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After Earth

Director:  M. Night Shyamalan
Year Released:  2013
Rating:  0.5

Cataclysmic events have once again destroyed Earth, but they certainly weren't cataclysmic enough to wipe out the plague of nepotism. After a flight young brave Kitai (Jaden Smith) was taking with his father Cypher (Will Smith) crashes, Kitai has to trek through the hazardous terrain in order to locate and activate a signal beacon ... and also earn his wounded Dad's respect in the process (awww). The video-game type setup is purely visual in nature with none of the drama, since it's obvious from the get-go Kitai will "become a man" on the journey - compare/contrast with the tense Apocalypto - and Jaden, sadly, doesn't have the acting skills to pull off this virtual one-kid-show (is it just me, or does he actually try adopting accents throughout?). Shyamalan has now made a series of terrible movies in a row - isn't it time he take a rest to actually work on a script that matters (or retire altogether, which would be fine by me)?

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