Will Smith is the most reliable and bankable movie star we have, no surprise there. Dude even managed to get people to show up for Men In Black 3, although I have never personally met anyone who admits to it. By and large, most of his projects, even the dumb popcorn films, are enjoyable and likeable, mostly because they’re easy to follow. “Will Smith good funny strong guy. Beat up monsters. Me like,” said one American moviegoer I just interviewed in my brain.
All of that basically makes him the opposite of M. Night Shyamalan, the director behind some of the most convoluted, impossible to follow, and downright unlikeable movies of the past fifteen years, like that one where Marky Mark fought the wind. So what will happen when the two come together, like an unstoppable force, and an immovable (and pretentious) object in the film, After Earth?
A synopsis of the film was released this week. (via Joe Blo)
“In 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 (played by Will Smith) returns from an extended tour of duty to his estranged family, ready to be a father to his 13-year-old son, Kitai (played by Jaden Smith).”
Apparently, among the other things lost in this future scenario is the concept of character naming subtlety.
“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.”
“With karate!” it probably should’ve added. Clips from the film will debut at Comic-Con next week, after which 100% of the attendees will complain about it online for months before going to see it again anyway when it comes out next year.