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Review: 'After Earth' Provides Father-Son Counseling Within Generic Sci-Fi Trappings

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 30, 2013 8:56 AM
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After Earth, Jaden Smith, Will Smith
In regards to summer blockbusters, there’s a sense that we should grade on a curve. So count a couple of wins in M. Night Shyamalan’s column: “After Earth” is not one of those movies where you have to keep track of a million characters, each one having some sort of individual, arcane plot significance. It is not reliant on a pre-established property or mythology. At a brisk 100 minutes, the picture certainly never overstays its welcome. It doesn’t have a half-hearted allusion to 9/11 or current global politics, and isn’t scored like a composer with a grudge is doling out revenge one booming crescendo at a time. And thank the God for small favors that “After Earth” isn’t in 3D.

Watch: TV Spot For 'After Earth' Plus New Pics From M. Night Shyamalan's Sci-Fi Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 24, 2013 10:20 AM
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Will Smith, Jaden Smith, After Earth
Ah, Earth Day. What was once a moment spent to consider the fate of our planet is now a crass marketing opportunity, and nobody knows that better than Fox. Just a couple years ago, they used the day to help push "Avatar" on home video...the first of a double-dip release, which we're pretty sure isn't so environmentally friendly. And this year, they're showing they care about the planet by reminding you about a Will Smith movie that's coming out.

Watch: The New Trailer For M. Night Shyamalan's 'After Earth' Starring Will & Jaden Smith Crash Lands

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 7, 2013 6:14 PM
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So this summer, you'll have no shortage of Earth-as-a-barren-wasteland-and-metaphor-for-our-excess movies. Tom Cruise rides motorbikes alone next month in "Oblivion," and not too long after, M. Night Shyamalan delivers "After Earth," which presents the planet as having evolved to kill humans. It turns our there is something scarier than the wind in "The Happening"....

Fear Is Not Real: Watch The Trailer For Will & Jaden Smith's 'After Earth' Directed By M. Night Shyamalan

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 10, 2012 11:03 AM
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So, did the trailer for "Oblivion" not fill your appetite for futursitic sci-fi in which Earth is no longer as it seems? Well, get comfortable because Will Smith and his son Jaden Smith have teamed up with M. Night Shyamalan for "After Earth" and after this first trailer....we're not quite sure what it's about....

James Newton Howard Reteams With M. Night Shyamalan To Score 'After Earth'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • July 12, 2012 10:39 AM
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There’s an argument – and it’s an argument that this writer subscribes to – that ever since “The Sixth Sense” each of M. Night Shyamalan’s films has been worse than the one that preceded it. “The Sixth Sense” > “Unbreakable” > “Signs” > “The Village” > “Lady in the Water” > “The Happening” > “The Last Airbender.” You may have a few minor quibbles with that order, but it’s hard to disagree that, broadly, the quality of Shyamalan’s movies have followed a distinctly downward trajectory. So that being said, hands up if you’re excited for “After Earth”!

Jaden Smith Pulls A Taylor Lautner, Lines Up Teen Assassin Flick 'Boy Nobody'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 21, 2012 2:27 PM
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It's not easy to shake-off the wholesome teen heartthrob image to transition into a "serious actor" but generally, young thesps try (and often fail) to do something gritty to prove their skills. Just look at the kids in the "Twilight" series. Kristen Stewart has arguably done better than the rest of her co-stars, playing a young prostitute in "Welcome To The Rileys" and Joan Jett in "The Runaways," while Robert Pattinson missed with the weepie "Remember Me" and will try again by fucking Juliette Binoche in a limo in David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis." But the biggest whiff goes to Taylor Lautner whose Bourne-style action thriller "Abduction" tanked and at the same time kiboshed any chance he had of leading "Stretch Armstrong." He's now going to take a role in "Grown Ups 2." Well, now another young actor is hoping to step into the big time and he's taken a page from the dubious Lautner playbook.

Clove From 'Hunger Games' Joins Will & Jaden Smith In M. Night Shyamalan's 'After Earth' (aka '1000 A.E.')

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 11, 2012 5:23 PM
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Soon-to-be fifteen year old actress Isabelle Fuhrman is carving out quite a career for herself. She first came to notice as the creepy Esther in the horror flick "Orphan," went the indie route for "Salvation Boulevard" and this spring she'll feature in her first major tentpole with "The Hunger Games" playing Clove. And it looks like she's impressing the right people and she'll join one of the biggest movie stars on the planet -- and his son -- in another futurist tale.

Zoe Kravitz & Sophie Okonedo In Talks To Join Will & Jaden Smith In M. Night Shyamalan's '1000 A.E.'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 6, 2011 9:04 AM
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Looking back at the blockbusters of this year, it's pretty much whiter than a dinner party at Mel Gibson's house. Bar the occasional token supporting role, like Derek Luke's five lines in "Captain America: The First Avenger," Idris Elba stealing the show in "Thor" or David Oyelowo's villian in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," the cast (and indeed principle crew) of the biggest movies of the year have mostly been depressingly omni-ethnic, a sad reflection that international audiences still, on the whole, don't turn out to see black actors in lead roles. And that's why, whatever misgivings we might have about a new M. Night Shyamalan film, the casting for his next effort is at least a little refreshing.

'Traffic' Oscar-Winner Stephen Gaghan Polishes M. Night Shyamalan's Will Smith Vehicle 'One Thousand A.E.'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 11, 2011 9:41 AM
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Of the many, many problems of the recent output of M. Night Shyamalan, perhaps first among them is that he's simply not as good a writer as he is a director. He handles the early parts of "Signs" with a disciplined tautness worthy of Spielberg, but throws it away on a teeth-grittingly nonsensical 'God has a plan' ending. He writes himself into "Lady in the Water" as a soon-to-be-martyred author whose work will eventually lead to world peace. He printed out "The Happening" and sent it to his agent, rather than putting it in a box, setting fire to the box, taking the ashes and putting them in a lead-sealed concrete vault a mile underground, as he should have done.

Will & Jaden Smith Team Up With M. Night Shyamalan To Make Our Favorite Sci-Fi Movie Ever

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 4, 2011 7:14 AM
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While "Men In Black 3" looks like it's being swallowed into a sinkhole of overspending, the bottom line is that Will Smith is the biggest star in the world and Sony loves being in business with the guy. So if he and his son want to star in a sci-fi movie directed by M. Night Shyamalan, then that's what's gonna happen dammit.

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