There have been some tremendous father/son teams throughout the history of film: Kirk and Michael Douglas, Martin and Charlie Sheen and Jerry and Ben Stiller are a few familiar names. Now add the reprising father/son duo of Will Smith and his son, Jaden, in their upcoming sci-fi action flick, After Earth. What’s not to like? You have talented actors in starring (and relatable) roles, and with M. Night Shyamalan in the director’s chair, After Earth is all set to sanction Jaden to take up his father’s mantle as an action star.
If you’re not familiar with Smith’s phenomenal work, you’re either not from this world or barely old enough to read this. He rose to fame as a rapper and star of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, but quickly soared to superstar status starring in films such as Bad Boys, Independence Day, Men in Black and I Am Legend. This time around, audiences will see a new side of him in After Earth as a cold, calculating military general.
His son, Jaden also has a burgeoning music career, but rose to prominence when the duo appeared together as father and son in the heart wrenching drama, The Pursuit of Happyness. Since then, he has wowed audiences with his skill and dedication in The Day the Earth Stood Still and especially 2010’s The Karate Kid. The latter showcased Jaden’s chops as an action star, and we’re all anxious to see how well he does in his latest role.
Smith envisioned the film’s concept after watching an episode of I Shouldn’t Be Alive and pitched the idea to M. Night Shyamalan, who loved it and the two of them co-wrote the script. While “abandoned Earth” is a popular theme for films this year, After Earth puts a fresh spin on the idea. Jaden plays a young and brash military cadet of the future who longs for the acceptance of his father. Smith takes on the role of the general who, in his youth, fought an alien enemy who thrives on fear by becoming completely fearless.
The story of a son struggling for the love of his father is timeless, but Shyamalan revitalized the theme by setting the film in a future society that rejects emotion in favor of courage. You may find yourself on the edge of your seat as you watch the son trying to conquer a deadly landscape full of fantastical animals and lethal foliage to prove his worth. Plus, having a talented, real-life father/son duo in the respective roles adds a realism and emotional depth few films have these days.
After Earth is perfect for families with teens, sci-fi fanatics, fans of the Smiths or anyone who loves a good action film. Check out showtimes and tickets here and make the Eventful Blog your weekly resource for the latest films!