After Earth


Like father, like son

A millennium from now, and Earth’s in such a mess it’s been left to the animals while humanity roams the stars.

But when their ship runs into asteroid turbulence, crash-landers Will and Jaden Smith (playing father and son) must endure a close encounter with our post-people planet.

The race-to-the-rescue-beacon plot is a lean relief after the puffy The Last Airbender, and there’s no The Happening-style chit-chats with the (lushly rendered) foliage.

M. Night Shyamalan’s most satisfying (or least embarrassing) in a while, then, even if the sober tone that gave The Sixth Sense/Unbreakable/Signs gravity here threatens to turn the suspense into sniggers.

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