After Earth (2013)

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Will Smith is back in M. Night Shyamalan’s Sci-fi thriller After Earth, playing opposite his real-life son Jaden Smith.

Set in the future, a crash landing leaves Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his legendary general father Cypher (Will Smith) stranded on a long forgotten Earth. This is one thousand years after a catastrophic event made all of humanity flee the planet. Earth now wild and overgrown, has a prehistoric feel to it. Father and son must survive the elements and avoid falling prey to earths now evolved and highly anti-human species. The film seems to be quite a family affair, being also produced by Caleeb Pinkett younger brother of actress Jada Pinkett Smith, wife and mother to Will and Jaden.

I have to admit the trailer doesn’t really grab me, and whilst Sci-fi’s with minimal character parts can and have worked in the past (I’m really thinking of the exceptional Duncan Jones’ Moon here), I don’t really have any interest to see this one. There doesn’t seem to be anything particularly new or exciting about this story. However that said you can’t judge a film solely from the trailer, and it’s worth noting the father and son pair teamed up previously for The Pursuit of Happiness (2006) that received an Oscar nod for Will.

After Earth is released in the UK on 7th June 2013

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