It's been six years since the younger Smith charmed audiences with his touching bite-size portrayal opposite his dad Will in The Pursuit of Happyness, and two years since he claimed the box office alongside Jackie Chan in the 2010 remake of The Karate Kid. So now I suppose he's bonafide and ready to take Hollywood by storm like his papa. You've got to hand it to him; he does have determination. At least he's not annoying like other Hollywood heirs. Plus, he's got some acting chops.
In any case, here's a little more on After Earth:
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). 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.
Sounds like Jaden might have his hands full with this project, which puts propels him to the forefront of a pretty gigantic-looking movie. And teaming up with his dad again is a good look, but it sounds like the elder Smith won't be in it too long if we know right off the bat that he dies. Or maybe he will be there in flashbacks? I guess we'll have to see.
But here's another big risk: M. Night Shyamalan. I'm sure he has fans...somewhere. But I for one have written him off around the time when...he did any other film after The Sixth Sense thirteen years ago. If you know what he's done since then, then you know exactly what I'm talking about. But will After Earth be his big comeback? I don't know.
The trailer looks....ok I guess. But it can't be just about the amazing Smith guys. It would be nice to see some action from the film's supporting characters played by Sophie Okenedo (where has she been??) and Zoe Kravitz. Until then, I wait with baited breath.
After Earth invades theaters June 7th, 2013 (another summer blockbuster?)