M Night Shyamalan is trying hard to redeem his film career after a few lack luster films at the box office with his latest foray into film After Earth. I should point out its easy to be one of those ‘critics’ who sits back and critizes filmmakers and M Night Shyamalan has fallen victim to many of them.
M Night broke onto the scene with some truly outstanding work with the high points for me being Unbreakable and The Sixth Sense but he has also had a few really bad films like The Lady in the Water and Devil. That said as much as M Night might be missing the mark when he goes to bed at night he at least can say he tried where as his haters have done nothing but troll the internet.
His next film titled After Earth will hopefully take him back to his roots. The film stars Jaden Smith and Will Smith and for those wondering yes Jaden is related, he is Will Smith’s son. Having a famous father definitely has its perks.
I have always felt that Shyamalan’s weak point was not his directing skills but his ability to end a film and with that in mind After Earth should be an easy project for him to shine on since he did not write it. All of Shyamalan’s film are unique concepts that start out with power and then fizzle out in the second half except for the rare film as mentioned above that delivers from start to finish.
After Earth was written by Garry Whitta and he has a bit of experience writing apocalyptic tales since he wrote the fantastic Denzel Washington film The Book of Eli. Gary Whitta directed a short film in 2010 called Starting Over which it seems this movie might be based off of. If anyone has seen the short film which shares a similar plot line or knows where we can watch it please drop us a link
After Earth will be at Comic Con 2012 and the synopsis for said film is as follows;
In After Earth, one thousand years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s escape from Earth, Nova Prime has become mankind’s new home. Legendary General Cypher Raige (played by Will Smith) returns from an extended tour of duty to his estranged family, ready to be a father to his 13-year-old son, Kitai (played by Jaden Smith).
When an asteroid storm damages Cypher and Kitai’s craft, they crash-land on a now unfamiliar and dangerous Earth. As his father lies dying in the cockpit, Kitai must trek across the hostile terrain to recover their rescue beacon. His whole life, Kitai has wanted nothing more than to be a soldier like his father. Today, he gets his chance.