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After Earth

sci-fi & fantasy


Far in the future, a young boy and his estranged father navigate an abandoned planet on which their space ship crashed.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    11%
  • Audience Score
    38%

common sense

ON for kids age 12
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
Language
1 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Sex
1 out of 5
Positive role models
4 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5

Exciting sci-fi action and warm father-son bonding.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that After Earth -- which stars Will Smith and his son Jaden and was directed by M. Night Shyamalan -- is a scary monster movie with a few dead bodies and some blood. The alien monster is grotesque, overpowering, and able to trick humans into feeling fear, and viewers see a few of his human victims impaled on tree branches. No main characters die, but a majestic eagle who saves a boy's life sacrifices its own to do so, and viewers see animal carcasses. Punctuating the exciting and violent sci-fi action are laughs and scenes of strong family warmth and bonding, strong role models, and positive life lessons learned.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about movies set in the future. What makes them so appealing? Which are your favorites?
  • Was the violence and blood shown in After Earth necessary to tell the story? What other ways filmmakers can create excitement=?
  • How does Kitai overcome his fear? Is there something you're afraid of that keeps you from realizing your potential? Teens: Have your parents given you words of wisdom that you rely on in tough times?
  • Compare Earth today, with all its majestic beauty and dangers, to the planet that the Raige family lives on. The future world looks pretty sweet and has lots of cool tech. Is there anything on today's Earth worth trying to save?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    11%
    reviews counted: 20
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  • Audience

    38%

Top Critic Reviews

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

Audience Reviews

2 stars

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

2 stars

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

2 stars

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