Monday, 25 November 2013

After Earth Review










After Earth


Release Date: 13th June 2013 - Australia


Production Companies
Columbia Pictures

Distribution
Sony Pictures Australia


Genre: Sci-Fi

Rating: M

Runtime: 100 minutes


Budget: $130,000,000

Box Office Gross: $243,843,127
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
A crash landing leaves Kitai
Raige and his legendary
father Cypher stranded on
Earth, 1,000 years after
cataclysmic events forced
humanity's escape. With
Cypher injured, Kitai must
embark on a treacherous
journey to signal for help.
They must learn to work
together and trust each
other, if they want any
chance of returning home.


Cast
Will Smith - Cypher Raige
Jaden Smith - Kitai Raige
Sophie Okonedo - Faia Raige
Zoe Kravitz - Senshi Raige
Glenn Morshower - Commander
Velan
Jaden Martin - 9-Year Old Kitai
David Denman - Private McQuarrie

Crew
Screenplay/Executive
Producer/Director - M. Night Shyamalan
Story - Will Smith
Screenplay - Gary Whitta
Producers - James Lassiter,
Jada Pinkett Smith, Caleeb
Pinkett and Will Smith
Co-Producer/Unit Production Manager/
First Assistant Director - John Rusk
Co-Producer - Ashwin Rajan
Production Designer - Thomas E. Sanders
Costume Designer - Amy Westcott
Cinematography - Peter Suschitzky
Visual Effects Supervisor: Tippett Studio -
Craig Barron
Visual Effects Supervisor - Jonathan Rothbart
Film Editor - Steven Rosenblum
Music - James Newton Howard


Review
What disappointed me the most was this film delivered a promise to be a new great sci-fi film and a depth that is unexplored. AFTER EARTH was a serving of boredom and dullness to the earthbound film-goers. I have would expect for more impact and more scenery from the infamous director M. Night Shyamalan. The man is back on the director's chair after his latest feature THE LAST AIRBENDER (click here) proved to be a fiasco according to all people such as critics and fanatics. This time, the director tries to improve himself and too bad he still fails miserably when he just couldn't do justice for this motion picture.

Signalling its only greatest strength is Will Smith whom he isn't the actor we knew for making up witty sarcasm in his previous acting efforts. He has made a very calm and serious portrayal of one of the main characters and is bound to happen when he's only one to enhance his exceptional talents. His son Jaden did not comprehend his own talents to the whole feature. Let's give him the excuse that he is just isn't worthy enough to live up his father's legacy, sorry Jaden, you did your best.

AFTER EARTH is not as bad as THE LAST AIRBENDER which is known for its disloyalty. It got me in surprise that this is an above average flick with no indication to greatness or to break the boundaries of cinematic originality.

Star rating: (3/5) Average


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