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After Earth (trailer)


This is from M. Night Shyamalan, so all through the trailer I can’t help myself hearing a faux solemn Charlton Heston-esque voice in my head saying, “And the planet was known as Earth.” Sure enough…

But there’s gotta be another twist, since it’s Shyamalan, so I’m gonna guess that this is actually Earth 50,000 years ago. Or else Will Smith and Son are characters in the same game that Tom Cruise in Oblivion is stuck in.

(Ah: I think I may have guessed what the real twist actually is, in the same way that I guessed what the twist of The Sixth Sense was from the trailer… and that was even before we knew to suspect a twist from this filmmaker.)

We can rest assured, however, that Shyamalan is fucking with us again. How? Will Smith’s character is named “Cypher Raige.” I shit you not: Smith plays “Legendary General Cypher Raige.” That sounds like something the guys on MST3K would make up: Dirk Squarejaw! Lunk Blockhead! Maybe Shyamalan misses Joel and the bots too…


US/Canada release date: Jun 7 2013 | UK release date: Jun 7 2013
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