The potential for this movie was incredibly high. A father and son fighting for survival on a hostile planet. This could’ve been a heartfelt drama. An edge of your seat thriller even. But no, this movie was boring and sometimes unbearable to watch. Yes, there were a few action scenes, but they were short.
M. Night Shyamalan did a horrible job at directing this movie because it could’ve been so much better. I never understand how he gets so much work and how simple the movies he’s directing are. Somehow he finds a way to screw up any movie.
After Earth takes place on another planet to start off. Earthlings have abandoned their planet to another one that can sustain human life. When they arrive on the planet, they find another race that is extremely deadly. Giant beast like aliens that smell fear inhabit it. The only hope at defeating these aliens is by defeating fear itself. By not being afraid the aliens can’t see us.
Will Smith plays a character whose name I can’t even pronounce. He knows how to eliminate fear from his body. All the back-story takes about 20 minutes and can easily be done without. That was a big problem I had with this movie. Way too many filler scenes. They could’ve easily thrown in a few lines and maybe a quick dream sequence to explain the past.
His son played by Jaden Smith is constantly filled with fear. He has no control of it and crashing on planet Earth doesn’t help that. They were on a simple planetary mission to another planet. I really didn’t catch all of it, but they were transporting an alien from the planet.
The Smiths were the only 2 survivors. The ship broke in half and a rescue beacon was on the tail end over 100 kilometers away. Will’s legs were badly broken and it is up to Jaden to venture off by himself to find the beacon.
There wasn’t much to this movie. It didn’t have memorable parts. No scenes that made you go “wow” and start cheering. There was only one line. It was when Will was talking to Jaden about fear. He says that fear is “a creation of our imagination” and I thought that was really cool, but not worth sitting through the entire movie to hear.
I’m going to give this movie a disappointing 1/5. The 1 is more because of the scenery and graphics. The trailer really made this movie a lot better than it really was. It was a beautiful looking movie. The problem is this movie could’ve been a lot better. It had almost an Oscar nominated type of idea going for it, but failed to deliver.