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First Official Synopsis for M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘After Earth’ Reveals Bigger Picture

Written by on July 2, 2012 

In anticipation of its appearance at Comic Con, the geek extravaganza’s official website (via /Film) have unveiled the first ever synopsis of M. Night Shyamalan‘s sci-fi epic After Earth, starring Will and Jaden Smith. While we had more or less known what the film’s plot would entail for more than a year — no point in repeating it; you’re getting the rundown right here — a couple of new things have come to light.

Here it is:

“In After Earth, one thousand years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s escape from Earth, Nova Prime has become mankind’s new home. 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.”

The main revelation? After Earth‘s on-and-offscreen father is letting his on-and-offscreen son go to the foreground on this outing; it almost sounds as though the former will put in supporting work here. (I say this as someone who hasn’t seen the film, read the script, etc., so I might [certainly] be out of line in these guesses.) Seeing as most were receptive toward Jaden‘s work in The Karate Kid — a movie that he should have grown, talent-wise, since making — I won’t issue any concern.

Like just about, oh, every plot synopsis ever released, our inaugural outline of After Earth does just about nothing to change my opinion on the film. Right now, though, I am somewhat optimistic about this one’s outcome — how many Shyamalan movies do you say that about before they blow it all? — if only because of screenwriter Gary Whitta, whose technically unfinished script on The Book of Eli was still impressive, rollicking genre work; a rewrite from Stephen Gaghan (Traffic, Syriana) is another bonus. The rest is in your hands, M.

After Earth, whose cast also includes Zoë Kravitz, Sophie Okonedo and Isabelle Fuhrman, hits theaters on June 7th, 2013.

Does this synopsis give you any impressions?

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