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First Trailer For 'After Earth' Arrives (Starring Will & Jaden Smith)

by Tambay A. Obenson
December 10, 2012 1:06 PM
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Hmm... I don't know folks. It may be too early to say, so I'll wait for a first full trailer that shows much more footage, hoping it'll impress me far more than this teaser does.

But, damn, as I've said countless times on this site before, your first trailer is maybe the most important one. You know what they say about first impressions...

CG world-building and CG characters!! As much I embrace the technology, it can at times be a distraction, especially when the worlds and characters created don't look as real as they need to be believable. 

But, as I said, I'll wait to see more. It looks like they are going for something epic, so let's hope they deliver.

The sci-fi/adventure project is titled After Earth, with father/son pairing Will Smith and Jaden Smith, starring, directed by M. Night Shyamalan.

Full synopsis reads:

In After Earth, one thousand years after cataclysmic events forced humanity's escape from Earth, Nova Prime has become mankind's new home. Legendary General Cypher Raige (played by Will Smith) returns from an extended tour of duty to his estranged family, ready to be a father to his 13-year-old son, Kitai (played by Jaden Smith). When an asteroid storm damages Cypher and Kitai's craft, they crash-land on a now unfamiliar and dangerous Earth. As his father lies dying in the cockpit, Kitai must trek across the hostile terrain to recover their rescue beacon. His whole life, Kitai has wanted nothing more than to be a soldier like his father. Today, he gets his chance.

Zoe Kravitz and Sophie Okonedo co-star by the way, as sister/daughter and mother/wife respectively.

Stephen Gaghan (TrafficSyriana) was brought on to polish up Shaymalan's script before shooting began (a very good idea IMHO), and Columbia Pictures is shooting for a summer 2013 release.

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  • Mr Mibble | January 1, 2013 12:58 PMReply

    I've read the script. Unfortunately, it really isn't very good. How they get away with this level of substandard writing is a mystery.

  • tamara | December 11, 2012 3:54 PMReply

    i love it.

  • ernest champell | December 11, 2012 1:28 AMReply

    this trailer is hot...i'm happy to see a film produced by black folks that isn't a coonedy... or a tired romantic comedy with Gabrielle Union...Morris Chestnut or Queen Latifah. Maybe we will get a great drama or spythriller from some one other than the usual suspect directors and producers.

  • Agent K | December 12, 2012 8:09 AM

    Damn "coonedy"? You had to go there did ya?

  • Micah | December 10, 2012 10:25 PMReply

    This doesn't look that bad to me. It doesn't have rushing to the theaters but I'm sure it will do a decent opening box office weekend. Where it goes from there, who knows. Jaden hasn't been as charismatic off screen as his father has been. While not as anyway near as important as his of screen charisma, it is a key element in Will Smith's success. Jaden will have to be extremely compelling and likable on screen since he can only coast so long on a pretty face and a famous name.

  • D.C. Kirkwood | December 10, 2012 8:37 PMReply

    Very proud of the Smith's and all they have accomplished. They are a very talented family. It seems though that sometimes they actually have too many projects going on at one time. They need to focus more and streamline their projects. Some of their work seems rushed and all over the place. This project is a good example, they need to spend more time adverstising and get people excited about the film. Especially when you have a young African American in the lead. Overbrook is producing this so they have been successful but one good flop can do alot of damage. Best wishes to them.

  • slb | December 10, 2012 7:37 PMReply

    This looks horrid. They're gonna sell it on Will Smith's name but I'm willing to wager he actually spends less than 20 minutes on screen. This will be Jaden vs the harsh elements of future Earth with a couple of monsters thrown in. But the first trailer is the most important and this trailer does nothing for me. I am more interested in seeing "Oblivion" despite the presence of Morgan Freeman.

  • Donella | December 10, 2012 4:33 PMReply

    I'm getting a Dune vibe.

  • Donella | December 13, 2012 1:24 PM

    Just the father/son dynamic and the suit.

  • Adam Scott Thompson | December 11, 2012 12:26 AM

    The movie or the Sci-Fi channel miniseries? 'Cause one's clearly better. lol

  • miktal | December 10, 2012 3:48 PMReply

    Washed up Director and fading star desperately in need of a good film (I`m still laughing at The Happening and barfing buckets at Seven Pounds). You may as well call this film, apron strings or letting go, as it`s theme is quite obvious. I`m not holding my breath.

  • Adam Scott Thompson | December 11, 2012 12:28 AM

    A-list bankability is what's fading, but rest assured Mister Smith will be among the last of the dinosaurs.

  • Curtis | December 10, 2012 7:28 PM

    Fading star. You mean the same fading star that just had a 600+ million dollar hit back in June.

  • savannah morgan | December 10, 2012 1:56 PMReply

    Just from the looks of it... it's going to kick butt overseas!

  • VichusSmith | December 10, 2012 1:48 PMReply

    All you have to do with CGI or models or whatever, is fool the audience enough for them to question what's real.

    Anyway, in a comparison between Oblivion and this, I'm more excited for this. Maybe it's because the Oblivion trailer gives a lot away. It also feels a bit cliche.

  • Jug | December 10, 2012 1:18 PMReply

    Models, miniatures & matte paintings STILL often run circles around digital fx. BLADE RUNNER still has some of the best fx in modern cinema. The star field in THE FOUNTAIN was a dash of Curry powder dropped in water filmed EXTREMELY close-up. The result is amazing for only $140k. "Sometimes the old ways are the best ways..."

  • Donella | December 13, 2012 1:22 PM

    The Alien series is another case. The more cgi used, the worse the movies became.

  • Micah | December 10, 2012 10:16 PM

    Jug, please allow me to co-sign on this statement. (Do people say co-sign anymore? I caught on late to that one.)

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