One thousand years after cataclysmic events forced humanity's escape from Earth, Nova Prime has become mankind's 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 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.
Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan
. Starring: Jaden Smith
, Will Smith
, Sophie Okonedo
, Zoë Kravitz
, Glenn Morshower
, Kristofer Hivju
, Sacha Dhawan
, Chris Geere
, Diego Klattenhoff
, David Denman
, Lincoln Lewis
, Jaden Martin
, Sincere L. Bobb
. Music by: James Newton Howard
Shyamalan has done great movies, like 'The Sixth Sense', 'Unbreakable', and 'Signs'. Those were his first three movies. His next movie, 'The Village', wasn't so great, though. Then, his next three movies: 'Lady in the Water', 'The Happening', and 'Avatar: The Last Airbender' were horrible. In fact, the last movie he produced: 'Devil' was not directed or produced by him, because his last three movies were so bad. Now, three years later, 'After Earth', an . Shyamalan movie comes out. It stars Jaden Smith as Kitai Raige and Will Smith as Cypher Raige. It has an 11% Rotten Tomatoes critic score, and a 43% Rotten Tomatoes user score, both negative. I didn't see what was wrong with movie. I loved it.
Overall I thought that 'After Earth' was a great movie. It started out a little slow and boring, but it made up for it later. It also didn't really explain why they had to leave Earth. The beginning was used to introduce the character's well, though. You learn about why things are a little broken between Kitai and Cypher. You also learn a few things that explain the way people are later in the movie when Kitai has to go through Earth by himself. So, I thought that part was kind of useful.
Later, when the space ship crashes, it starts getting exciting. There are a few variables that weren't shown in the trailer that showed up in this movie, and they were awesome! It was a perfect add-on to the story. Anyway, it takes a little bit of action build-up after they land before the real action starts. The advanced technology they use in this movie is pretty cool, and that's introduced in action build-up. So here's our movie. It's a good idea, it has a lot of potential, and it could go very wrong, or become a great movie. It became a great movie.
Later, Kitai is running through Earth to get somewhere, and everything is perfectly planned out. He runs into some unexpected things, though, and that causes intense action sequences. I thought those action sequences were alright, but they could have been better. Some clever things happen in that part, some very cool. There were a lot of inconveniences for Kitai in that section, which kept the movie interesting, but they got a little old. I thought they could have had better things happen then. It was like there would be a few good things would happen, then a few bad things would happen. It was almost evened out by the good and bad things. I liked that part, but it could have been a bit better. It wasn't done the best either. It was entertaining, but I was almost busy thinking about how I would've liked it a lot better if it did something different.
The past paragraph was about the beginning of the Earth section of the movie. Now, past that, it starts to get better. ore things happen quicker than others, and they get more entertaining and intense. Some things between the father-son relationship and that causes Kitai to do things that are very dangerous, and that drama really worked and they prevailed at it. Shyamalan nailed these things in the movie. This is where the movie really started getting good. There are big things that happen, and very, very cool things that happened. I very much enjoyed that part. There became a bit of an enemy-friend relationship between Kitai and a bird, which was something I've never seen before, but it was kind of stupid. There were some fighting scenes around that part between Kitai and some other animals. They were intense, and in this part you rooted for him. This part was awesome.
Right after the scene I was just talking about, it's able to retain the awesomeness of the past few scenes. Something bad happens for the characters, and it actually makes the movie better. That causes more bad things to happen... but then you kind of get tired of bad things happening, but it's still entertaining. After that, the relationship between Kitai and the bird turns into something weird. It was unrealistic and stupid, but I was able to get past that. It did save the story, though, so it kind of had to happen because of what the story was put into with the past events. After that, the ending came, and it was dazzling and amazing.
The beginning of the end part of the movie, it was kind of boring, and something you were waiting for the whole movie, was ruined. It got kind of sad, but mostly boring. I liked one little thing in it, but it didn't make up for the rest of the part of the end. A few problems were fixed, though, and for Kitai and Cypher to be saved, there's only one thing Kitai has to do. I thought they made a clear path for the very end, and they almost couldn't have done that better. It got the movie out of the hole it had buried itself in. The resolution for those problems was nearly perfect. After that comes the very end of the Earth part, which was an amazing action scene scene and had something in it that was dazzling and nearly perfect.
After Earth turned out to be a great movie, which was a 910. There were a few too many problems and bad things in it for it to be excellent, but still, I loved it. I have no idea what the problem with this movie was and why everyone hated it.
Review by jeffrey-utley
from the Internet Movie Database.