Movie Review #435: After Earth

Take a knee…both of you!

I can’t seem to write anything about After Earth. It’s either I was mentally absent or I simply didn’t care enough to pay attention to what was going on. Bottom line is that it’s a bad film, but it’s not worth hating on as I’d rather just get on with my life.

In the latest example of Hollywood nepotism, a charismatic Will Smith portrays a dull and emotionless father and he was so good in that role. Jaden on the other hand plays the puppet ranger whose facial expressions suggest he was in excruciating pain most of the time. Both actors are not totally at fault – they actually try hard to bring out as much to their one-sided roles as they can. The film’s real problems can be traced back to the poor script and uninspired direction of the waning M. Night Shyamalan. He just can’t seem to get up on his feet as I have not liked a single film of his in the last 6 years. There are many ways to improve on the presentation and he had to choose the least interesting way to do so. This is not his worst project though, I mean, even though he failed at least the premise was inventive and promising. That title still belongs to The Happening which I unfortunately had to see during my birthday.

Going back to After Earth, there actually isn’t much to explore left as most of the things introduced aren’t actually needed. It’s a sci-fi that has some interesting ideas, yet its execution was subpar to the point that you lose interest in the movie altogether.

GRADE: C-

(so there you have it guys, Percy Jackson is still the worst film I’ve seen this 2013)

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