One thousand years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s escape from Earth, Nova Prime has become mankind’s new home. Legendary General Cypher Raige returns from an extended tour of duty to his estranged family, ready to be a father to his 13-year-old son, Kitai. 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.









Movie Reviews:
  • 63
    Philadelphia Inquirer - by Steven Rea
    In truth, despite more corn than Mel Gibson grows on his farm in "Signs" (another Shyamalan effort), After Earth is worth a look. more

  • 63
    Chicago Tribune - by Michael Phillips
    Won't change your world, but it's attractive and Smith the Elder, lowering his voice to subterranean James Earl Jones levels, delivers a shrewd minimalist performance. His son may get there yet. more

  • 58
    The A.V. Club - by IgnatiyVishnevetsky
    Shyamalan’s sensibility may not be enough to turn After Earth into a great (or even very good) film, but it does yield interesting — and at times strikingly realized — results. more

  • 50
    USA Today - by Claudia Puig
    Though it's meant to be pulse-pounding, After Earth is a lethargic slog. more

  • 50
    Miami Herald - by Rene Rodriguez
    There’s nothing more to this movie than the set-up. Even though Cypher is slowly bleeding to death, and Kitai is running out of oxygen capsules that allow him to breathe in the toxic air, there’s no sense of urgency, either. At least Shyamalan, sensing the thinness of the material, doesn’t stretch things out. more

  • 50
    Charlotte Observer - by Lawrence Toppman
    M. Night Shyamalan has directed movies that are surprising, hokey, suspenseful, sentimental, clever, touching or cheesy. But until After Earth, he hadn’t made any that are dull from end to end. more

  • 50
    The Playlist - by Gabe Toro
    The film progresses to the point where it feels less like father and son, and more like a young boy listening to an inspirational audiobook. more

  • 42
    Christian Science Monitor - by Peter Rainer
    It’s impossible to take this movie seriously, certainly not as seriously as it takes itself. ...

  • 42
    Portland Oregonian - by Marc Mohan
    The plot is simplicity itself, and Jaden's quirk-free character and bland performance don't add anything. It's actually a little sad that M. Night Shyamalan has descended to this sort of vanity-project work-for-hire, but at least he didn't insist on some absurd twist ending. more

  • 40
    Empire - by Kim Newman
    Prepare to cringe and snicker whenever the characters are talking, but gasp when Shyamalan just shows amazing stuff. more

  • 40
    Slate - by Dana Stevens
    In his defense, the kid is saddled with a task that even a more experienced actor might have trouble pulling off: He must carry an entire action movie on his slender shoulders, given little more to act opposite than a succession of green-screen predators. Even with his charismatic dad in his earpiece calling the shots, Jaden can’t turn himself into a movie star by sheer force of Will. more

  • 40
    Time Out New York - by Keith Uhlich
    What undoes the film is its rather rancid parent-child sentimentality (a Shyamalan staple, admittedly) and a charisma-free performance from the younger Smith that suggests the apple has fallen very far from the tree. more

  • 40
    Arizona Republic - by Bill Goodykoontz
    The jolts are of the jump-out-from-behind-the-door variety; you can see them coming from a long way off, too. Shyamalan seems to no longer have the confidence to let audiences figure things out or the patience to allow them to. ...

  • 40
    New Orleans Times-Picayune - by Mike Scott
    This would be a difficult film even for the charismatic Papa Smith to carry. That he spends nearly the entire movie in a chair doesn't help matters. more

  • 40
    The Hollywood Reporter - by John DeFore
    The disappointingly generic film, which strands a father and son on Earth a thousand years after a planet-wide evacuation, will leave genre audiences pining for the more Terra-centric conceits of "Oblivion," not to mention countless other future-set films that find novelty in making familiar surroundings threatening. more

  • 40
    Austin Chronicle - by Louis Black
    The film is repetitive and not as suspenseful at it tries to be. Often gorgeous, sometimes fascinating, it is ultimately unwieldy and unsurprising. It fails as a Smith-family project. Jaden Smith, who was fine in "The Karate Kid," is flat here. more

  • 38
    Movie Nation - by Roger Moore
    An undemanding, childish adventure picture. more

  • 35
    NPR - by Mark Jenkins
    A disastrous father-son endeavor about a calamitous father-son expedition, After Earth doesn't play to the strengths of any of its major participants. more

  • 33
    Tampa Bay Times - by Steve Persall
    Fans of either Smith will be sorely disappointed. The elder never before appeared this listless on screen, and the younger misplaced his unforced rapport with the camera that made the Karate Kid reboot so impressive. Only Shyamalan delivers what moviegoers expect from him, and that's a shame. more

  • 30
    New York Magazine (Vulture) - by David Edelstein
    Were Shyamalan and Smith deliberately invoking the terror — now omnipresent in urban African-American communities — of lethal asthma attacks in children? I’m not sure how I feel about something so real and so wrenching in the context of a Grade D (unfit for human habitation) sci-fi picture like After Earth. more

  • 30
    The New York Times - by Manohla Dargis
    For the most part it is an uninteresting slog alleviated only by the occasional unintended laugh and moments of visual beauty. Mr. Shyamalan generally torpedoes his movies with overweening self-seriousness. ...

  • 30
    Time - by Richard Corliss
    Running, or stumbling, only 90 minutes, After Earth may lack the neck-swiveling awfulness of Shyamalan’s "The Last Airbender," but it quickly sinks in its logorrheic solemnity. The movie makes "Oblivion" seem as jolly a romp as "Spaceballs," and gives neither Shyamalan nor Smith much to smile about. more

  • 30
    Village Voice - by Alan Scherstuhl
    Jaden is fine at running, jumping, fearful trembling, and affecting steely resolution. He doesn't yet have his father's charisma; perhaps to help him out, dad opted not to bring that charisma to the set. more

  • 30
    Variety - by Scott Foundas
    Shyamalan is clearly a director-for-hire here, his disinterest palpable from first frame to last. Nowhere in evidence is the gifted "Sixth Sense" director who once brought intricately crafted setpieces and cinematic sleight-of-hand to even the least of his own movies. more

  • 25
    ReelViews - by James Berardinelli
    The sad truth about After Earth is that not only is it difficult to find things it does well, but there are numerous examples of outright incompetence dotting the landscape. more

  • 25
    Washington Post - by Michael O'Sullivan
    You can’t blame Will Smith for wanting to give his son a leg up in the business. Maybe one day Jaden will have his father’s career — and his ability to carry a movie. For now, it’s a little premature to ask him to bear the weight of this soggy, waterlogged “Earth” on his skinny shoulders. more

  • 25
    Rolling Stone - by Peter Travers
    The young Smith has energy, but not the acting chops. And he's no miracle worker. The burden of carrying this dull, lifeless movie is just too much. And it's hell on an audience. It's not a good sign when you sit there thinking – Make. It. Stop. more

  • 25
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch - by Joe Williams
    Surprise — this bad dream is for real. more

  • 25
    Chicago Sun-Times - by Richard Roeper
    Quite simply, this is one of the worst films of 2013. more

  • 25
    San Francisco Chronicle - by Mick LaSalle
    Jaden is not ready for his solo spotlight, and the film is the same action over and over. Another bad movie from Shyamalan. more

  • 25
    New York Post - by Lou Lumenick
    Basically, this is Smith and his real-life son, Jaden (both affecting ridiculous mid-Atlantic accents) talking the audience to death for something like 90 minutes before the closing credits. more

  • 20
    Los Angeles Times - by Betsy Sharkey
    The script has no nuance, none. And when Shyamalan moves into the director's chair, the script problems are magnified. Everything is spelled out, underlined in red. more

  • 12 - by Laremy Legel
    After Earth stupefies us with nonsense, such little thought and logic went into this idea that it can’t even be considered a rough draft, this is a movie almost daring an audience to emotionally detach throughout. For shame! more

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    New York Daily News - by Joe Neumaier
    Summer 2013 has its first bomb, and sadly, it’s landed right on Will Smith. more

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User Comments & Reviews

  1. vtanisstoll

    This movie was hard to watch. I didnt really care for the direction the film was heading in after the 1st 15 min, i was just waiting for it to finish… i couldnt even bear that, so i fast forwarded to the end after about an hour. The main characters are good actors but the roles they had to play here werent played very well. it sucked is what im trying to say… 1/10

  2. tmlgirl

    People are disappointed because they had high expectations from the deceiving trailer… it was watchable but definitely not the best of Will Smith and I am not a fan of his son… 6/10

  3. Lewis007

    Very average sci fi, really not much to the film and will smith barely says much through the whole thing, plus have to agree with prev comments, smith jnr is not entirely convincing