Courtesy to Nuffnang I get to watch After Earth last night. Not premier screening but still, free movie :P
A crash landing leaves teenager Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his legendary father Cypher (Will Smith) stranded on Earth, 1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s escape. With Cypher critically injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help, facing uncharted terrain, evolved animal species that now rule the planet, and an unstoppable alien creature that escaped during the crash. Father and son must learn to work together and trust one another if they want any chance of returning home.
I guess when you heard too many bad critic on this movie and you already lower down your expectation, the movie somehow turn out to be watchable. Nothing much to shout on After Earth. It is beautifully done CG but come with crappy story. The story by Will Smith and the director fail to create better chemistry between Cypher (Will Smith) and Kitai (Jaden Smith) as father and son. Ironic isn't? Dislike how monotone and expressionless can Cypher be in the movie even when he flash back about his own daughter. Side effect of learning ghosting maybe? Or he just pure cold and heartless.
With so advance technology from them (assuming from the architecture and space ship from their planet), their weapon is pretty shitty. A sugar cane alike wood that has 40+ configuration? and a Cutlas as main configuration? Why no laser gun, high end bow or whatever long range weapon to fight with Ursa? Wait, what? Ursa? I though Ursa suppose to be some bear but turn out some ugly looking alien that doesn't look like a bear at all. Why the alien release Ursa to kill human? To feed them as food? To conquer the planet? It wasn't mentioned at all in the movie. The color changing suite wore by Kitai seem pretty useless too. Why not equipped some real battle suit for defense enhancement?
There was a pointless argument as well between Kitai and Cypher about the death of Senshi Raige where Kitai blaming his father not being there to save her while Kitai mum, Faia Raige told Cypher that Kitai actually blaming himself for Senshi Raige death. So whose fault actually? At the final battle between Ursa and Kitai also proved that Kitai actually a superman. The moment when he stop fear and learn ghosting, he stood up confidentally against Ursa as if his previous wound was nothing. Oh wait, did Cypher just said Earth is class 1 quarantine planet? But where is the danger during the adventure? It doesn't spark my curiousness and I doesn't feel nervous at all.
End of rant. Overall, I am glad I don't need to pay to watch this movie. As I said it is still watchable if your expectation wasn't high. The movie has more room of improvement to be better sci-fi adventure movie.
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