Sony Pictures has released a new trailer for director/co-writer M. Night Shyamalan's After Earth, which stars Will Smith, his son Jaden Smith, Isabelle Fuhrman, Zoe Kravitz, Kristofer Hivju, David Denman, Glenn Morshower and Lincoln Lewis. The dramatic sci-fi epic is set to open in U.S. theaters on June 7th.
Official Synopsis: 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. From a script written by Stephen Gaghan, Gary Whitta and director M. Night Shyamalan.
M. Night Shyamalan keeps getting work somehow. His first 3 major films (Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs) were quite good, but since then...hard to believe he still gets these huge budget films. I will be seeing this for the sci-fi premise only.
Looks cool. I'll reserve judgement until I confirm what the "reason" was we left 1000 years ago. "The temperatures on this planet fluctuate dangerously". Well even if my fears are confirmed I'll get this, since I can't resist a good sci-fi special effects extravaganza, like The Day After Tomorrow.
Looks like the studio is starting to NOTICE the previous "Future earth" marketing-similarity competition with Oblivion, and is reshaping the sell to focus on Shyamalan's "Fear is the mind-killer" father-and-son metaphor. (To cash in on Will and Jaden.)
Well, at least it'll set audiences up more naturally for the goofy ending we reportedly get.
I Will say (get it) this trailer got me way more interested in the film then the first. The concept of animals evolving to kill humans is intriguing. In the end though, it better be good, because this is the film Smith did instead of Django Unchained.
I saw the trailer about 3 months ago and thought this actually looked pretty good. Then I saw recently that it's directed by M. Night... His movies are either a HIT or MISS. I will go into it with an open mind hoping for the best. Until then, I will not pass judgement on this. I still have a bad taste in my mouth from The Last Airbender....
If I had the chance to star in a major big budget potential blockbuster with my son, I forgo working with one of the best writer/directors around too. Speaking of son, cut Jaden some slack would you. He's having the time of his life and not doing to bad at it either. What I'm worried about is the M. Night fracking this up like he did with "The Last Airbender!"
I like Will. He can be a little annoying when he's trying to sound intelligent & philosophical, but I'm still a big fan. I can't stand either of his kids, especially Jaden. Have you ever seen him in a picture in which he wasn't doing that stupid cocky/quizzical look? He and Will were on Oprah for "Pursuit Of Happyness" in 2006. The kid was cocky already back then...when his first movie was coming out...at 8 years old! He's not untalented. He did a good job in "Karate Kid." But his attitude is just so off-putting.
I'm not much into M Night these days.
I may check this out, but it's not one of my most anticipated releases by any means.