'After Earth' Reviews – We Predict A Rotten 23%

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After Earth has all the ingredients for a bad film, doesn’t it? You’ve got the father-son partnership between Will Smith and Jaden in yet another post-apocalyptic dystopian vision of earth, and it’s from hit-and-miss director M. Night Shyamalan.

So when it came to predicting a score on film aggregator site, Rotten Tomatoes, we thought it would be a pretty easy task – we’ll just slap a 24% on this potential pile of steaming mess and pop the kettle on; knock up a strong coffee. That wouldn’t be fair, though, so we’ve decided to look at the reviews, which, for After Earth, could be like getting your gas and electricity meter checked and risking a bigger bill.

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1000 years have passed since humans walked the earth. Kitai Raige (Jaden) and his father Cypher (Will) crash land on the now isolated planet, and are forced to survive despite a pretty serious injury to Cypher. Not the worst plot of all time, but has it been executed well? “A trite sci-fi adventure that's probably too intense for younger viewers and not sophisticated enough for adults,” say Screen International. Oh dear, that’s not a good start. “You'll spend much of your time waiting for it to be after After Earth, waiting for that respite brought about by the damn thing finally getting to its silly, telegraphed point,” write Twitch. That’s not good either.

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Blu-ray.com say, “It's really the helmer's iffy creative decisions that keep After Earth more of a wince-inducing drag than the heart-squeezing, mind-blowing sci-fi adventure it desires to be,” which is really the last nail in the coffin for us. No, hang on, The Hollywood Reporter say the script fails in many places, calls Will Smith “hobbled” and mentions After Earth in the same sentence as The Last Airbender.

We were fair; we read the reviews before we came up with a figure Unfortunately for the Smith family, it doesn’t get any better. Fortunately, it only gets a little bit worse: a percentile to be exact. After Earth will get a pathetic 23% on Rotten Tomatoes, and that’s basically a fact.

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