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After a string of critical flops, M. Night Shyamalan has burned much of the good will and esteem moviegoers once held for him. Inexplicably, Will Smith and his production company Overbrook Entertainment handpicked the floundering filmmaker to helm his latest vehicle for himself and progeny Jaden Smith. Penned by Stephen Gaghan (Syriana) and Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli), the film titled After Earth is a sci-fi action-adventure that centers on a father and son team that crash lands on an Earth that's long-gone feral in the absence of mankind's presence.
What led to mankind leaving Earth? That's the topic tackled in a new video release by Sony that charts the events leading up to humanity's global evacuation through Facebook's timeline. If you're groaning, that's a totally understandable response. Check out the vid below, courtesy of Bleeding Cool:
A heavy dose of Smith family-style charisma is about the only thing that might save Shyamalan's fast-sinking reputation. Yet if Sony thinks this boring vid is enticing, I worry for what lies ahead for After Earth. But, essentially the world in film exists in an alternate reality where a spaceship that crashed in 1908 gave us technological advances that led to violence and ultimately the annihilation of much of the planet's population. However, the Raige family, who has been connected to this alien technology since the start, headed efforts to get survivors off of Earth. "The Raiges would become the most influential family in human history," intones the narrator as the clip comes to a close, "This is their story."
The movie's plot picks up one thousand years after mankind's left Earth behind. Will Smith plays General Cypher Raige, a hero who is returning from a tour of duty, and hopes to reconnect with his 13-year-old son, Kitai (Jaden Smith). This is when Cypher and Kitai crash onto the abandoned planet. With his father badly wounded, it's up to young Kitai to venture out into the wild terrain of Earth to recover the distress beacon that was lost in their rough landing.
After Earth is slated to hit theaters June 7th, 2013. To learn more about it, check out Kelly's coverage of its Comic Con panel.