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After Earth

Rated PG-13 100 min. 2013

Set 1,000 years in the future, this half-baked sci-fi adventure is built around an intriguing notion: What if the planet, as an organism, evolved to to defend itself against the harmful human species? Sadly, the movie goes absolutely nowhere with this premise, focusing instead on father-and-son team Will and Jaden Smith and their futuristic Outward Bound adventure on a treacherous planet that looks like the local state park. All evidence suggests an out-of-control vanity project: The script, a collaboration between Will Smith and director M. Night Shyamalan, has the verve and sophistication of a rejected pulp magazine short story circa 1952. Will stars as stalwart general Cypher Raige—that's right, Cypher Raige—and Jaden is literally a space cadet. One interesting note: Jaden fights off the beasties with a weirdo nanotech Swiss-army sword, and this may be the first sci-fi action picture in the history of the genre that has no guns at all.

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Director: M. Night Shyamalan

Writer: Will Smith, Gary Whitta and M. Night Shyamalan

Producer: Caleeb Pinkett, Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith, James Lassiter and M. Night Shyamalan

Cast: Will Smith, Jaden Smith, Sophie Okonedo, Zoƫ Isabella Kravits, Lincoln Lewis, Sacha Dhawan, Chris Geere, Isabelle Fuhrman, Kristofer Hivju and David Denman


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