Excerpt: After Earth may be the most bizarre and expensive allegory in film history: a young man of limited talents trying to match his more successful father and not just failing, but dragging both of them down with him.
Excerpt: Paternal pride and a practically perfect track record do not seem like bad starting points, but when they are then married to this kind of grandiose science fiction and placed in the hands of M. Night Shyamalan, things start to go awry.
Excerpt: “After Earth” is a plodding, predictable story that feels longer than its hour and forty minute running time. The irony here is that while “After Earth’s” visuals strut their stuff best on the big screen, the story only merits Red Box.
Excerpt: As it drones on from one mind-numbing set piece to the next, shrouding its Third Grade-level plot in the guise of an interminable faux mythology, one starts to miss the arch arrogance of the former M. Night brand…
Excerpt: Awkwardly probing, ‘After Earth’ feels like a cinematic homework assignment for Smith’s teen-aged charge Jaden with Shyamalan’s requested presence as the hired tutor catering to the movie’s arbitrary, surrealistic vision.