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Review: After Earth

Updated: Monday, June 3 2013, 06:46 PM CDT
By Ken The Critic @kenthecritic

Grade: B

I believe the Science Fiction genre is on the up. It seems like the screenwriters have been taking the time to polish the scripts a little more than usual. During a time when After Earth is sandwiched between Oblivion and Elysium, people are going to notice which film rises to the occasion. Even though it’s somewhat slow, which probably could have been changed with a subplot, this film stands solid. 

In After Earth, humankind has been forced to another planet called Nova Prime due to destructive events that turned earth into a place where every creature on it is trained to kills humans. General Cypher Raige (Will Smith) comes homes after being away on duty for a lengthy time. There’s a distance between him and his 13 year old son, Kitai (Jaden Smith). They board a ship for a new duty, but when it is demolished from an asteroid storm, Cypher gets injured with 2 broken legs and may die. He recruits Kitai to recover the rescue beacon that is located in the tail of their ship, which is located 100 kilometers away. 

The plot is simple, but the message is very strong. Courage and admitting to your mistakes dominate the theme of this movie. “Fear Is A Choice” is the slogan and brands the movie. When Kitai fails to achieve ranger status in the beginning of the film, the only way to go is up.  This is Jaden Smith’s movie. He’s just as much the star here as he was in The Karate Kid and never falls in his father’s shadow. He really is a born actor. Although this is a M. Night Shyamalan film, don’t expect a twist like he’s famous for doing. It’s probably because Will Smith had this idea and hired M. Night Shyamalan to direct this film instead of the other way around. You will probably see a lot more stories of After Earth because there are already talks to make a second film along with video games, graphic novels, and books.

To check out the trailer:
http://www.afterearth.com  

Ken’s Movie Review Grading Scale

A – Superb and solid; a movie that will be etched in your mind 10 years from now

B – Good movie, so good in fact that you would want to see it again before it’s out of the        theaters; the story may drag in places

C – Average, entertaining at parts; you might want to wait and rent it

D – Lacks a lot from entertainment, plot, realism, development, etc.

F – Terrible and you will want to walk out of the movie; no redemptive qualities whatsoever   Review: After Earth


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