Written September 03, 2015
After Earth, the much anticipated summer blockbuster featuring the father son duet proves a dismal failure in terms of captivating the general interest of audience members. The film centers around an excavation mission to retrieve a beacon on the outer reaches of a hostile planet. Will Smith is forced to take a back seat as his son is forced to navigate a terrain where danger lurks at every corner. Armed with a retractable saber, his son is forced to deal battle with ferocious creatures and risk life and limb to reclaim the beacon. Ultimately the film falls short on momentum leaving audience members heading for the backdoor.
Written May 31, 2016
Not sure why people were so disappointed in this movie, I agree in could have been better in some ways. Missed a vital piece of info and maybe it called for a bit more action but all and all decent movie. Go see
Written February 10, 2016
As Science Fiction movies go, this one is a bit of a light weight. It is a good vehicle to let Will Smith's son take a lead role, but the script is lacking in all the elements you really want in a great movie.
While the special effects are very good, the script just does not allow the actors to convey the intent of the movie: Estranged father and son go on an adventure, and son has to undertake a hero's quest against great odds to save himself and his father. At the end the son overcomes his flaw and through the process he and his father reunite.
Well, while the movie goes in that direction, neither character is particularly likable, due mostly to the shallowness of the script.
Also, it begs the question, wait, if they have all that technology, where are the big guns?
So the movie seems a bit contrived to support the reason for the hero's flaw rather than getting there in a different way.
Written May 29, 2016
This is not a good movie. The dialogue is stiff, and often painful, and for some reason, Will Smith and his son speak in bizarre, unnecessary accents.
But, the sets and the vision of an Earth which is a jungle, full of danger, were interesting, and I found the movie more watchable than I expected.