After Earth REVIEW
After Earth DVD review.
“Dad, your seaweed collection is really starting to stink the place out.”
Release Date: 14 October 2013
2013 | 12 | 100 minutes | £19.99 (DVD)/ £24.99 (Blu-ray)/£26.99 (Blu-ray Steelbook)
Distributor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Director: M Night Shyamalan
Cast:Will Smith, Jaden Smith
Main problems with After Earth #1: No one wants to watch a Will Smith sci-fi movie in which Will Smith doesn’t quip. Maybe the guy is laboring under the misconception that this “serious” role will make people look at him in a new light, but playing a frowny Mr Spock isn’t going to win him any new respect. Razzies, maybe…?
Main problems with After Earth #2: It’s terrible.
This trite tale of father and son bonding after crash-landing on an abandoned future Earth overrun by mutant animals is so mindnumbingly predictable you half hope there’ll be a Shyamalan twist that reveals it’s all been some VR training test or something.
Nope. We’re supposed to take this pompous, humourless tosh – with its repetitive action sequences, blandly efficient FX and silly production design – seriously.
You may find yourself rooting for the mutant monsters.
A bunch of humdrum featurettes: “A Father’s Legacy” (eight minutes of “This is not a sci-fi movie, it’s a relationship movie!”); “Building A World” (12 minutes of “This is a sci-fi movie! Look at the spaceships!”); “Pre-Visualizing The Future” (six minutes); “The Animatics Of After Earth” (eight minutes); “1000 Years In 300 seconds” (a snazzy title for five minutes of behind-the-scenes footage); “The Nature Of The Future” (five minutes of nature photography… no, really!) and an alternative opening (two minutes).
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For an alternate perspective, read our After Earth review from the theatrical release.
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