After Earth
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A crash landing leaves teenager Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his legendary father Cypher (Will Smith) stranded on Earth, 1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity's escape. With Cypher critically injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help, facing uncharted terrain, evolved animal species that now rule the planet, and an unstoppable alien creature that escaped during the crash. Father and son must learn to work together and trust one another if they want any chance of returning home. (c) Sony

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 11%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Most disappointing is the film's lack of ambition, as what could have been a sparky mainstream space opera becomes just another tedious jungle chase movie."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"By the standards of M. Night's Shyamalan's recent films, After Earth is surprisingly not horrible."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine
"There's an extended animated sequence where atop a high hill, Kitai is surrounded by helix swells of grackles and blackbirds, and the camera turns to reveal waves and waves of burly bison. To the wonder, ho!"
‑ Ray Pride, Newcity
"Pompous, humourless tosh."
‑ Dave Golder, SFX Magazine
"As the story moves along with an almost medicating dullness, so antiseptic and square and insulated from any fun or spark or non-self-seriousness, the entire movie has that plastic-wrap feel of a hermetically-sealed Hollywood vanity project."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"The movie takes off from a concept as basic as a videogame, and it sticks to that concept, without surprise."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"It's no classic, but it's a special movie: spectacular and wise."
‑ Matt Zoller Seitz, Chicago Sun-Times
"Does not enhance reputations or entrance audiences despite, or because of, pretentions to being larger than pure adventure."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"After Earth isn't the all-out disaster some would have you believe, but it certainly isn't the win Shyamalan sorely needs at this point. What happened to the guy who made Unbreakable?"
‑ Stephen Carty, Flix Capacitor
"The thinness of the story is its greatest undoing, culminating in an anticlimax that is distinctly unsatisfying."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"A film in which the text and subtext-an effortlessly gifted father presses his less-talented son to follow in his footsteps-are in perfect alignment. Alas, only in one of the two does the story end happily."
‑ Christopher Orr, The Atlantic
"It's impossible to take this movie seriously, certainly not as seriously as it takes itself."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"It seems proud of its predictability only because we should feel privileged to watch Will Smith and his son act in a second movie together."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Shyamalan's worst habits end up overwhelming the most formidable assets at his disposal: the Smiths."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"...a step in the right direction for beleaguered filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
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