I'm a Sci-Fi junkie, especially space movies. Love 'em, the good and the bad. As much as I want to see After Earth on the big screen, I'm seriously torn between seeing this one in a theater or waiting until it's released "elsewhere". I really hate Will Smith's kids, and I don't want to contribute to their piggy banks by a single cent, and especially not their bankability in Hollywood. I want this to be Jaden's (and his sister's) last movie until they gain a few notches on the humility scale...and do something other than simply being Will Smith's kids.
Ok, I know hate is a strong word, but Willow and Jaden really get under my skin. From what I've read from around the web, I'm not alone in this feeling. That being said, I feel sorry for Will. He's a good man, with humble beginnings. He has worked his way into success, and he is proud of his kids like any father. Unfortunately, his love has blinded him to the fact that his kids are not well liked for what are, arguably, valid reasons. Unfortunately, I don't see my perception changing anytime soon.
So, that being said...onto the movie.
Synopsis: 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.
One thousand years after cataclysmic events forced humanity's escape from Earth, Nova Prime has become mankind's new home. Legendary General Cypher Raige returns from an extended tour of duty to his estranged family, ready to be a father to his 13-year-old son, Kitai. When an asteroid storm damages Cypher and Kitai's craft, they crash-land on a now unfamiliar and dangerous Earth. As his father lies dying in the cockpit, Kitai must trek across the hostile terrain to recover their rescue beacon. His whole life, Kitai has wanted nothing more than to be a soldier like his father. Today, he gets his chance."
There you go. Also, the director is M. Night Shyamalan. He's famous for Unbreakable, and infamous for some flops. Not sure how much of "Cypher" we will be seeing in this, so that may be another reason to skip.
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