After Earth Movie Blurb by Shale May 31, 2013 This movie was fairly panned by the aggregate reviews on Rottentomatoes with only 13% of reviewers liking it. I have read their complaints have seen them onscreen and have to agree with them. However 82% of audiences did like it, perhaps as I do, take it for what it is and are not too critical. For a summer blockbuster, the CGI creatures were not the best (How about that tiger in Life of Pi?) That was a bit distracting but the scenery was nice on this alien earth, which had some of the most pristine natural landscapes. The story is how humans trashed the earth like we are doing now, to the point that it was uninhabitable. So humans loaded the biggest rockets and set off for another planet that would sustain them. This is a thousand years later and the humans are still fighting some indigenous life forms (monsters) on that planet that are blind except for detecting the pheromones released by humans in fear. Cypher Raige (Will Smith) is a ranger who has somehow conquered fear and thus is invisible to the monsters. This special skill is called "ghosting" and he has risen in rank to General. He is strictly military, stern, no nonsense and away from home a lot. His son, Kitai (Jaden Smith) is trying to emulate his fathers success but has recently washed out of Ranger training. Cypher realizes his neglect to his family and is about to retire. His wife Faia (Sophie Okonedo) tells him about the turmoil in their son's life and Cypher takes him on a mission with him, transporting one of the monsters in a cage for off world training. If you watched the trailers you know the spaceship crashes on this forbidden planet Earth, where over the last millennium all the predators got upgraded. Cypher and Kitai are the only survivors and the ship broke up on entry so the tail section where their homing beacon to give a distress call is miles away from where they are. Cypher had a badly broken leg, so Kitai must retrieve the beacon. Cypher & Kitai After Crash Of course this is futuristic sci-fi so they have all the devices so Cypher can instruct his son on staying alive in this hostile place and also monitor him and the things tracking him and give him warning. Injured Cypher at Controls The rest of this movie is Kitai's adventure staying alive in this hostile environment, fighting huge flying raptors, big cats, a troop of baboons while encumbered by the increased gravity of the planet and it's lack of oxygen for which he takes supplements and the rapid climate changes. Kitai On Mission in Snow And of course there is the escaped alien monster which tracks him by fear. Kitai Faces His Fear The movie has its flaws but can be enjoyable for those who sit back and enjoy it despite that. It might be considered more of a family oriented sci-fi movie, since Jaden Smith is the lead actor. Will just sat around lapsing in and out of consciousness from his bleeding broken leg and much of the time Kitai was on his own and Jaden pretty much owned it.