After Earth - Jaden Smith and Will Smith
After Earth - Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and Cypher Raige (Will Smith) ©2013 Columbia Pictures

Will Smith and son’s After Earth project began with an ordinary evening at home.

After Earth - Poster: Jaden Smith and Will Smith
Poster: Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and Cypher Raige (Will Smith) ©2013 Columbia Pictures

“Jaden and I were talking about how we’d liked working together on Pursuit of Happyness, and that we might want to do that again,” says Will Smith.

“As we’re talking about looking for that story, with the news on in the background, Jaden says, ‘Maybe I’m your son, I’m in trouble, and you have to come home from war.’ That turned into an idea of a father and son who go off on a bonding trip to Alaska, and they have to get through the wilderness.”

“It was just fun, an interesting conversation until we juxtaposed the idea of setting the story a thousand years in the future – and then the whole concept of After Earth started to explode in our minds.”

After Earth is the first feature to be shot with the Sony F65 4K digital camera, a state-of-the-art motion picture camera. The F65 camera’s unprecedented 8K image sensor, with approximately 20 total megapixels, offers higher image fidelity than any other digital cinema production camera.

The IMAX release of After Earth will be digitally re-mastered with proprietary Digital Re-mastering technology. The crystal-clear images coupled with IMAX’s customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio claim it will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

After Earth – Official IMAX Trailer

After Earth – Image Gallery

After Earth – Official Information

A crash landing leaves teenager Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his legendary father Cypher (Will Smith) stranded on Earth, 1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s escape. With Cypher critically injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help, facing uncharted terrain, evolved animal species that now rule the planet, and an unstoppable alien creature that escaped during the crash. Father and son must learn to work together and trust one another if they want any chance of returning home.

Cast includes Jaden Smith, Will Smith, Sophie Okonedo, Zoë Kravitz, Glenn Morshower, Sacha Dhawan, Chris Geere, Kristofer Hivju and Diego Klattenhoff.

Directed by M Night Shyamalan with the story by Will Smith and screenplay by Gary Whitta and M Night Shyamalan. Produced by Caleeb Pinkett, Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith, James Lassiter and M Night Shyamalan. Executive Producer E Bennett Walsh.

Rated PG-13 by the MPAA for SciFi action, violence and some disturbing images

After Earth – Theatrical release dates

US and Canada: May 31, 2013
US IMAX Release June 7, 2013
UK: June 7, 2013
Australia: June 13, 2013

Colin Davies

The editor of Film Review Online