The metaphor of a young bird leaving the nest is a lesson all children learn, and usually at a young age (it’s just not enforced until much later). Someone looked at this lesson, must have thought, "I like it, but how can we make it cost over $100 million?", and the result was After Earth. It’s not a bad lesson, but it’s hardly enough to support an entire movie. Resting almost entirely on lead actors Jaden and Will Smith, director and co-writer M. Night Shyamalan surrounds the picture with sub-par special effects and bland action scenes. Jaden Smith provides a strong lead performance, but his character is undermined by the story’s laughably literal moments, and a journey that rarely enthralls and never surprises. READ MORE...


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