Af­ter Earth

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES -

Will Smith ush­ers his son Jaden into the block­buster club with a sci-fi ad­ven­ture set on a far-fu­ture Earth, long aban­doned by mankind. They play fa­ther-and-son, with Jaden fend­ing for him­self af­ter Will cops it in a space­ship crash-land­ing. They say: The big­gest crit­i­cal and com­mer­cial flop of Smith Snr’s ca­reer, with au­di­ences stay­ing away from a plod­dingly dull snoozer. Bat­tle­ship Earth, any­one? (Re­port, Page 11.) Wesay: Di­rected by M. Night Shya­malan ( The Sixth Sense, The Last Air­ben­der), Af­ter Earth is laugh­ably out­gunned by the gor­geous Obliv­ion, with Tom Cruise, and Matt Da­mon’s cut­ting-edge Ely­sium among 2013’s trio of big orig­i­nal sci-fi. Worse still is Smith Snr’s seed­ing of Af­ter Earth’s sto­ry­line with con­cepts lifted from his un­for­tu­nate new hobby – Scien­tol­ogy. Run­ning time 100 min­utes. Screens at Har­bour Town, Nerang, Pa­cific Fair, Aus­tralia Fair, Robina, Coolan­gatta, Tweed City, Yatala Drive-in.

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