Everyone will have their eyes on director M. Night Shyamalan’s new project, After Earth. After several questionable attempts at blending sci-fi and horror, the director, known for his signature twists, will attempt to gain back the fans he lost with The Happening, The Last Airbender and Lady in the Water.
While his visions are unique, as of late his reputation has taken a quite a hit, primarily with messy storytelling and stagnant story lines. Can he gain back the reputation he garnered with 1999′s Sixth Sense and 2002′s Signs? By the way this is the first trailer in a while that does not have Shyamalan’s name attached…
A Father Helping His Son Conquer Fear
The story is compelling, and while not necessarily original, it’s characters and the actors playing them will get people to the seats. Whether they walk out raving or slamming it, that’ll be up to Shyamalan.
Set one thousand years into the future, the story focuses on a father, General Cypher Raige (Will Smith) and his son, Kiati Raige (Jaden Smith), and their survival on an inhabitable Earth, one where humans are at the bottom of the food chain. While Cypher hasn’t been the best father and husband, he plans to father his son to the best of his abilities as he teaches him about nature, survival and how to conquer fears in the face of adversity.
Shyamalan has landed Hollywood’s top leading man and his son, who’s received quite the following over the past five years. Of course, the trailer brings to mind the real life father-son film Pursuit of Happiness, and while we can be certain of Will’s character will teach his son vital life lessons, After Earth places the duo against the forces of nature, bringing to mind the recent films Avatar and Oblivion.
Besides Will and Jaden Smith, the film will also star Isabelle Fuhrman (Orphan, The Hunger Games), the talented and beautiful Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda, Aeon Flux), and Lenny Kravitz’s daughter Zoe Kravitz (X-men: First Class, Mad Max: Furry Road).
And then there’s the music, which really takes the trailer to another level. The incredible James Newton Howard will compose the score. Howard has been Shyamalan’s go to composer for the duration of his filmmaking career in Hollywood; the two teamed up for Signs, Lady in the Water, The Sixth Sense and the mind blowing score that is The Village.
Instead of penning the script himself, Shyamalan teamed up with screenwriters Stephen Gaghan (Rules of Engagement) and Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli). Could this be the start of something great? And could this be the turnaround we’ve all been waiting for in Shyamalan’s career?
After Earth slams into theaters June 7th, 2013.
‘After Earth’ Trailer