#15 Movie Review: After Earth ❤

Finally I got to watch movies after so long. The last time was Jurassic Park 3D. I skipped my Fast and Furious and Now You See Me screenings few weeks ago due to some circumstances. =/ Anyway I would like to thank Nuffnang for the invitation. Yay! Before I forget, I added another two badges into my new Nuffnang badges collection. Hooray!

Two new badges are added to collection! Yay!

In the near future, an environmental cataclysm forces the human race to abandon Earth and venture beyond the Solar System in search of a new home. The exodus ends when humanity settles a new pristine world they call Nova Prime.

One thousand years later, The Ranger Corps, a peacekeeping organization commanded by General Cypher Raige (Will Smith), comes into conflict with the S'krell, alien creatures who intended to conquer Nova Prime. Their secret weapons are the Ursas, large predatory creatures that hunt by "sensing" fear. The Rangers struggle against the Ursas until Cypher learns how to completely suppress his fear, a technique called "ghosting". After teaching this technique to the other Rangers, he leads the Ranger Corps to victory.

Meanwhile, Cypher's son Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) blames himself for the death of his sister Senshi (Zoë Kravitz) at the hands of an Ursa. Not wanting to fail his father again because of her death, Kitai trains hard to become a Ranger just like Cypher. His application for the Ranger Corps is rejected due to his recklessness and Cypher views him as a disappointment. Kitai's mother Faia (Sophie Okonedo) convinces Cypher to take Kitai on his last voyage before retirement.

Forced together by the mission, father and son start to bond during the trip. However, their spaceship is caught by an asteroid shower forcing them to crash-land on Earth, now a Class-1 quarantined planet. Both of Cypher's legs are broken and the main emergency rescue beacon has been damaged. Cypher instructs Kitai to locate the tail section of the ship which broke off during the plunge to the surface. 

Inside is the backup beacon which they can use to signal Nova Prime. Kitai is given Cypher's Ranger weapon, a wrist communicator and six capsules of a fluid that enhances the oxygen intake so he can breathe since human lungs can no longer tolerate Earth's low oxygen levels. Cypher warns him to avoid the fauna and flora which has evolved since humans left and be careful with the planet's violent thermal shifts. Kitai sets off to find the tail section, with Cypher guiding him through the communicator.

The following day, Kitai reaches a mountaintop, and Cypher learns about Kitai's broken capsules. Although knowing that the only way to still make it with only 2 capsules was to skydive, he did not think that Kitai could make it. Concluding that Kitai won't have enough oxygen, Cypher orders Kitai to abort the mission.

Kitai reaches the tail section and retrieves the emergency beacon along with another communicator, another weapon, and more oxygen capsules. The communicator only allows Cypher to hear and see Kitai, but not for Kitai to hear him. Kitai is shocked to learn the ship's Ursa had escaped in the crash and killed the remnants of the crew. When the emergency beacon does not activate, Cypher realizes that the atmosphere is blocking the signal, and that Kitai must get to higher ground. Kitai heads to a nearby volcano from which he can launch the beacon where he is attacked by the Ursa and injured. 

However, remembering both Cypher's instructions, focusing on the moment rather than the outcome, and the words of encouragement Senshi whispered in his dream, Kitai is able to control his fear and "ghost" himself from the Ursa enough to kill it with his weapon. Kitai then launches the beacon and a rescue team soon arrive. Cypher recovers from his injuries and salutes Kitai for his bravery. 

The storyline is quite ok for me. The story seems not to have any climax and I love the scene where the condor sacrificed itself to save Kitai. It is really touching. However, I love how the father and son got reunited back with their family again. Rate of the movie: 3/5 

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