After Earth viral, first taste of Shyamalan's next film
M. Night Shyamalan, enough to get most people leaping on the bandwagon of negativity, but not me, I'm still keen to see what he can deliver and After Earth is his next film that has me curious. There's nothing released from the film as yet but there is an interesting viral video that's bringing some idea of the story.
After Earth is a science fiction film that is led by Will Smith and Jaden Smith, or rather it's led by Jaden Smith because his dad's character is going to force his character's story to the fore. Let me explain.
Here's the blurb for 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 returns from an extended tour of duty to his estranged family, ready to be a father to his 13-year-old son, Kitai. 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.
So you see the story is really going to be featuring Jaden Smith in the lead role, which for me is already a little disappointing but then I'm not the true target audience. I'm still very curious to see how it turns out especially after seeing this viral.
The thing about the viral is that it plays out a Facebook-esque timeline of events that have happened to Earth and the Raige family without giving too much away, indeed the blurb gives out more than the viral does. What's interesting is that this alternate history doesn't seem that different from ours, until that is humanity leaves Earth behind.
Here's the viral so you can get a feel for where the film is going, and then I'd be interested to hear some thoughts about it.
I'm not leaping on the anti-Shyamalan wagon here and keeping objective, although to be fair I have liked most of his films so I guess I am a little biased on the other side. There are a lot of things to be interested in about this film, but I'm still wondering if I'll be sold on the lead being Jaden Smith. Perhaps the film is being aimed at a younger audience?