Escape to the Movies: After Earth

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Shyamalan has made some bad movies and "Cypher Raige" is a stupid name that deserves to be made fun of. But I actually think this review would be better without Bob's fake crying and fake laughing. Both segments just kind of kill the momentum of the video and distract from the on point criticism I have come to expect from him.

I donT think Shayamalan had much, if any creative input with this movie. This is clearly a Raige... I mean Smith vanity project.

But seriously... Cypher Raige? Anyone else reminded of the many names of David Ryder?

I'm sure my book project has that beat , try Lord of power or power lord(of which the emssary will not be called as such till book 2 >>) And for still in the works chapter 3 the antagonist is named Baron Von Molt'Tone... mmm now that I think its still not as bad as Cypher Raige LOL

http://zippydsmlee.deviantart.com/art/Zippy-Book-prolouge-77989827?q=gallery%3Azippydsmlee%2F1877368&qo=117

I actually think Smith is more at fault here than Shyamalan. Seriously, the guy basically bought his son a movie and Smith has become infamous for demanding script control. The whole Django thing from what I understand is due to him not believing that Django was the main character solely because he didn't kill Calvin Candie (the "main bad guy")...which shows that he didn't get the script. Smith is just an egomaniac who's become better known for the piles of mediocrity he's starred in rather than the good stuff he's done.

Rex Powercolt = Awesome name.
Cypher Raige = Not awesome?
I personally like the name...has a ring to it.

I'm at the point where Bob is kind of the M. Night of movie critics to me. His reviews and opinions always start out promising, but ultimately in the end he's seldom right. Far too often I watch movies he rages on and find them to be not only serviceable, but refreshingly good. Or the opposite; films he gets a boner over, I've sat through and "meh'd" my way through losing several hours of my life. Now of course, he'll probably explain this strange occurrence in some elitist fashion where he explains that his years of sitting in a college classroom watching movies as if it was a legitimate field of actual higher educational studies on par with studying university physics or biochemistry, but I'm pretty confident that a sufficiently motivated person with a moderate amount of wit and writing talent could toss off movie reviews in a similar vein (or reviews on just about any pop-culture medium) and achieve a similar level of success. Frankly, I watch his videos because I find him amusing, not because I think he a.) knows anything about cinema that is on an academic level of interest to 90% of society and b.) has a solid history of being able to separate duds from magnificent works of cinematic art. I don't really consider myself a "popcorn" blockbuster audience member.. I'm fairly selective about the movies that I see, and highly critical of movies that fail to meet expectation. For example, I agree with Bob on Amazing Spider-man and how terrible that film was from start to end, albeit we didn't arrive to the same conclusion via the same route. I thought Garfield was a decent enough Peter, and the special effects weren't worse than anything I've seen on the Sci Fi channel. But the character, storyline, plot, and just about everything else... was garbage. On the other hand, Bob has bagged on films I thought were spectacular. Far too often, I find myself experiencing the latter, not the former.

That said, After Earth is a good movie. It's MUCH better than Bob gives it credit for. This movie to me falls into the same bin as Jack Reacher... I think people will pass on it, downplay it's quality, and ultimately ignore it in lieu of greater box office big budget offerings. And then they will see it later on DVD, and they will think it's a badass film that they jump on facebook to tell their friends how cool they thought it was. Unfortunately, by then it'll be too late and the ship will have sailed on any potential sequels, which I honestly believe this film deserves a second or third installation... the universe they've created just BEGS for further exploration, although I think what would be super smart is for them to create a TV Series based around Khitai... which would help Jaden grow as an actor and develop properly as opposed to just trying to help him flub his way through film after film chasing that elusive thing called "acting talent."

The one thing I do agree with Bob about is that this movie teases a lot and maybe that's the Shamalyan (sp) at play behind the camera, whom I'm going to also support as not that gawd-awful director he's been painted as. Avatar wasn't a bad film in the LEAST, and removing the craptastic ending, the happening was a tense film that had me on edge until the very last moment. Even Devilator (haha get it?) was pretty intense at parts, and I'll openly admit that riding in elevators is a bit unnerving for me now, just a teeny tiny bit.

Anyway, I would urge everyone to take a chance and go see this movie and decide for yourself. In the very least, you'll be moderately entertained for a couple of hours, no worse or better than if you had seen any other movie. But you might find yourself pleasantly surprised at how good this movie actually IS. And yes, Bob is right about one thing.. it DEFINITELY feels like it was originally penned as a VIDEO GAME rather than a film.. but I think that actually adds to the charm.. there were several parts I REALLY could envision this as a Naughty Dog game or Sucker Punch created adventure title in an open world setting or something akin to fall out or far cry. If it had been, After Earth would be a run away hit IP. Even the Cypher Raige thing would have been acceptably cool (I thought the name was funny, but appropriate given the tone and setting. You'll have to see the movie to understand why it isn't the gut-busting stupid name Bob made it out to be). If there is anyone with intelligence in the gaming division of these studios, SOMEONE will be immediately putting together a project to continue this universe in a next gen game.
But that aside, go see this movie, ignore Bob's rage and hate, and remember.. never let critics decide what is good for you.

empirialtank:
im sorry i can't get over the fact that the alien monsters can only find you if you're afraid of them?

that's even dumber than the signs aliens, or even killer pollen. what were the aliens going to do if humanity started using unmanned vehicles to fight them? or androids? or Buddhist monks? or soldiers on Prozac? or soldiers that have had lobotomies? or Space Marines? (they do not feel fear for they are fear incarnate)

Actually i kind of like the androids idea: In a world where monsters hunt us using our own emotions, man kind's last hope if a force of android guardians. But what will happen when one of those androids learns to love?

you could get that girl from twilight to play the android since she'll never have show any emotions anyway. throw in a Data style longing to be human sub plot, some outsider observations on the fallen state of humanity, emo meta commentary on how no one understands her and lots of fighting scenes and bam good movie.

Worse, without a sense of sight or smell, how the heck did these things get off a planet and wage war against humanity? How did they ever figure out there is anything beyond their own planet without looking up? Or create complex computer systems or chemical processes without sight?

Even if they did get up there unless they can sense fear over thousands of miles and through a pure vacuum, your not going to be able to defend yourself from any form of attack, or know where your going (unless they somehow came up with a radio system that can be read by touching it.)

Screw sending in the robots, you could simple fly in orbit and drop big piles of garbage on their planet till they are all DEAD.

It pleases me to know that not only is Jaden Smith an unbearably irritating human being, but that he can't act either.

HyenaThePirate:
I'm at the point where Bob is kind of the M. Night of movie critics to me. His reviews and opinions always start out promising, but ultimately in the end he's seldom right. Far too often I watch movies he rages on and find them to be not only serviceable, but refreshingly good. Or the opposite; films he gets a boner over, I've sat through and "meh'd" my way through losing several hours of my life. Now of course, he'll probably explain this strange occurrence in some elitist fashion where he explains that his years of sitting in a college classroom watching movies as if it was a legitimate field of actual higher educational studies on par with studying university physics or biochemistry, but I'm pretty confident that a sufficiently motivated person with a moderate amount of wit and writing talent could toss off movie reviews in a similar vein (or reviews on just about any pop-culture medium) and achieve a similar level of success. Frankly, I watch his videos because I find him amusing, not because I think he a.) knows anything about cinema that is on an academic level of interest to 90% of society and b.) has a solid history of being able to separate duds from magnificent works of cinematic art. I don't really consider myself a "popcorn" blockbuster audience member.. I'm fairly selective about the movies that I see, and highly critical of movies that fail to meet expectation. For example, I agree with Bob on Amazing Spider-man and how terrible that film was from start to end, albeit we didn't arrive to the same conclusion via the same route. I thought Garfield was a decent enough Peter, and the special effects weren't worse than anything I've seen on the Sci Fi channel. But the character, storyline, plot, and just about everything else... was garbage. On the other hand, Bob has bagged on films I thought were spectacular. Far too often, I find myself experiencing the latter, not the former.

That said, After Earth is a good movie. It's MUCH better than Bob gives it credit for. This movie to me falls into the same bin as Jack Reacher... I think people will pass on it, downplay it's quality, and ultimately ignore it in lieu of greater box office big budget offerings. And then they will see it later on DVD, and they will think it's a badass film that they jump on facebook to tell their friends how cool they thought it was. Unfortunately, by then it'll be too late and the ship will have sailed on any potential sequels, which I honestly believe this film deserves a second or third installation... the universe they've created just BEGS for further exploration, although I think what would be super smart is for them to create a TV Series based around Khitai... which would help Jaden grow as an actor and develop properly as opposed to just trying to help him flub his way through film after film chasing that elusive thing called "acting talent."

The one thing I do agree with Bob about is that this movie teases a lot and maybe that's the Shamalyan (sp) at play behind the camera, whom I'm going to also support as not that gawd-awful director he's been painted as. Avatar wasn't a bad film in the LEAST, and removing the craptastic ending, the happening was a tense film that had me on edge until the very last moment. Even Devilator (haha get it?) was pretty intense at parts, and I'll openly admit that riding in elevators is a bit unnerving for me now, just a teeny tiny bit.

Anyway, I would urge everyone to take a chance and go see this movie and decide for yourself. In the very least, you'll be moderately entertained for a couple of hours, no worse or better than if you had seen any other movie. But you might find yourself pleasantly surprised at how good this movie actually IS. And yes, Bob is right about one thing.. it DEFINITELY feels like it was originally penned as a VIDEO GAME rather than a film.. but I think that actually adds to the charm.. there were several parts I REALLY could envision this as a Naughty Dog game or Sucker Punch created adventure title in an open world setting or something akin to fall out or far cry. If it had been, After Earth would be a run away hit IP. Even the Cypher Raige thing would have been acceptably cool (I thought the name was funny, but appropriate given the tone and setting. You'll have to see the movie to understand why it isn't the gut-busting stupid name Bob made it out to be). If there is anyone with intelligence in the gaming division of these studios, SOMEONE will be immediately putting together a project to continue this universe in a next gen game.
But that aside, go see this movie, ignore Bob's rage and hate, and remember.. never let critics decide what is good for you.

After Earth was not a good movie i watched it at midnight release and i was completely disappointed in it will smith played the no fear general great but having the entire movie ride on jayden's shoulders was a bad call hes not a good actor and when he did try to act it was some what sad that said i like movie bob and i dont always follow his reviews but for a movie im not familiar with i would, like if i would have waited 24 hrs and would have seen his review i would not have seen it.

No surprise that this movie is a piece of garbage, I knew it would be as soon as I heard that M Night was making it and that Jaden Smith would be in it.

I still haven't forgiven M Night for TLA (and never will), and I honestly found Jaden's acting to be among the worst acting that the new Karate Kid movies had to offer (for me, Jackie Chan carried that movie, not Jaden).

Jadak:

Thunderous Cacophony:

P.S. Was anyone else completely unaware that Shyamalan was involved with this movie, despite seeing a dozen commercials?

No you were not, and now I'm annoyed with myself for not noticing as even without knowing that nor having seen reviews, this move was a 'meh, maybe' movie for me and seeing his name makes it a solid no. Yet, being a sci-fi movie and me having nothing to do, plans have already been made to see it tomorrow and it would be rude to cancel, so now I'm kind of suck.

It's not your fault.

The folks funding this movie intentionally kept his name off of the trailers because, at the time of the movie's original announcement, the memories of The Last Airbender were still fresh in people's minds, and they didn't want M Night's name to kill all the hype for it.

Basically, this was Hollywood trying to pull a fast one on the mainstream movie-going audience. Too bad the movie's bee critically panned, or it might have worked.

Captcha: face the music

How appropriate.

Blunderboy:
Well at least you reminded me of one of my favourite MST3K episodes.

I'm surprised Bob didn't take a name from there.

pottyaboutpotter1:
Why am I not surprised? This movie sucks. What did we expect from M. Night Shylaman?

Maybe a twist which made the movie turn out to be good, sadly there was another twist and it came out as shit. Too many twists, go figure.

It does sound like it would make agood video game though :)

Gunjester:
Rex Powercolt = Awesome name.
Cypher Raige = Not awesome?
I personally like the name...has a ring to it.

Context is important.

One is a name of a guy in a game poking fun at bad 80's action movies.
The other is a movie that takes itself seriously released in 2013.

Cypher Raige might have worked if it was like his stage name but his real name was like Bob or something.

Gunjester:
Rex Powercolt = Awesome name.
Cypher Raige = Not awesome?
I personally like the name...has a ring to it.

The reason Rex's name works is because it's so stupid. It's an intentional PARODY of cheesy 80s flicks and videogames. After Earth is trying to do it straight-faced and comes off as the bigger joke.

empirialtank:
im sorry i can't get over the fact that the alien monsters can only find you if you're afraid of them?

that's even dumber than the signs aliens, or even killer pollen. what were the aliens going to do if humanity started using unmanned vehicles to fight them? or androids? or Buddhist monks? or soldiers on Prozac? or soldiers that have had lobotomies? or Space Marines? (they do not feel fear for they are fear incarnate)

Actually i kind of like the androids idea: In a world where monsters hunt us using our own emotions, man kind's last hope if a force of android guardians. But what will happen when one of those androids learns to love?

you could get that girl from twilight to play the android since she'll never have show any emotions anyway. throw in a Data style longing to be human sub plot, some outsider observations on the fallen state of humanity, emo meta commentary on how no one understands her and lots of fighting scenes and bam good movie.

This actually sounds pretty good so far, I really don't like/get sick of all the "military robots are EVIIILLLLL!!!" crap we get in most movies. Why can't we get a movie where the super death machines are actually the heros who have to defeat some great danger, get betrayed by paranoid leaders afraid of their power, and end up saving the day and earning their place anyway after defeating the bad guy?

To be OT: Yeah probably not going to see this, some people are already calling it one of the worst movies ever made.

My powers of deduction are obviously improving because I've managed to infer from the subtle hints that Bob disliked this movie...

Seriously though, I had no idea Shyamalan was involved either. That seems to have been downplayed in all the advertising. I had contemplated going to see this because I like Will Smith but I'm glad Bob has saved me the time and money.

HyenaThePirate:

That said, After Earth is a good movie. It's MUCH better than Bob gives it credit for. This movie to me falls into the same bin as Jack Reacher... I think people will pass on it, downplay it's quality, and ultimately ignore it in lieu of greater box office big budget offerings.

You mean that they were both written to support Scientology? Cause this turd was pure L. Ron Hubbard. And Big Budget offerings? Wasn't this a $200 million movie?

I don't agree with everything Bob says. I certainly don't agree with all ofr his reviews (Sorry Bob but Suckerpunch was vile on every level imaginable), but for certain types of movies I do find that his tastes more or less match up with mine.

Lilith:
My powers of deduction are obviously improving because I've managed to infer from the subtle hints that Bob disliked this movie...

Seriously though, I had no idea Shyamalan was involved either. That seems to have been downplayed in all the advertising. I had contemplated going to see this because I like Will Smith but I'm glad Bob has saved me the time and money.

kajinking:

empirialtank:
im sorry i can't get over the fact that the alien monsters can only find you if you're afraid of them?

that's even dumber than the signs aliens, or even killer pollen. what were the aliens going to do if humanity started using unmanned vehicles to fight them? or androids? or Buddhist monks? or soldiers on Prozac? or soldiers that have had lobotomies? or Space Marines? (they do not feel fear for they are fear incarnate)

Actually i kind of like the androids idea: In a world where monsters hunt us using our own emotions, man kind's last hope if a force of android guardians. But what will happen when one of those androids learns to love?

you could get that girl from twilight to play the android since she'll never have show any emotions anyway. throw in a Data style longing to be human sub plot, some outsider observations on the fallen state of humanity, emo meta commentary on how no one understands her and lots of fighting scenes and bam good movie.

This actually sounds pretty good so far, I really don't like/get sick of all the "military robots are EVIIILLLLL!!!" crap we get in most movies. Why can't we get a movie where the super death machines are actually the heros who have to defeat some great danger, get betrayed by paranoid leaders afraid of their power, and end up saving the day and earning their place anyway after defeating the bad guy?

To be OT: Yeah probably not going to see this, some people are already calling it one of the worst movies ever made.

Did you just describe the plot of Pacific Rim?

haven't laughed that hard in over a week. thanks mate

You can make a good movie about anything. even internet Meme. WIll they? <laughs loudly>

I used to be "That guy" that liked M Night Shyamalan (had to ctrl+v the name) movies. but The Smiths..... no, just no. Will is quite ok when he plays the role that he can play - a comedic action guy. but his son, so far i wish the movies he was in would be the ones burried in ET site instead......

So a Family project, lets be fair this is just a way to get his son to act.. is pretty bad in part due to calling in the help of M. Night

Who did expect that, M Night might not be Uwe Boll but he certainly has his own way of awful to offer. Sadly worrying not always the "So bad its good"

thanks for warning me bob.. I won't expect something hilarious bad.

Aptspire:

cyvaris:
So.....I was....wrong...there's no twist? There's no "this was Earth in the past" ending?

That...that is depressing.

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That's exactly what I expected the twist to be XD
OT: Man, that's sad. I mean, if only there was a good series about future post-apocalyptic Earth where a cool guy that fights aliens crash lands...
http://myanimelist.net/anime/16524/Suisei_no_Gargantia
Oh wait, there already is :D

Well, I'll just drop this here. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0404756/

In this one, your futuristic spaceman is a chiropractor and Bruce Campbell. It is a SciFi original and it is terrible. But, it has Bruce Campbell in it. Oh, and Gabrielle from Xena. It's like a little Xena reunion. Again...terrible. The cover says "The Highest Rated SciFi Pictures Original of All-Time!" Wow. That is not something to brag about. Still...Bruce Campbell.

Will Smith was going to play Django?! Heh Jamie Foxx is more of a wild-west-macho than him (I DO like Smith though), I'm happy HE got the character...
Anyway, I was looking forward to this movie, I really like the movies from Will Smith AND the ones with his son (at least the few ones I saw), but I had no idea it was directed by Shyamalan, I really don't like his movies (other than Unbreakable, no I did NOT enjoy Sixth Sense), AT ALL. But I'm open minded to movies, and I usually enjoy movies that Movie Bob hate (like Transformers hahahaha) and hate stuff he loves (like G.I. Joe), so I'll give it a try anyway.

... I did enjoy The Tree of Life though, so did MovieBob, and no one else I know even got to the end of that movie, a pity...

so what was that with the "Battlefield Earth" reference?

also, this hole Scientology thing, can someone brake that down for me? I'm German so I don't get much info about what's going on over on your side of the lake.

thx anyway Bob. And keep up the good-fight!

I hate it when awesome premises like this (I honestly think that the whole idea behind After Earth, not including the whole Will Smith is this awesome paradigm of awesome) are squandered are mediocre stories and characters. :/

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