‘After Earth’ TV Spot: Survival On an Abandoned World

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Few directors have had professional journeys as dispiriting as M. Night Shyamalan (The Last Airbender), who has gone from Hollywood darling to punchline in less than a decade. Despite carrying very little of his previous directorial heft, Shyamalan has been given the reins of a potentially quite interesting summer blockbuster in After Earth.

After Earth follows the young, would-be space ranger Kitai Raige as he joins his estranged father Cypher for an interstellar journey. A freak accident crashes their starship on Earth, which has been quarantined for over a thousand years. With Cypher disabled and dying, Kitai must brave a hostile, transformed world for both of their survival.

Shyamalan directs After Earth from a script he co-wrote with Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli). The movie stars the real-life father-and-son team of Will (Men in Black 3) and Jaden Smith (The Karate Kid). It will also feature appearances by Zoë Kravitz (X-Men: First Class) and Kristofer Hivju (Game of Thrones).

After Earth Unknown Creature After Earth TV Spot: Survival On an Abandoned WorldThere is little in this short, effects-heavy preview that hasn’t been seen before in previous trailers. A notable exception is a quick shot of a creature more thoroughly alien than any of the other beasts threatening our survivors – indicating that there may have been an outside influence on Earth’s initial evacuation.

Despite his current reputation as a helmer of groan-worthy bombs, Shyamalan can still be a stylish and capable director. He was apparently hand-picked by Will Smith to shepherd After Earth, and it helps that he wasn’t the primary scriptwriter for the project. With any luck, After Earth will show off the chops that first made him famous.


After Earth will land in theaters on June 7th, 2013.

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  2. I actually am looking forward to this movie. I am not a fan of Jaden Smith but his acting isn’t the worst. I like Science Fiction films and this looks like it has a good story line and it isn’t a reboot so I will give it a shot.

  3. I’ve been wondering if they just don’t know how evolution works (since this takes place in a couple thousand years, right?)Or if the animals have been mutated by some outside force and if some are alien. This should be pretty interesting. I’m all for Shyamalan’s redemption.

    • I’m guessing some kind of alien contaminant/infestation since it’s after Earth’s been quarantined for 1,000 years. Where in any description of this film does it say anything about evolution. I think you want to hate this so badly that you made that up in your head to justify it.

      • Uhhh… Will Smith going “everything has EVOLVED to kill humans” maybe?

        Still looking forward to it though. It’s gonna be great.

    • Are you kidding ? Evolution ? Oh boy. Are we evolution from an ape ? Absolutely not! Maybe an atheist believer are. Silly.

  4. I like what I’ve seen thus far. I’m definitely going to see this one in the theater.

  5. Funny thing is, other than The Last Airbender, I’ve enjoyed every other Shyamalan movie so the only thing that would keep me from seeing this is Jaden Smith. He’s like the new Shia LeBeouf, annoying, can’t act and every movie he’s in, you root for the villain to kill him quickly to save the movie from being a total disaster while wondering how he gets work.

    Except in this case, we know how Jaden gets work. His dad gets him jobs in movies he’s starring in/producing.

    • I think I’m in the minority in that I’ve enjoyed each of S’s movies. I was actually hoping for an Airbender sequel. Shh! Don’t tell. What I like about S (overlooking his trick final act gimmicks) is his ability to streamline his stories to exclude distracting, superfluous elements. My simple mind appreciates that kind of direct, stripped-down story-telling.

  6. Come on, look at the head on that thing, it looks like the baby Xenomorph. I’m looking forward to this film though.

  7. So the twist at the end is the entire thing is a video game. Thats my prediction.

    • I know how you feel my first instinct was telling me that it will all end up being a simulation that Will Smith’s character is using to train his son…..

  8. So I have a friend who works in the business. He stated that the kids acting is Sooooooooo bad that they are trying to edit his scenes down. I dont see how that will happen since he is the main character. It surprised me since he was ok in the karate kid.

  9. CGI animals never look right.

    • I think the tiger in Life of Pi looked pretty good.

  10. I’m willing to give this a shot because of Will Smith, by Shymalanadingdong directing does have me worried.

  11. It looks pretty mediocre and tepid… See Jaden Smith run around a CGI landscape fighting unconvincing creatures in a plot hung together by cliches from other movies which were far superior such as The Road, Planet of the Apes and Aliens… Its no Elysium or for that matter Oblivion which just sneeks ahead due to the casting of Morgan Freeman.

    • Elysium is just a hi-tech rip-off of John Boorman’s film Zardoz, but instead of Sean Connery running around in red underpants it’s got the ‘transformers’ for no other reason than the director has a thing for CGI robots. None of these big budget 2013 sci-fi projects are remotely interesting or original. The only slight positive of A.E. is that Shyamalan is a master at creating atmosphere and suspense, so as long as the movie itself is low on plot and characterisation and full of creepy scenes of J. Smith being stalked through the forest (ala Bryce Howard in the Village or Mad Mel in his cornfield in Signs) then it should provide a couple of hours of edge of your seat entertainment.

      • Actually Elysium comes from Battle Angel Alita (Japanese Manga) that James Cameron wants to direct but is getting tied up with Avatar.

        Same concept of a world outside of earth that feeds off of its resources. If you you haven’t read it I suggest your do.

        Anyways this looks like it will be interesting. So far its worth a Ticket!

  12. Personally I refuse to see this movie because Will Smith continuously forces his no talent kid into our faces just because he IS Will Smith and he wants that hack to become a rich Hollywood leading man just like his daddy. I like Will Smith but his kid has absolutely no business in front of the camera. The kid totally ruined “The Day The Earth Stood Still”, it looked like they added him after the entire movie was already shot, he didn’t fit in at all I still can’t figure out why he was there except for daddy buying him the part.

  13. Jaden Smith has no talent and I will not watch anything with him in it.