One thousand years after cataclysmic events forced humanitys escape from Earth, Nova Prime has become mankinds 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 Kitais craft, they...more
One thousand years after cataclysmic events forced humanitys escape from Earth, Nova Prime has become mankinds 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 Kitais 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. less
“After Earth has good visuals but the sluggish pace and uninspired story make it yet another disappointing effort by M. Night Shyamalan.”
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When was the last time Manoj Night Shyamalan dazzled you? You wouldn't probably remember because it's been a while. Known for his highly underrated films such as Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs, Shymalan's tryst with luck has not been in his favour for very long time now. While all his recent films failed to generate box-office limelight, Manoj's latest directorial flick "After Earth" dazzles partly, but fails to impress.
I wonder why most sci-fi films start with a voice-over narration. Is it because most filmmakers assume that audiences need a prologue to every sci-fi story, which in most cases is beyond human understanding? Whatever the reason may be, I find it extremely illogical to spoon-feed the viewers in order to appreciate the efforts of a filmmaker.
As the title suggests, After Earth is the story of a father and son, who crash-land on Earth en route to Ethos in a dynamic spacecraft. Planet Earth is no longer inhabited by humans as it has been already taken over by a killer species, with razor fangs called 'Ursas'. In fact, every living creature on earth is now a threat to humans. The only way to exit from earth is by fixing the damaged spacecraft. Since the crash-land has left father Cypher Raige severely injured, it becomes the responsibility of son Kitai Raige to locate the tail end of the ship that could possibly take them off the planet.
First thing first, the film boasts some stunning cinematography and computer-generated imagery. Shyamalan teleports us to an unknown land and manage to entice everybody with outstanding visual effects. That's pretty much what is worthy of any mention because the rest of it is proof to the declining filmmaking skills of the director who seems to have hit a roadblock in his once flourishing career.
While trying to paint a post-apocalyptical story, Shyamalan merges familial value into the screenplay by harping on the father-son relationship. We have already seen the best of Will and Jaden in Pursuit of Happyness, and everybody loved it. In After Earth, however, the relationship between the two doesn't appear as naturally as it was portrayed in their first collaboration.
Probably because Jaden was just a kid back then and his performance was casual. More than family, it is the need to have someone by your side, is what Manoj hopes to put across to his viewers.
It's the uninspiring story with an extended plot that makes you cringe in your sets is probably why this film failed to impress. Despite good performances by Will and Jaden, After Earth is just not that Shyamalan you want to see and feel good about.