Over the weekend I had a chance to see After Earth in theaters. After Earth is directed by M. Night Shyamalan, staring Jaden Smith, and Will Smith. I was going to write up my own synopsis for After Earth, but the one from IMDB.com really describes it best.
Synopsis form IMDB.com: A crash landing leaves Kitai Raige and his father Cypher stranded on
Earth, a millennium after events forced humanity's escape. With Cypher
injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help.
Recently I've been a little out of the loop with movies coming out. I work full time, I'm working on a house, and helping to plan a wedding. So sometimes it just gets tough to keep up. Now having said this, I was quite disappointed in myself when I realized After Earth was directed by M. Night Shyamalan, and had no idea until I saw his name pop up in the title sequence. That was a moment where I felt like my finger couldn't be further away from the pulse of Hollywood films. Usually the only time something like that would happen to me, I would be in the middle of a film project, and in those cases I'm okay with it because I'm working on bringing a story to life. I knew After Earth was coming out, but some how I missed who was directing it. I've always enjoyed M. Night Shyamalan films, and he's one of the few I try to keep up on.
When I saw the previews for After Earth, I wasn't really sure what to think about it. It felt like the film was more about Will Smith trying to make sure his son's name gets out there.While it still may have been something along those lines, I actually enjoyed the flick. It was definitely better than I thought it was going to be, even though I already while I watched the movie I was able to figure out how it was going to end. It was surprisingly more predictable than many of M. Night Shyamalan's other films. He tends to have twists at the end of a lot of them such as The Village, and Signs. It could also be that I'm too used to his films. Overall I give After Earth a 3.5 out of 5. It's worth seeing at least once, and it doesn't need to be in theaters when you see it.