June 1, 2013 at 12:35 AM (childcare and child protection, climate studies, current news, environmental issues, extraterrestrial studies, human life issues, movie reviews, science and technology, social opinion, terrestrial studies, web gossip)
It was aiight! I had a good time watching it. I can see where some of the critics say it was overblown, yet it was meant to be a bit off the hinges. After all, it is a film directed by M. Night Shyamalan, so… you get what you get…. and you will enjoy it! Shyamalan did the direction of After Earth, while the production of the film was in the hands of The Mr. and Mrs. Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, along with her brother, Caleeb Pinkett, and, Mr. Will Smith’s business associate, Mr. James Lassiter.
Anyhow. The plot goes with the idea of all of humanity choosing to leave Earth in the year 2025, after we have ultimately f-ed up the planet! (That actually is not enough time for us to have developed intergalactic space travel, or to have located another habitable world for the entire planetary population, but that is another story….) After one thousand years have passed, we have managed to find another world to infest, I mean to populate, called Nova Prime. It is the year 3000, and society is patrolled by a system known as The Ranger Corps.
Cypher Raige (Will Smith) is the lead general of The Ranger Corps. He is known for being strict and a stern disciplinarian. His son is Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith), who just has been recruited into The Corps. This is an issue for Cypher because he sees his son as a child without discipline, while always into mischief. Meanwhile, Kitai yearns for his father’s respect, attention, and most of all, his love, as he attempts t become the strongest ranger that has been seen in this corps.
Cypher engages in a discussion with his wife, Faia (Sophie Okonedo), about their son. Faia pleads with Cypher, urging him to see that Kitai wants his respect and his love. She requests of her husband to take their son with him on his next training mission, and Cypher agrees. Cypher sets forth with Kitai to a location that is unfamiliar to the younger Raige, yet the father does identify to his son as to where they have arrived…. Earth!
Indeed, in truth, not enough time has passed for creatures to have evolved into enormous dino-birds, or animals of unrecognizable features to be meandering about the planet. A mere one thousand years is not enough time for evolution to take hold for drastic changes in appearance of anything to happen. A wolf will still be a wolf, a snake will still be a snake, a bird will still be a bird, so that part of the story is bullshit! However, there was a bit of allure to the story in the idea of the fact that humanity should keep in mind that continuous damage to the planet at our hands will lead to a probable need to evacuate Earth! If that is the case, where will we go?