We still don’t have flying cars or jetpacks, and we don’t all wear chrome-colored jumpsuits, but it’s hard to argue that we’re not living in an advanced technological age that many previous generations could only image and dream of for the future. Not only are personal computers in just about every household, a solid fraction of those people also carry around mini-computers like phones and tablets when they are on to go. Last year we successfully sent a robotic space probe to explore the surface of Mars. We have 3D printers that can create just about anything you can think of.
As technologically sophisticated as our world is, however, we come nowhere near the level featured in M. Night Shyamalan’s After Earth, which features mankind taking to the stars in spaceships and terraforming a new planet to live on after the death of our own. So where on Earth can you go to capture the spirit of movie that dreams of such an advanced future? How about a real-life spaceport?
A couple weeks ago I flew out to Las Cruses, New Mexico and after a short helicopter ride into the middle of the desert landed at the Virgin Galactic Spaceport, a place where you can play to be flown into outer space. But while I didn’t get the chance to take a trip into the stratosphere, I did sit down with stars Will and Jaden Smith to talk about their new movie. Watch the interviews below, in which Will discusses changing up his sci-fi persona for After Earth and Jaden talks about the pressures of making a movie where he is alone for 90% of the story.
After Eartharrives in theaters this Friday, May 31st.