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 July 29, 2015
The story was okay, the visual effects were nice but not too amazing like Iron Man or Star Trek.
Turn OFF: The material used to show the starship after crashed it seemed not believable. (more new age starship kind it, like curtains. cloths all over ???, etc)
The rest was interesting to see the son growing through his challenges.
I was concerned about the director which with the exception of the six sense and maybe signs (the end was so, so) the last half dozen movies that he did were not that great.
For me he is good in building the initial suspense and you think something amazing is going to happen but by the end of the movie unfortunately most of the time it comes out short (mentally when you see, you think is that it ???). If he could improve his endings I think it would help him. This movie was not too bad, predictable but with a nice ok end.
Written June 30, 2015
AFTER the few touching moments between a Father and his only Son, and after the excellent computer generated graphics of some very wicked looking Beasties, I was left feeling like Will Smiths son's acting still needed some lessons. ALTHOUGH his acting has definitely has improved over earlier movies, he still needs a few more years to learn how to develop his characters a bit more. Excellent directing by M. Night and OVERALL a good movie that may have been better in 3D and is just between a So-So and a GO.
Written October 01, 2014
Family Movie. It was touching and exciting. A feel good trust and connecting relationship. Beautiful. I get it. Both myself and my son rate it a 7 out of 10 at Best. I will purchase when it comes out.
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