Written January 27, 2015
I can't believe there are critics who say this is a must see. It had the star power and a good idea. Unfortunately Jaden Smith dragged it down. I never believed he was an elite soldier recruit, nor did I see any sense of urgency to save his father.
Had this been recast, it may have done better
Written January 30, 2015
The beginning was Okay
after the crash everything SUCKED BIG TIME
The ending was Okay!.
A waste of my time and money!.
Written January 31, 2015
I enjoyed the film and felt that Kitai's character was fleshed out pretty well. It was established that he was smart and had some field training although he fell short of proving himself to be a ranger while in the academy. Hey, he was a young teen living with some serious scars and a hero dad who was out saving the world but not his family. The fact that Will's character was severely injured and unable to move his lower body allowed him to feel real fear for his son who had a daunting task to undertake. It would have been nice to see him cry or agonize more but that may have been out of character. It would have also been nice to see more terrorizing creatures. I think there were four if you include the insect. The ones they had were pretty cool. Not sure that a human can actually outrun several monkeys. All in all, the movie held my attention and was entertaining. It empowered a young man who didn't know what he had in him. I also liked the capability of his suit and the mother bird.
Written March 05, 2015
I saw the commercials and figured this would be a pretty good movie. But the only good parts were what was in the commercial... The acting was terrible and the plot wasn't very good either. He has no sense of urgency during the movie at all and he didn't have any real obsticles. The whole movie the dad kept having flash-backs to the same moment and bleeding out.. I mean the beast thing in the end barely even lasted a few minutes before that was over, and Jaden's acting during that scene was iffy. So if you were thinking about seeing this I would suggest you go find another movie like Star Trek or something like that. And if you don't care about my review and are going to go see it I don't suggest bringing kids because it is kind of gory and there are some scary scenes weaved in there, and if you are scared easily just bring somebody to cling to and you'll be good
Written November 23, 2014
Thought it was excellent. The plot kept me on the edge of my seat and the special effects were good without being overwhelming. A good opportunity for parents to discuss the father/son relationship. My recommendation is to go!