Review: 'After Earth' is like sci-fi leftovers

Will Smith stars with son Jaden in "After Earth."

Story highlights

  • "After Earth" is directed by M. Night Shyamalan
  • Will Smith plays Cypher and real-life son Jaden plays his son, Kitai
  • EW gives it a grade of C+
I've lost count, but "After Earth" seems like it must be the fourth post-apocalyptic thriller this month. The movie teams Will Smith and his son, Jaden Smith, and it was directed by M. Night Shyamalan, the former maestro-huckster of the twist ending. But Shyamalan's star has fallen, and he has become a glorified gun for hire. The movie takes off from a concept as basic as a videogame, and it sticks to that concept, without surprise.
In the dystopian future, the human race has been forced to abandon a toxic earth overrun by snappy-jawed monsters that look like they came