Different from many sites that can only see this film from one vantage point, we’re going to attempt to see reviews of this film by more than one perspective. These are the list of topics that will likely help this movie unto 2013’s hall of shame. Though not in this order, we’ll grudgingly process these hot topics for you:
- M. Night Shyamalan
- Will Smith
- Jaden Smith
Also we will admit we have not seen this movie ourselves and are depending on the horrible reviews from the likes of “Rotten Tomatoes”, “Deadline”, “Entertainment weekly” and Rogerebert.com. Before discussing the movie here’s an official film synopsis from the Cinablend website :
“A crash landing leaves teenager Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his legendary father Cypher (Will Smith) stranded on Earth, 1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s escape. With Cypher critically injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help, facing uncharted terrain, evolved animal species that now rule the planet, and an unstoppable alien creature that escaped during the crash. Father and son must learn to work together and trust one another if they want any chance of returning home.”
Despite the bad reviews, it probably isn’t fair to predict a career climax for Jaden Smith. If it is not apparent yet, child acting isn’t really acting school for professional actors. Some consider the practice only slightly better than extra work yet sites like the late Roger Ebert still tried to remind audiences of the younger Smith’s last two box office successes.
(“The Karate Kid,” “The Pursuit of Happyness”) 
I wont belabor the point yet for every
(actors who were in contention for or won academy awards as adults) the practice frequently doesn’t prove competitive. Most, who are not exceptionally talented or trained, fail to score in later film work where weaknesses in professionalism can be witnessed better than supporting vehicles. If Jaden doesn’t choose to get an education like Jodie Foster or Brooke Shields he may choose to continue to allow his parents to steer him toward finer film waters in the future. The decision to pursue child acting may be too complicated to leave to children alone. Consequently few children ever choose this route without the acceptance or pursuit of these opportunities by the parents of these young artists.
For anyone disappointed by the early retirement of Will Smith or his graduation to producer (assuming a directing bid was his ambition), After Earth won’t satisfy. Many bad reviews claimed the movie was a “vanity project” meaning a studio venture undertaken to please a formerly successful star actor. SERGIO of indiewire.com’ s Shadow and Act film criticism wing reminded us of another way for Hollywood “A” listers to spoil their children.
“Hollywood stars used to buy their children expensive sports cars as gifts. Now they give them $130 million vanity projects to star in. And after seeing the film, I wish Jaden had asked for a Porsche instead too.” 
That aside, referring to the opening week box office, “Entertainment weekly” informed us that this gamble on the former “Fresh Princes” part cost him dearly.
But his latest effort, After Earth, landed with a major thud on opening weekend, grossing just $27 million (distributor Sony told outlets it was expecting $35 million before the weekend) and opening in third place with a tepid “B” CinemaScore. 
Both Slate and Deadline.com claimed “After Earth” had an unusual scientology genesis or sub text. Making this reviewer wonder what’s going on in Smith’s workshop. A former rap music star, some might feel Smith is proving African American “A” listers have as much trouble maturing into post forty roles as Caucasian actresses. Other than (re) claiming the sequels of his former film franchises, Smith gives us little reason to believe these rumors are false. The highest earning rap industry graduate, regardless of one film misstep, I think Smith still has it in him to produce another blockbuster. However I’m not talking about the Barack Obama biopic he’s been pining after in so many interviews.
M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN:
Thanks to EW writer Grady Smith’s Will Smith career box office synopsis we know like Will smith, most of SHYAMALAN’s best box office victories actually result from the foreign markets. Box office Mojo reports on what was supposed to be his last career destroying performance, “The Last Air Bender” actually made $40,325,019. In terms of lifetime gross, that’s his third lifetime highest. At the time I don’t think anyone thought that movie had a chance of looking good in any international cinema showcase. So the critics’ predictions may be just as wrong regarding him as any other participant on this film.
Before making predictions, let’s not forget the competition. Sure there was a lot of hype surrounding his early career. And maybe he hasn’t succeeded as the next Alfred Hitchcock, yet let’s not forget it’s supposed to be the Asian century. Of any director in the world with Asian ancestory, he has to be one of the most experienced CGI directors of any director except John Woo. So if this is the new gold standard for CGI directorial training, (“Man of Steel” director, Zack Snyder has at least two CGI bombs under his belt) we only have more things to hope for from Shyamalan in the near future.
Still the second largest film capital in the world, one never knows when Bollywood might come a calling?
We’re not one to make light of nepotism, yet with so many reviews and blog comment sections made mention of the topic. With so many Bridges, Douglass’, Barrymore’s, and Cassidy’s in Hollywood, I hardly think Will Smith’s support of his son is indicative of a novel or egregious trend. Still we can only hope this film will become a cautionary episode in another wise frequently unfavorable trend.
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