Written June 30, 2016
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 September 27, 2016
I ENJOYED THE MOVIE MYSELF. WATC HING JADEN SMITH PLAY THE ROLE THAT HE DID WAS HEART FELT. HE AND HIS DAD MADE A GREAT TEAM. I WILL GET THIS WHEN IT COMES ON DVD.
Written May 04, 2016
This was just enough suspense/pace for two 12-year old girls (my daughter and her friend). They LOVED IT!!!
Adults may find the film "predictable" but the tweens were engrossed in the storyline and understood the relationships, the sacrifice and the struggles of the characters without excessive gore, cursing and rapid-flash-editing. I actually enjoyed WATCHING a movie and not getting a headache!
AFTER EARTH was not too grown-up and not too juvenile - perfect tween movie.
Highly recommend if you are truly looking for a PG-13 rating. Kudos to Jaden Smith!!!
Written April 02, 2015
I'm going to be honest here, and after watching the movie you'll probably agree with everything I said here. Don't go in expecting action in your face (it's relatively slow paced), and I would suggest only going to it if you're a fan of Will Smith and Jayden Smith... like REALLY a fan. I would say the majority of the movie, pretty much all the scenes, are zoomed in on one or both of them. Jayden is trying really hard, and he'll be great, just not right now. Will Smith of course is great without even trying like always. Some might even wonder if this is kid friendly, well, yeah it's pretty kid friendly... ish... The lack of gore makes it kid friendly (mind you there is imagery of death after the fact) but there are some moments with some jump scares for some reason, so as long as the kids can handle that they'll be ok?. Save yourself the money and time, pass the theater experience for this one, wait till it hits Bluray, in fact, even better, wait till it's free on Netflix instant
Written May 04, 2015
It is a story about a boy who flunked as a ranger but proved his metal later on and it is also about a love for family this a great family move but some of the creature may be too frightening for children under 10.