Like Father, Like Son. Will And Jaden Smith Carry The First Trailer For Shyamalan's AFTER EARTH

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Like Father, Like Son. Will And Jaden Smith Carry The First Trailer For Shyamalan's AFTER EARTH
It's a father-son tag team with Will and Jaden Smith taking the leads in M Night Shyamalan's upcoming scifi adventure After Earth. Shyamalan, at this point, has long since burned through any residual goodwill left over from The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable while the Smith clan does not engender widespread confidence - for the record, I thought Jaden was perfectly fine in The Karate Kid - but with the first proper trailer releasing in France we now get our chance to judge footage from the actual film rather than the people making it.

In After Earth, one thousand years after cataclysmic events forced humanity's escape from Earth, Nova Prime has become mankind's new home. Legendary General Cypher Raige (played by Will Smith) returns from an extended tour of duty to his estranged family, ready to be a father to his 13-year-old son, Kitai (played by Jaden Smith). 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.
Verdict? Better than expected, honestly. The visuals are fairly standard by this point - they do what you expect them to do and little more - but Shyamalan has always been a better than average technician so they're pretty enough. And the Smith duo look solid. Will seems to have put away his standard bag of camera mugging tricks and slipped into his dramatic mode while Jaden continues to develop the physical presence he showed in The Karate Kid. Take a look below.
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MikeDecember 10, 2012 1:07 PM

Cypher Raige?

King VegitaDecember 10, 2012 2:53 PM

Looks good. I also agree that I like Jaden's development from karate kid to this film (based on this trailer). I wasn't sure how to take the news of this film's development at first, but now I'm looking forward to it with hopes that it will stand up to what the trailer boasts. This is probably Shyamalan's last chance, so I'm not surprised at all that his name isn't found anywhere on the trailer.

Alex MurphyDecember 11, 2012 2:19 AM

And the twist is they were never really on earth at all... or his dad was never really there... or he's actually just roaming the grounds of a mental asylum.

I honestly dont know how Shyamalan gets away with this stuff. That being said I dont hate Jaden and look forward to him staring in some proper films in the future.

BelmontHeirDecember 11, 2012 5:20 AM

This almost looks like Shyamalan's take on Avatar. Considering that The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, and The Village (yes, The Village) are three of my favorite films, I've always been rooting for Shyamalan to get back to his roots and make a comeback. This isn't exactly a 'return to form' but it looks better than the rest of M. Night's post-Village output.