March 7 2013

After Earth Trailer Shows off the Smiths in Action

Are you ready for a big budget suckfest? Say hello to the After Earth trailer.

Will Smith is back to force one of his children – this time its Jaden – on the world, and along for the ride is the scourge of filmmaking, M. Night Shyamalan. If anything guarantees I won’t care for this film, it’s the inclusion of Shyamalan as a director. He has done one movie I liked, and it wasn’t The Sixth Sense. (It was actually Unbreakable.) For whatever reason he keeps getting high profile work even after a string of failures – Lady in the Water, The Happening and The Last Air Bender – but for some reason Hollywood keeps giving him tries at making another hit.

Here, let me save you the trouble, Hollywood… it’s not happening.

In After Earth, one thousand years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s escape from Earth, Nova Prime has become mankind’s new home. Legendary General Cypher Raige (played by Will Smith) returns from an extended tour of duty to his estranged family, ready to be a father to his 13-year-old son, Kitai (played by Jaden Smith). When an asteroid storm damages Cypher and Kitai’s 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.

After three scriptwriters worked on this, including Shamalangadingdong, this is what they come up with? A tired old sci-fi trope of someone dealing with an unfamiliar twist on the familiar? The estranged father from his kid who bends the rules?

How does this hack keep getting work?

After Earth hits theaters on June 7, 2013.

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