Every so often a film comes along that really makes people wonder if someone (or in some cases, several ones) aren’t actually just trying to irritate the general public. A movie that seems to be making a conscious effort to incite its own backlash and/or more general negative response.
Is After Earth such a film? Well, so a few of the mutterings might suggest.
In fact, when all is said and done, this is a movie that may pull off a very strange sort of coup by way of getting people into seats, who are there hoping to dislike it. Seriously.
It isn’t bad enough that Will Smith teams up with his own son… again, but this is apparently a film that gives Will Smith a “story by” credit. That’s a serious demographic right there that is hoping to be able to blast the movie. Now add in M. Night Shyamalan, and we’re really on thin ice.
After a string of progressively goofier titles already had people going into Lady in the Water and The Happening hoping for something to hate (and having it served up on a silver platter), Shyamalan at least took a break from the “look how clever I am” twists, but didn’t win over a lot of fans with The Last Airbender.
Now we’re at not only a special “you got your goofball director in my nepotism” film, but it’s also some vanity project of Will Smith’s story with only people named Smith getting acting credits at all.
Good luck winning friends for this one.
But, does the trailer look any good?
Well, apart from the heavy voiceover trying to play too hard at the deep and wise soliloquy, it doesn’t look terrible. I’m decidedly nervous to discover what cutesy twist comes at the end, and I don’t know that I’m expecting Jaden Smith to be able to pull it off, but it looks fairly interesting.
See what you think though.
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In Theaters June 07, 2013
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.
Directed by : M. Night Shyamalan
Screenplay by : Gary Whitta and M. Night Shyamalan
Story by : Will Smith
Cast : Jaden Smith, Will Smith