched earth left behind by "After Earth" is sure to leave a scar on everyone involved.
- Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Thursday, May 30, 2013
Rotten: 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.
- Christopher Orr, The Atlantic, Friday, May 31, 2013
Cypher Raige: Do you know where we are? This is earth. I have been fairly vocal about two films I have been looking forward to this year from filmmakers who have been written off by almost everyone. The first was Pain & Gain, which I found to be interesting, but director Michael Bay's style was still a component that hurt the film overall. Now I have seen the second film I was surprised to find myself looking forward to, After Earth, the latest feature from director M. Night Shyamalan. I wish I could have found myself enjoying the film more, but there is a real lack of energy in this fairly somber coming-of-age/survival story about a father and son stranded on a foreign land (which happens to be Earth). The problem is pretty simple, for a movie that talks about fear being a choice, After Earth is afraid of doing anything truly radical, settling instead for minimalist concept that disregards being anything more than functional. read the whole review at thecodeiszeek.com
- DrZeek, Saturday, June 1, 2013
Though the film is somewhat a step higher than director M. Night Shyamalan's recent slumps, it still results in blockbuster blunder and failure. After Earth is a watered-down sad attempt at a sci-fi epic. The film's inconsistency and open-ended plot/story leaves the audiences hanging and confused. No doubt Will Smith & Jaden Smith's chemistry as father & son is there, but the acting could somewhat improved as it appeared flustered. Visually a remarkable film, but that's all it can give as the film disappoints. 2.5/5
- fb1442511448, Saturday, June 1, 2013
Will Smith and his son Jaden do their second film together after 2006's heart-tugger The Pursuit of Happyness. This time in direction by M. Night Shyamalan, whose name has come to be associated with disappointment and a growing case of hubris. After Earth, in spite of all the goodwill I harbor towards Will Smith, is sadly no exception. At the outset, the synopsis of the film sounded relatively interesting. The tale of Cypher and Kitai, a father and son estranged by the father's extensive war service, long years away from his family. All against the backdrop of a subsistence where mandkind, thousand years into the future, have left Earth behind and taken lock, stock and barrel into space. Striking images of a visually exhilarating, post-apocalyptic adventure, piqued and colored my gullible fantasies. Could it possibly be Shyamalan's great comeback, after a decade characterized by ludicrous blunders? We should be so lucky. Instead of, like any proper director, harnessing the charisma of Smith the older, he has assigned him with a thanklessly passive role when Cypher and Kitai, by a disastrous event, crash-lands on Earth. Injured in the accident, dad sends out his not-so-gifted son to recover a rescue beacon, while he sits back looking miserable for the remainder of the film. Any potential the story had for meaningful father-son-bonding, is soon overwhelmed by CGI baboons and a wooden script. Watchable (with narrow margin) only with credit to its eye-pleasing mise-en-scne and the Smiths' serviceable interplay. Earlier this week I caught the re-release of Steven Spielberg's timeless masterpiece Jurassic Park. To make the jump from that to this is like trading the champagne for warm Dr. Pepper. A contemporary antithesis, if not to say sobering lesson in how not to set up a sci-fi-outing. What if Shyamalan, in his next endeavor, delivered a film with engaging acting and natural-sounding dialogue? Wouldn't that be his best twist yet? http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mikes-Movie-Reviews/281824101875153?ref=hl
- CloudStrife84, Sunday, June 9, 2013