M Night Shayamalan has had a string of bombs both critically and commercially since The Village. Some have not forgiven him for destroying the much loved franchise Avatar: The Last Airbender. Many question whether he was ever talented in the first place. Although most would agree that The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs were all excellent films. I think fans of those films cling to the hope that he may one day return to his former glory.
After Earth is my hope that it will be Night’s redemption film. I’ve never seen him do hardcore sci-fi before, so color me intrigued. Also, he has Will Smith as a leading man who as far as I’m concerned, still a box office draw. Not to mention he will be playing opposite his son Jaden Smith to bring in the younger crowd. From the looks of the trailer, the possibility of this being at least a good film is definitely there. I will be keeping a close eye on the film as its release draws closer.
The film also stars Zoe Kravitz, Sophie Okonedo, and Isabelle Fuhrman. After Earth opens June 7, 2013.
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