After Earth

Micah Niedner

Will Smith and his son, Jaden, star in this science fiction drama set in a distant future where  Earth has been completely abandoned out of necessity due to a dangerous climate and deadly predators. Cypher Raige (Will Smith) is a high-ranking commander who has an estranged relationship with his son, Kitai (Jaden Smith).  At the urge of his wife, Cypher decides to bring Kitai along on his final mission before he retires—only to have their ship crash on planet Earth that was left uncontrolled long ago. Cypher, having sustained major injuries, must leave their fate in young Kitai’s hands as he embarks across creature-ridden Earth for their only distress beacon.

If you’ve been exposed to the commercials, then you would fully expect this film to be a Will Smith film. Though that is technically correct, since Smith is credited with creating the story, After Earth is as much…

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