After Earth

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How the mighty have fallen. We’re not just speaking of warrior-class father-son team Cypher and Kitai Raige (Will and Jaden Smith), the last survivors of a spaceship crash on a devastated, human-abandoned future Earth. We’re also talking about director M Night Shyamalan, whose name has been all but scrubbed from the marketing for this competent, occasionally stirring science-fiction adventure.

Fortunately, the very real lows of The Last Airbender (2010), the Sixth Sense director’s most previous foray into YA-fantasy territory, are relegated to a hilariously nonsensical opening voiceover. Instead, After Earth is primarily a fleet, focused two-hander that sidelines Smith père in a voice-of-God role, while Smith fils runs, jumps and flies. What undoes the film is its rather rancid parent-child sentimentality and a charisma-free performance from the younger Smith that suggests the apple has fallen very far from the tree. Keith Uhlich

By Time Out staff
Time Out Doha,

After Earth

  • Duration: 100
  • Released: Thu, 06 Jun
  • Classification: PG13
  • Language: English
  • Director: M. Night Shyamalan
  • Stars: Jaden Smith, Will Smith, Sophie Okonedo, Zoë Kravitz, Glenn Morshower, Kristofer Hivju, Sacha Dhawan, Chris Geere

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