At this point, none of us should get excited by the trailer for an M. Night Shyamalan movie. “But this one looks good!” was said after previews for Lady in the Water, The Happening, and The Last Airbender, and all felt like they were made by a man who had no grasp of how to actually make a film. Yes, yes: the first trailer for After Earth promised more than anything those three aforementioned bombs ultimately had in store. The point does not lose any standing.
So, Night, this writer is sorry for refusing to make any early judgements on your next movie — by now, any eventual disappointment would be the fault of no one but myself. This second preview, however, is an improvement, what with offers of a far wider scope, some actual stabs at emotion (decide for yourself if they happen to work), and glimpses at a couple of sci-fi action scenes which, hey, can’t be worse than his last attempt. That it doesn’t have a director credit attached is awfully telling, but the decision is wise: had yours truly been told this was helmed by someone behind a recent, decent studio adventure, we’d have a little something going. And, if they explained what the hell kind of voice Will Smith was attempting? Well, that’s actually a different matter altogether.
Watch the trailer below (via Apple):
A crash landing leaves teenager Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his legendary father Cypher (Will Smith) stranded on Earth, 1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s escape. With Cypher critically injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help, facing uncharted terrain, evolved animal species that now rule the planet, and an unstoppable alien creature that escaped during the crash. Father and son must learn to work together and trust one another if they want any chance of returning home.
After Earth opens on June 7th.
With this new look, does it seem as if Shyamalan finally has another hit on his hands? Does his presence still leave you skeptical?
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