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Jaden Smith Is Attacked By CG Creatures In 2 New Clips From 'After Earth'

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by Tambay A. Obenson
May 20, 2013 8:24 PM
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After Earth

Here are 2 new clips from After Earth - the Will SmithJaden Smith sci-fi adventure 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 as sister/daughter and mother/wife respectively.

Columbia Pictures is has set a May 31 release for the movie.

By the way, as announced last week, a sequel to the film is already being considered, likely depending on how well the first film does globally - emphasis on "globally" because I'm not expecting this to do very well here in the USA, if the trailer and clips I've seen thus far are an indication of what the rest of the film is like.

As I've said before, this looks weak to me!

But I could certainly be wrong, and USA audiences will eat it up! 

Watch the 2 new clips below:


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24 Comments

  • TAZ | May 22, 2013 10:20 AMReply

    I am going to see this film, at minimum, for no other reason than to see a positive black father and son dynamic on the big screen..actors and characters....Father showing and instructing the son on the path he wants to go and most importantly connecting with said son. It boggles my mind that many of us can wax poetic about Black images in the media but then......&$# )*&^#$%*) *&(#%$.

    So, I am going to start keep score......each time we articulate the ills of Hollywood in respect to positive Black moves, creative storytelling. I will miss a good number because I do have a life, but ya'll get the gist. Let's see if there is a pattern...or if your subconscious will deliberately prove me wrong. Either way I win. :)

    Movie: After Earth
    Roles: Father- Son relationship, coming of age, bonding
    Written by: Us
    Independent film?: No
    Critique: We thought the trailer was boring and showed their CGI not up to par with 3D produced Life of PI and the acting was suspect.

    Movie: Peeples
    Roles: Family comedy involving daughter, engagement, future son-in-law
    Written by: Us
    Independent film?: No
    Critique: Many of us don't like actress, some don't like the actor, many don't think actor is cute/slim enough for actress so it is not believable.....and last but not least: Tyler Perry name is associated with the film so H2theNO.

    And because we are a prolific people, we will spread our feelings all over and influence others that are easily influenceable! Yaaaas!

    Black people 2, Black movies 0
    (Race started May 2013 - We's winning!)

    PS: XOXO CareyCarey

  • CareyCarey | May 22, 2013 5:01 PM

    The final act in the fantasy world of TAZ and CareyCarey:

    As TAZ and CareyCarey lay in each others bliss of fantasy part-time lovers, the phone rings:

    Hello, may I speak to TAZ? TAZ, this is LaVern. You might not know who I am but the reason I am calling you is because I was going through my old man's computer this morning and I just happened to find your name. So woman to woman, I don't think it's being fair to call you and let you, Sergio, Tambay and the rest know where I'm coming from. Now TAZ, I don't know how you're gonna take this, but whether you be cool or come out of a bag on me, it doesn't really make any difference. But it's only fair that I let you know that the man you've been fantasing with... winkin' and blinkin' and whispering in his ear, from the top of his head to the bottom of his feet, the bed he sleeps in and every piece of food he eats, you see I make it possible. The clothes on his back, ha ha, I buy them. The raggedy car he drives, I bought that hoopty. So I'm telling you these things to let you know how much I love this man. And woman to woman I think you'll understand just what I will do to keep this man. Y'all can giggle and laugh and do y'alls thing, and I've never cared what Sergio and the other haters had to say. But if fantasy goes astray and loving him is wrong, I'll have see that you get right. Woman to woman, can't you see where I'm coming from? Woman to woman, ain't that the same thing you would have done?

    FADE TO BLACK... as "Me & Mrs. Jones" plays in the background.

    careydarnell-at-yahoodotcom *wink* :-)

  • TAZ | May 22, 2013 2:32 PM

    Continuation of fantasy world - TAZ POV:

    *TAZ sashays up to CareyCarey and lightly sings in his ear, with the softest breath tickling his ear hair:

    If loving you is wrong, I don't wanna be right. If being right means writing without you, I'd rather live a wrong doing life. Your Momma and Daddy (or Tambay and Sergio) say its a shame, its a down right disgrace, but long as I have you on this site, I don't care what S&A has to say. Secret pen pals, that's what we are, yeah that's what we are.................. You and me, are we fair? Is this cruel or do we care? Can they tell what's in our minds? Maybe they have had secret pen pals, all of the time!

    ROTFL! I am glad I am working from home today because you had me hollering! Oh my, you have no sense and I love it! I might send you an email in the future the next time you cut up. I will give you a warning before I do.

  • CareyCarey | May 22, 2013 12:15 PM

    Stop it TAZ, people are looking and you're making me blush. But, in a world where no one was around and we could put our moral values in our back pockets, I'd have a few words to whisper in your ear. Now work with me on this fantasy world of ours.

    Okay, you remember the song "Sometimes".

    You would start...

    Hello, baby, are you married?
    I'd respond (Sometimes)

    And tell me, are you really, really happy?
    (Yes, sometimes)

    But sometimes I feel like, I've just got to get away from that same old existence, day after day. Oh, haven't you ever felt that way?
    (Sometimes)

    Now, I can see that you're married, don't you love her?
    (Sometimes)

    But you have thought about cheating, haven't you?
    (Yes, sometimes)

    And then TAZ, the ol'skool player would jump out of me, forcing me to look left, and then right, and then whisper Luther in your ear...

    Let me hold you tight TAZ, if only for one night. Let me keep you near to ease away your fear. It would be so nice if only for one night. I won't tell a soul (certainly not those folks at S&A). No one has to know. If you want to be totally discreet, I'll be at your side, if only for one night. Your eyes say things I never hear from you and my knees are shaking too. But I'm willing, willing to go through. I must be crazy standing in this place, but I'm feeling no disgrace for asking... let me hold you tight... if only for one night.

    *LOL* Oh lord, tell the truth and shame the devil. :-)

  • Flicka | May 21, 2013 11:45 PMReply

    i personally am a huge will smmith and Jaden smith fan and I plan to see this ASAP
    give the kid a break people he is like 14 and he has a lot to live up to but honestly i love have a super keen eye for "fake" stuff cause me personally I love the sabers in this and the nest scene that was just released "youtube after earth tigers"

  • Akimbo | May 21, 2013 2:42 PMReply

    I want to see this, but these were weird clips to release. Watching Jaden fight random animals does nothing for me. What are they trying to sell here?

  • jayjay | May 21, 2013 2:04 PMReply

    I do not think its weak I think is cool and breath taking

  • CareyCarey | May 21, 2013 12:19 PMReply

    "See we support black folk that do what we like, say what we would say, look like we would look, feel like we would feel, stand like we stand, lie like we lie, marry who we would marry, and on and on and on"

    I don't how that fits my following comment, but I love the richness of those words.

    Listen, first, I fell asleep watching Life of Pi. Okay, lets get that straight, I am not moved by CGI technology. Maybe that has something to do with the apple tree I fell from. When I was a kid, my toys didn't move, blink, nor transform from a super-human to a B-52 bomber. If there were any sounds emanating around my toys, they came from my mouth. My army men didn't take flight until I threw them across the room. So I am suggesting I may not be the target audience for movies which weigh heavily on CGI.

    Having said that, my prediction of this movie is... IT'S A HIT! That's right, why shouldn't it be? First, it's Will Smith (CHECK). Now check this, speaking of Sergio's aversion for grown-ass comic book nerds, I can't believe Trekkies and Geekies, Nerds, Comic Book Kids and Harry Potter heads will call all their friends (or Facebook them) to forewarn them about the "unacceptable" CGI effects in "Earth". Nope, if Will builds it, they will come.

    Anyway, as I said, I am not big on CGI but I saw these trailers on the big screen, my 17 inch computer with built-in speakers, does not do this film justice. Hey, I know skinny legs Will Jr. can't out maneuver wild apes or fly like a bird, but I believe this film will get my money.

  • CareyCarey | May 22, 2013 8:34 AM

    Yep Agent K, I agree. I've never been disappointed in any Will Smith movie. Having said that, his involvement in the last MIB wasn't his best. However, I didn't feel cheated (by no stretch of imagination). And, as I've said several times, and in several different ways, I don't go to a movie looking for reasons not to like it. I leave that job to professional and armchair critics.

  • Agent K | May 21, 2013 2:02 PM

    @CareyCarey
    If it's Will Smith anything it's going to succeed regardless of CG. To be fair it is a Tv spot. I'll still give it a chance because I like sci-fi.

  • Erik W | May 21, 2013 12:05 PMReply

    I love how you can't find M Night's name ANYWHERE in the marketing of this film. Its like taking nasty cough syrup but hiding it in orange juice.

    Not that long ago M Night Shyalaflop's name was all over the place in movies he directed. His agent must have dirt on all of the studio heads.

  • D.A. | May 21, 2013 11:17 AMReply

    Since I refuse to watch another Michael Bay film, I had high hopes for this one. The trailer did look promising but after watching these clips I think I will pass. Now I can see why you thought it was weak Tambay, I thought it was just a matter of preference for you, but you saw more than we did and came to a conclusion. My biggest concern was M. Night Shyamalan's involvement because he really has gone downhill with the quality of his work. But I would have never thought Jaden's acting would be so terrible, but again, this may not even be his fault like you said, it may be how he's being directed. The other films he's done with his father were great or at the very least worth the trip to the cinema. I fear this one might not do well.

  • mawon | May 21, 2013 11:08 AMReply

    After Life of Pi, CGI like this is unacceptable.

  • Beezdablock | May 21, 2013 10:38 AMReply

    I liked this boy in Karate Kid, but from these clips, it looks as though either his acting his seriously regressed or M.Night Shyamalan simply has directed him poorly. Smh. I was interested in going to see this initially. From these two clips, though, I'm not so sure.

  • Donella | May 21, 2013 10:11 AMReply

    Like Tyler Perry, M Night Shyalaman tarnished his own brand, which also started out strong with The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, and Signs. Downhill from there. I'm dreading that at the end of After Earth, the camera will pull back and we'll see that Will and Jaden Smith's characters are really players inside a video game. I agree the international box office will overshadow the domestic box office due to Will Smith's monster overseas marketing.

  • Donella | May 22, 2013 4:43 PM

    He's uneven, yes.

  • mawon | May 22, 2013 10:55 AM

    Oh you mean financially strong. Cause his movies (and plays) have been shit from the start.

  • Donella | May 21, 2013 8:59 PM

    The universe in which he earned enough from product sales to construct his own studio.

  • mawon | May 21, 2013 11:08 AM

    Tyler Perry started out strong? In what universe?

  • miktal | May 21, 2013 9:06 AMReply

    I think that announcement of a sequel before the first film is out is an obvious and desperate marketing ploy. It looks weak, lazy and uninteresting. Are these really the best teasers they could release?
    Spielberg wouldn't direct Jurassic Park until they could convince him that the dinosaurs would look real. What the hell has happened in the 20 years since, that this CGI shit is acceptable???

  • Agent K | May 21, 2013 11:31 AM

    @Miktal
    I had the same thought while watching Lord of the Rings where the visual effects, both practical and CG, were great (especially Gollum). Now when I watch certain films today it's just CGI all over the place where it's distracting. I agree with Mawon, after Life of Pi, this shit is unacceptable.

  • sergio | May 21, 2013 9:30 AM

    I just recently saw Jurassic Park and Lost World again after many years and you're right. I was struck by how amazingly good the CGI work was considering how new the technology was. Now it's gotten worse. (Wait until the see the crappy work in the big climax in Furious 6) Too many CGI effects shops all going for the same jobs and with lower priced foreign competition in the mix what you see now is what you get.

    And filmgoers are so inundated with so much CGI stuff nowadays (unfortunately instead of letting letting the story and the characters do the heavy lifting) that they're more accepting of shitty effects work today

    This is from a recent article I read about how Rhythm and Hues the CGI effects shop which did most of the work on Life of Pi just went bankrupt:

    "Even though the movie grossed over $600 million and won four Academy Awards (including special effects), Rhythm & Hues went bankrupt shortly after its release. Remember during the Oscars ceremony when that one guy tried to say something but got cut off by the theme from Jaws, and everyone laughed? Yeah, he was trying to tell you that the same company that created those impressive visuals is now in the gutter."

    "How is this possible? Well, it's mainly because visual effects is a flawed industry with a business model that is impossible to succeed in. In order to save money, movie studios tend to contract VFX companies on a "fixed fee," meaning that after a certain amount of takes, the VFX guys are forced to cover the costs. So, when an unfilmable picture like Life of Pi requires extra work, the visual companies end up "paying for the movie." In the end, Rhythm & Hues didn't see a penny from those $600 million."

    "R&H isn't the only company in this situation -- remember how the Hologram Tupac company went under? This is an ongoing trend. Working at a visual effects company is apparently one of the worst jobs in Hollywood, slightly behind the guy who shaves Adam Sandler's pubes. The working conditions are grueling, the teams are forced to work several all-nighters and never earn overtime, the jobs have no benefits or retirement plans. On top of that, they have to compete with foreign studios subsidized by their governments."

    "So why does anyone still work in visual effects, then? According to VFX veteran Scott Ross, many of these guys aren't doing it for the money, but because they're geeked out about getting to work on Star Wars or Avatar."

  • lauren | May 21, 2013 7:51 AMReply

    It does look weak and unconvincing in every way ie: Will Smith's line delivery and the CGI big cat action sequence. Bad idea using Shyamalan. Was he signed before or after The Last Airbender? smh

  • sergio | May 21, 2013 12:06 AMReply

    Looks like they used that same cut rate bargain Bulgarian CGI effects shop they used for Olympus Has Fallen

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