Ploddingly paced exercise in sentimental sci-fi

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.

Movie: After Earth
Genre: Sci Fi
Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

Cast: Will Smith, Jayden Smith, Sophie Okonedo, Zöe Kravitz, Sacha Dhawan

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. After Earth is a dull, ploddingly paced exercise in sentimental sci-fi -- and the latest setback for director M. Night Shyamalan’s once-promising career, noted Rotten Tomatoes. Something you might watch only once.

 

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