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Re: What Are You Watching? (DVD's & Blu-ray's)
« Reply #1950 on: October 15, 2013, 09:48:00 am »
After Earth

As someone simply and clearly said... Everything that could go wrong with this movie was here. Story, casting, CGI, acting, direction.

I knew going in, it did not get received well. In fact, it was so low on my priorities, I had it sitting there for a whole week and pretty much forgot about it.

Anyway, I did slip it in and from the first frame, I got a bad feeling. When pubescent Jaden Smith is doing the voice over, it sounds so wrong. Then it just continues to slip from there. This is Will Smith story and he is seriously miscasts himself as Cypher Raige, a person with zero personality, with a cringe on his face and ice cold to his son. Jaden character is 1 dimensional, and he can't even pull that off. He's wimpering and whining most of the time.

Otherwise the majority of this story is standard son trying to connect with dad in the environment of running through the jungle. Cypher literally sits in one place (his legs are broken) and does little else.

Some CGI is good, other times it's obvious.

By now we all know this project was Will Smiths desire to send his son to stardom. I doubt After Earth has tarnished Will Smith, but it sure seems a huge set back for Jaden and M. Night.

Bottom line, a very forgettable film. You don't care about any of the characters, so why would I want to ever think about revisiting this film.

The general consensus is After Earth is a turd and I completely agree.

Suggestion for Will Smith. Do what you know. Work with directors and shape your talent. I think Will Smith misfired big time and all perspectives with this project.
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