THE PLOT THUS FAR
A crash landing leaves Kitai Raige and his father Cypher stranded on Earth, a millennium after events forced humanity’s escape. With Cypher injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“After Earth” offers some initial exposition about why humanity has fled the Earth. Blah, blah and the movie begins. One of the main war heroes in the battle against the Ursa is General Cypher Kaige. Cypher is a tough, battle-hardened military man who seems to have a hard time differentiating his work life from his home life. His son is Kitai, a young boy who desperately wants his father’s approval, and is trying for a position in the military, but fears he will never live up to dad’s lofty expectations for him. Kitai is also haunted by the memory of seeing his older sister, Senshi, being killed by an Ursa right before his eyes. Cypher’s wife suggests a father-son space voyage, so that they can bond. This doesn’t go very well, as the ship is severely damaged in an asteroid belt, killing everyone on board except Cypher and Kitai, and sending the ship crashing on the abandoned planet Earth.
However, a better script would have helped matters. Kitai must now go into rescue mode, wearing his amazing technicolor space suit, fighting beasts and creatures along the way to becoming a man. On his journey of self-awareness, Kitai contends with imminent peril: giant baboons, poisonous leeches, carnivorous tigers, and such. He needs to deal with the fluctuating below-freezing temperatures and an active volcano too. Life is hard. Kitai even battles a monster called the Ursa, a predator that hunts by sensing fear.
The DVD comes with an Ultraviolet Digital Copy, featurettes and related info. The A/V Quality is sharp enough for standard definition. The Dolby 5.1 track works for what it is, plus the mutant whales sound good. It works for what it is. I’d recommend a rental for the curious.
RELEASE DATE: 10/08/2013