New ‘After Earth’ Trailer: Jaden Smith Explores Post-Apocalyptic Earth

Published 2 years ago by , Updated March 15th, 2013 at 10:02 am,

First TRON: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski releases Oblivion starring Tom Cruise in April, followed two months later by M. Night Shyamalan unveiling his own post-apocalyptic sci-fi action/drama featuring an A-list lead, in the form of After Earth.

Shyamalan’s project takes place one thousand years after humanity has evacuated Earth, as a legendary warrior (Will Smith) and his inexperienced son (Jaden Smith) crash-land on the planet surface – forcing the latter to prove himself and seek help for his injured father, by exploring a mysterious world populated by lifeforms which have evolved to protect themselves from the human race.

After Earth marks the first occasion where Shyamalan did not direct his own script; he instead used an original screenplay written by Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli) and subsequently revised by Oscar-winner Stephen Gaghan (Traffic, Candy Store). In addition to The Smiths (the former Fresh Prince and son, not the band), the cast includes Zoë Kravitz (X-Men: First Class), Oscar-nominee Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda) and Isabelle Fuhrman (The Hunger Games).

Watch the new After Earth trailer, then check out the poster:

[Poster Removed at the Request of Columbia Pictures]

This second After Earth preview expands on the previous teaser by diving further into the father-son relationship, which serves as the core of Shyamalan’s sci-fi flick – on both the surface and a deeper thematic level, in keeping with the filmmaker’s traditional approach of using popcorn movies to explore heady philosophical ideas (to a fault, in his recent efforts). So far, though, Shyamalan seems to have brought his storytelling A-game to the table.

Meanwhile, the film’s vision of a long-abandoned Earth populated by creatures and flora stand apart as something evocative and relatively unique, even given certain similarities to recent sci-fi fare like Avatar. Could this indeed be the director’s long awaited return to form, after films like The Happening and The Last Airbender? Personally, I hope so, but I’m not willing to lay down money on that bet just yet.


After Earth opens in U.S. theaters on June 7th, 2013.


Source: Sony Pictures

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  1. Did anybody else get that Alien vibe, when Will Smith is telling his son the distance between him and the creature hunting him … “30 meters and closing.”

  2. Needs more CGI. Joking aside, it looks decent. I think it looks better than Oblivion actually, I’m a big fan of Will Smith and Tom Cruise so I’ll be seeing both films but I get the feeling I’ll like After Earth more.

  3. Need more info but how can 1000 years ready be enough for “all things evolved to kill humans” lol meh. That aside, what’s with their wierd accents? That was annoying.

    • that will confuse everyone but it’s listed on their website that not everyone was able to leave the planet (during the final days, maybe humans are still trying to survive (TWISTT ????? :P)

    • that will confuse everyone but it’s listed on their website that not everyone was able to leave the planet (during the final days), maybe humans are still trying to survive (TWISTT ????? :P)

      • sorry about the double post lol

  4. if im not mistaken, the music the plays at the beginning of the trailer is actually from deus ex

  5. I won’t bother going to see this but I might when it’s on TV.

    Unlike most others here, the only M Night movie I haven’t liked is the Avatar one that looked great but sucked big time and had complaints of racism from some corners.

    My only reason to pass on this completely is Jaden. I’ve seen two movies that featured him (The Day The Earth Stood Still and The Karate Kid) and with both movies, I really wished he’d get his ass kicked/get killed by Keanu Reeves. This movie won’t be any different.

  6. I’m getting bored of CGI, the animals look like cartoons…thats what spoilt ‘Legend’ for me. *sighs*

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