After Earth REVIEW

After Earth DVD review.

After Earth

“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).

Dave Golder

For an alternate perspective, read our After Earth review from the theatrical release.
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