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You may be forgiven if you didn’t even know that the upcoming Will Smith sci-fi actioner “After Earth” was directed by M. Night Shyamalan of “The Last Airbender” and “The Sixth Sense” fame. Fact is, ol Shyamalan’s name hasn’t been the same since “The Sixth Sense”, with one critical and commercial speed bump after another. Which probably explains why most of the ads for “After Earth” focuses on the Smiths instead of the director. Heck, his name doesn’t even APPEAR in some of the trailers and TV spots, that’s how far down the man has fallen since the highs of “The Sixth Sense”. Of course, once “After Earth” opens big (and it probably will, Smith has never really failed, has he?), Shyamalan will probably get his groove back. Maybe.
Anyways, check out some new images from the movie, opening this Friday. Yes, this Friday. Gotta say, the film sort of snuck up on me.
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 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.
Starring Will Smith, Jaden Smith, Isabelle Fuhrman, Zoë Kravitz, Sophie Okonedo.
Crash landing this May 31, 2013.
Get more images and videos in our “After Earth” preview page.