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

"As drama, After Earth offers no surprises; as action, it's rarely stimulating; as a parenting manual, it seems that Will has thrown Jaden into water that's a little too deep."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"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
"After a not very impressive crash sequence, the film settles into a running battle between young Master Smith and a series of CGI monsters, a schema that sounds tiresome, and is."
‑ Paul Whittington, Irish Independent
"The results are mixed."
‑ Luke Mullen, Film School Rejects
"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
"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/Vulture
"The dialogue is as wooden as the acting, and the plot is just silly. Truly, the only thing the film has going for it are some occasionally cool special effects."
‑ Alynda Wheat, People Magazine
"Calling After Earth the worst film ever made may be overstating things, but it's a disaster zone of Chernobyl-esque proportions."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
"Does not enhance reputations or entrance audiences despite, or because of, pretentions to being larger than pure adventure."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"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
"Shyamalan mostly stays out of the way, but he still makes himself known, and not in good ways."
‑ Matt Prigge, Metro
"The effects are second-hand stuff from Alien and Star Trek, spliced with Shyamalan's regular homilies on Personal Growth."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"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
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