Sunday, 23 June 2013
262, After Earth
Well, luckily - the relationship between them in the movie is close to written off anyway which helps, minimising the element of gushing parent to perfect child - Will is the military commander, barely home enough to raise his own offspring and Jaden - determined to prove to everyone he is every bit his fathers son - with little acknowledgement back in return.
The movie is set way in the future - a Millennium after the human race was forced to leave Earth due to finally exhausting the planet for all its worth. On an exploratory mission that goes bad - Will & Jaden find themselves crash landed on an abandoned alien world - as the only two survivors and with Cypher (Will) injured - it falls to Kitai (Jaden) to trek across a dangerous and unknown territory to the rest of the wreckage to collect the homing beacon that will bring the rescue ships in to pick them both up. That world - Earth. But now, everything has evolved to kill humans (even the cute monkeys!) so good luck with that!
This will not go down in my mind as the greatest movie Will has ever made but with so many success stories under his belt already - he's allowed one or two flops a decade - and on the flip side - this still makes Wild Wild West look awful!