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After Earth

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AFTER EARTH (2013) starring Jaden Smith, Will Smith, and Sophie Okenedo is proof in point that nepotism is still alive and well in Hollywood. Apparently evident as fifteen year old son of power couple Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith is handed the ultimate role—a coveted lead in Will's latest sci-fi adventure. Unfortunately, Jaden has been thrown in the deep end without the necessary experience to carry on in his father's extraordinary footsteps.

A thousand years after the inhabitants of earth were forced to flee in an attempt to secure better living conditions on another planet, an unseen crash landing strands a decorated Ranger and his teenage son Kitai back on the inhospitable planet earth. Desperate to summon medical help for his injured father, young Katai sets out on a perilous trek to locate a missing beacon. Unprepared to fight the indigenous species now inhabiting earth, or even breath the contaminated atmosphere, Katai quickly realizes that every hour is going to be a life and death struggle just to survive.

Peppered with flashbacks, AFTER EARTH periodically attempts to explain the palpable tension between father and son with calculated glimpses into their troubled past. Unfortunately, by the time these revelations are presented, we no longer care. We've long become disenchanted with the chase and the simplistic plot. Not to mention our rising level of frustration with Will Smith's one-dimensional character and limited involvement in any action sequences.

Directed by M. Night Shyamaln, AFTER EARTH will not be remembered as one of his successes. Soon to become a dust collector in the archives of teenage sci-fi fans, Will Smith will just have to find another showcase for his prodigy. Rated PG-13, 100 mins, Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Fantasy. ** 2 stars out of 5.

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Reviewed by Lynne Martin June 04, 2013
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