Hollywood makes the strangest decisions sometimes. Giving M Night Shyamalan the chance to make more movies is one of those recurring mistakes that proves that studio execs don’t really learn from their mistakes somtimes.
He did great with The Sixth Sense, and people still like Unbreakable a lot… but every movie since has been a piece of crap! At first it was those awful surprise twist endings that he forces into his early movies, and now it’s just plain awful all the way through.
Well, add one more to the list, because he’s now directing father and son duo Will Smith and Jaden Smith in a movie called After Earth. Here’s the plot summary, if you give a crap:
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.
Wow… Will Smith plays a character named Cypher, and it’s not a hacker name like in The Matrix, but a tacky name, like characters in Mortal Kombat. That’s just dandy!
Anyway, I think it’s going to suck, and I had an epiphany during a particularly turbulent plane trip recently that basically made me realize that life is too short to watch bad movies, so I’m going to avoid this one.
That said, I think Jaden Smith has almost as much screen-charisma as his dad and I look forward to seeing him in more movies, but definitely not this one.
Interesting tidbit: I really hate writing M Night Shyalaman-related posts because they increase my chances of making typos by about 500%.