Release Date: June 7
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Rating: Not Yet Rated
1,000 years after humanity evacuated an uninhabitable Earth, a war hero and his son crash land on the now-hostile planet, filled with evolved savage wildlife who are not so keen on a reunion.
What We Know:
A millennia after humanity left Earth and settled on a planet called Nova Prime, General Cypher Raige (Will Smith) is its greatest hero after winning countless battles with hostile alien species. He originated a technique called "ghosting" in which the soldier purges all fear, rendering him invisible to certain enemy aliens species who sense it. (Or it could just be the name of the next YouTube meme sensation.)
That technique will certainly come in handy when the ship of the retiring General crash lands on Earth, leaving him and his son, Kitai (Jaden Smith) as the only survivors. With Cypher critically injured, it's up to 13 year-old Kitai to rely on his training as a Ranger Cadet and the advice of his father to control his fear in order wait out a rescue.
Now, armed only with a futuristic, multipurpose spear weapon, Kitai will have to contend with not only the hostile environment, its ravenously-evolved species out to kill, but also humanity's alien enemies who decide to drop by for some easy pickings.
Isabelle Fuhrman of The Hunger Games and Zoë Kravitz of X-Men: First Class also round out this future-set survival story.
What We Expect:
While Will Smith takes top billing on the marquee, this is clearly a film where his son, Jaden takes the central character spot in this father-son space-epic-turned-nature-horror. (At the risk of coining a genre name.)
It has potential for some interesting character dynamics. Kitai and his father will bond closer than ever during this ordeal, after having a somewhat distant relationship with Cypher previously distracted by his military duties and the death of his wife.
Director, M. Night Shyamalan's last attempt at big-budget action fare in anime adaptation, The Last Airbender did not go well critically, or financially. However, this film, despite its futuristic, action-packed context, allows for more of the intimate, nuanced character interactions that Shyamalan is more well-known for producing.
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