After Earth | Chicago Reader

After Earth

M. Night Shyamalan is one of the few Hollywood genre directors with a sense of pacing and physical space; with this big-budget sci-fi adventure he maintains suspense by revealing only gradually the full scope of the fantastic setting. A few thousand years after the earth has become uninhabitable, a space commander and his son (Will Smith and his real-life son, Jaden, both wooden) crash-land on the dead planet and struggle to survive. Much of Will's dialogue consists of life lessons imparted to the boy, and they sound like a motivational seminar.



  • M. Night Shyamalan


  • Jaden Smith
  • Will Smith
  • Sophie Okonedo
  • ZoĆ« Kravitz
  • Glenn Morshower
  • Kristofer Hivju
  • Sacha Dhawan
  • Chris Geere
  • Diego Klattenhoff
  • David Denman
  • Lincoln Lewis
  • Jaden Martin
  • Sincere Bobb
  • Monika Jolly


  • Caleeb Pinkett
  • Jada Pinkett Smith
  • Will Smith
  • James Lassiter
  • M. Night Shyamalan
  • E. Bennett Walsh

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