After Earth’s plot involves Will and Jaden Smith’s characters taking a journey to Earth a thousand years after everyone had to leave it. Their ship crashes, leaving father Smith’s leg broken and unable to move. Youngster Smith ventures onto Earth to find a way to save themselves and takes directions from his father about where to go and what to do. Basically, Will Smith is sitting around the whole movie, and his son Jaden runs around screaming in a fake accent. Ask Shyamalan why we have bad British accents in the future, not me.
Why is Will Smith sitting around for almost the entire length of this film? If anyone could have saved After Earth, it was him. But even his performance was a letdown. Apparently in the future we all talk like robots. Will’s character is said to have no fear, and this is something his son is striving for on his journey to Earth. Will wasn’t lacking fear: He was bored as hell, just like me. He didn’t care if his son saved him, and, honestly, neither did I.
After Earth was advertised as a Sci-Fi film, and one would assume this meant that it involved action. I lost interest in the plot after 20 minutes. A space ship was crashing and I was falling asleep, then suddenly waking up to laugh at Jaden trying to run and act at the same time.
If you are a fan of Will Smith, of Sci-Fi movies, or entertaining movies in general, I warn you not to watch After Earth. You will never get that wasted time back, and you will feel personally offended that Will Smith made this decision in his career.