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Will And Jaden Smith Crash Land In The Trailer For M. Night Shyamalan's AFTER EARTH!!

The Kidd here...

It's hard to get up for anything with M. Night Shyamalan's name anymore. I'm not exactly one of his big fans to begin with, although I do consider UNBREAKABLE to be among the best superhero films ever made (that's how you go dark) and find there's a lot to like in SIGNS. However, THE SIXTH SENSE has always felt overrated in my book, and then you've got THE VILLAGE, LADY IN THE WATER, the laughably bad THE HAPPENING and the atrocious THE LAST AIRBENDER, and you wonder how anyone is still giving him sizable budgets to make films people get angry about. It's as if the twist ending became the only trick up his sleeve after awhile, and then when he couldn't use it anymore since people knew it was coming, he just lost his way. 

That may seem like a harsh approach to Shyamalan's work, but his track record doesn't lie. Each new film seems to be worse than the last, which makes me wonder whether or not getting Will Smith on-board for his latest, AFTER EARTH, might be enough to turn this ship around. 

Then again, there is the Jaden Smith factor to contend with. THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, THE KARATE KID remake... that's hardly a solid filmography to instill confidence in me as a viewer (okay, I will give some credit to their pairing for THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS, which turned out fine). 

There just seem to be more than a few elements already working against AFTER EARTH before the opening credits ever even roll... but that's why they play the games, right?

And that brings us to the trailer for AFTER EARTH, which found its way online today (via Yahoo!)...

Is there enough here to get you to at least check it out beyond whatever biases you may have for or against the principals involved? Or has Shyamalan fooled you enough already?


-Billy Donnelly

"The Infamous Billy The Kidd"

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  • Dec. 10, 2012, 11:14 a.m. CST

    Moar like AFTER URF, amirite?


    Piss on this fucking turd.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 11:14 a.m. CST

    Obligatory Aww Hell Naw comment

    by Karl Childers

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 11:16 a.m. CST

    Looks boring.

    by DannoOMG

    Oblivion >

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 11:18 a.m. CST

    So what's the twist? It's really before Earth?

    by DidntPullOutInTimeCop

    It all happened before and it will all happen again?

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 11:18 a.m. CST

    I’ve seen AFTER EARTH for about a month now.

    by force_fed

    Sorry. Is it already played out?

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 11:18 a.m. CST

    A lot of 'Meh' sci-fi trailers these days...

    by truedog67

    Even the ones with great trailers seem to be falling short (Prometheus being a great example of that). Hoping these films are going to turn out better than they look...

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 11:19 a.m. CST

    I don't know what you guys were watching..

    by GrabtharsHammerPants

    ..this looks like it may actually be pretty good.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 11:20 a.m. CST

    WALL-E >

    by Bodacious_Crumb

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Fucking reboot the Last Airbender series, please ...

    by Judge Briggs

    Those are some of the best cartoons ever produced. In fact, if you haven't seen them yet, do yourself a favor and queue them up in Netflix. Good luck trying to get through just 1 a day. When they reboot the movie properties, just stick with the cartoon format and it's gold! That fucking easy. Anyway- M. Night must have some scandulous pictures of Will Smith ... no way Smith would do a movie without some really good reason.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Need a real Man of Steel trailer already!

    by Bodacious_Crumb

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Actually thought it look pretty good except...

    by jimmy_009

    ...for all the CG animals. That will probably be what does it in, much like the CG creatures ruined I am Legend.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Did they just give away the Planet of the Apes twist in the trailer?

    by Gary Makin

    That would be like knowing Bruce Willis was a ghost in the trailer for The Sixth Sense.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 11:23 a.m. CST


    by Judge Briggs

    I know, man! Where is it?! They've been working on this film forever now ... we should have a trailer, FFS!

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 11:24 a.m. CST

    I'll take this over BATTLESHIP

    by Collin Armstrong

    Shyamalan once knew how to assemble a good film, so who knows what we're in for? I'll always go in for a big budget sci-fi concept based on an original IP and not some bullshit property.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 11:24 a.m. CST

    What a twist!

    by Judge Briggs

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 11:25 a.m. CST

    So far I will not be buying movie tickets next Summer

    by Karl Childers

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 11:30 a.m. CST

    M. Night's career = AFTERBIRTH


    One stinking sloppy mess after another. This trailer looks like SON OF I AM LEGEND: WHEN NATURE CALLS. And the three minute monologue about quarantine planets and the illusory nature of fear were snoooooozzzzzzzzzze inducing.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 11:31 a.m. CST

    The Karate Kid remake was excellent, actually

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    If it starred a complete unknown rather than Will Smith's kid (and it weren't a remake of an "untouchable" 80's classic), it wouldn't have been nearly as despised as it has unfairly been. Check out the Nostalgia Critic's "Old vs. New" comparison of both films for a fair and balanced rundown of the strengths and flaws of BOTH versions.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 11:33 a.m. CST

    Damn you, judge briggs. You beat me to it. WHAT A TWIST!

    by Buck_Futt

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 11:36 a.m. CST


    by TheMcflyFarm

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 11:36 a.m. CST

    So I just read...

    by RexNebular

    Will Smith's character is called Cypher Raige in this.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 11:38 a.m. CST

    Axe him why we after earf!

    by Judge Briggs

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 11:39 a.m. CST

    After Urf jokes aside....

    by GrabtharsHammerPants does this trailer get such negative feedback, and Cruise's Oblivion trailer is getting such positive feedback? I think they look roughly the same in terms of promise. Don't get me wrong, I'm not a big fan of either Cruise or Smith, but we could use a good sci-fi film after the shit that was Prometheus. Grabthar knows Shyamalan could use a successful release about now.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 11:40 a.m. CST

    After Earth...

    by treatment

    ...but Before Common Error of Shyamalan moving making. you see it

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 11:41 a.m. CST

    World War Zebra

    by LeonardsBellbottoms

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Looks like they released two trailers for this today then...

    by Reynard Muldrake

    When they run into Tom Cruise, AWL HELL is going to break loose. See what I did there?

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Chilling trailer... gave me goosebumps...

    by bubcus

    I think that is a good sign. My interest is piqued. I want to see how Will Smith's character survives the decompression scene there.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 11:49 a.m. CST

    This is Earth. Huh?

    by buggerbugger

    I thought this was 'After Earth'? Should have called it 'Terra and Back Again: An Unforseen Twist by M. Night Shyamalan'. Willy 'Shitty' Smith? No, thanks. Jaden 'Double-Shitty' Smith? Fucking no, thanks.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Why do they have sourthern accents?

    by Paul

  • Dec. 10, 2012, noon CST

    We've given MORE chances to much worse director's.

    by knowthyself

    This looks like the same movie as OBLIVION.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 12:02 p.m. CST

    This could be entertaining if, after Will and Jaden Smith crash land,

    by buggerbugger

    ...their only means of survival is to take turns slicing bits off one another for food. The movie ends with two annoying-fuck torsos trying to shuffle-headbutt each other to death just as a rescue ship arrives. And it's crewed by juicy-looking cow-people who live on the moon.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 12:03 p.m. CST

    Is that even a southern accent?

    by Bass Ackwards

    I couldn't figure it our, seemed southern, or maybe African? I wonder if people will feel burned by this movie, going in hoping to see a Will Smith action sci-fi flick and getting mostly his son instead.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 12:04 p.m. CST

    I wish they would show us the aliens.

    by knowthyself

    Cheap trick to get you into theaters.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 12:07 p.m. CST

    2 fast 2 Baboons

    by higgledyhiggles

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Last Airbender trailer looked amazing

    by Bass Ackwards

    Shylaman trailers do a good job in masking the absolute turds the films actually are.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Billy the Kidd. Can you find a YOUTUBE link?

    by Deceased Fan

    My phone hates whatever links (YAHOO?) that you typically use. I need to waste more time at work dammit!

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Sixth Sense really doesn't hold up to scrutiny

    by Beebop

    It was an effective film the first time through, but when you think about it, it falls apart. Unbreakable's very good, though. Everything else he's made is terrible. Also....Jaden Smith sucks.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 12:16 p.m. CST

    Looks good

    by Hipshot

    Basic survival story. No "twist" in that trailer, that's just the premise: a boy and his father seek to survive on an Earth that has evolved beyond humanity. Could be great fun.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 12:20 p.m. CST

    2012 is the year the world ends.

    by lord Baul

    And since they already made a movie about the world destruction 2 years ago, they are making all the after apocalypse thing. Mad Max, oblivion, elysium and after earth. This trailer would get me excited if it wasn't Shyamalandingdong directing. It looks like avatar meets I am legend. The twist is either they traveled back in time or everything is a simulation a la matrix. Therefore the "fear is not real" bit.

  • Will continue watching trailer now.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 12:26 p.m. CST

    Even his trailers have shitty, predictable plot twists.

    by Kelly Grimes

  • Jaden Smith is pretty annoying but I'll probably give it a chance.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Looks interesting

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    I'll go see it.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 12:30 p.m. CST


    by Inglorious Bastard

    How exactly does The Sixth Sense not hold up to scrutiny?

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 12:30 p.m. CST

    I love M Night and The Village is his best movie.

    by Jayemel

    Will Smith is also one of my favorite actors, so I'll be there to see "After Earth" on opening day.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 12:33 p.m. CST

    Fuck this shit

    by VitaminDeez

    And the horse it rode in on.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 12:34 p.m. CST

    oh my god, it's full of cg!

    by JAMF

    also, unneccessary accent alert. how much you wanna bet they find a white woman and her daughter and end up becoming the first adams and eves. yawn.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 12:35 p.m. CST

    I cant believe he didnt shoot this Philly

    by Logan_1973

    I can think of two or three areas that look after-Earth.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 12:36 p.m. CST

    I loved Signs, but that was a long time ago.

    by Ironhelix

    How the fuck does this guy still get to make movies?

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 12:36 p.m. CST

    How does "Sixth Sense" not hold up?

    by MovieManStill

    I thought that he covered his ass on everything. Of course, it only works effectively one time, due to its nature. I was working for a bitch producer when this came out, and my last words to her, were the night she was going to the film...let's say I spoiled it. However, one of the main film magazines did some spoiler-ing of its own in print, while the film was still out. And it wasn't in the review. They thought they they were being obscurely cute...

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Let me guess, this really takes place in the past.

    by DrPain

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Anyone else notice that...

    by Jared

    ...M Night's name doesn't appear in the trailer? The guy is marketing kryptonite. If this new film bombs I can't see another studio taking a chance on him again.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 12:39 p.m. CST

    Twist will be

    by Bass Ackwards

    They happen upon a family that's been living on earth for generations. *Uninhabitable? Haha, we have lived year for always, you simply must learn to live WITH mother terra, and not act upon her* Or something.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Looks Good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by Bobo_Vision

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Signs was the last decent Shyamalan movie.

    by Wcwlkr

    Though I didn't hate Lady In The Water I thought it was ok. But after The Happening & The Last Air Bender his name does nothing for me. I mean it looks interesting, and I like Will Smith so I'd be willing to give it a gander. But my expectations will be pretty low for this.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 12:48 p.m. CST

    M. Night Shyamalan? No thanks.

    by Tom Fremgen

    After each movie he made got worst than the last one- then he butchered The Last Airbender- and let's not forget the incredibility boring and cliche Devil. Shyamalan your name is mud.

  • I'm going to guess that Will Smith dies way early. Either that or Jaden needs to get some magic medicine for the dying man.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 12:51 p.m. CST

    Taking place in Earths past would be far too obvious...

    by Jay

    Plus Battlestar Galactica (Both old & new) already did, and did it well.

  • But what seemed to be M Night's strength, not the twists, but his work with actors..Willis, Jackson, Osment, Collette, Phoenix, Gibson, etc. all gave some of their best performances in M Night films. And let's not forget the breakout role for Bryce Dallas Howard. But now he looks like your basic director for hire, shuffling scenes of CGI mayhem.

  • I feel like Shyamalan is taking a big dump on his audience… again.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 12:52 p.m. CST

    the kidd loved that christian SIGNS horseshit..

    by Windowlicker74


  • Dec. 10, 2012, 12:53 p.m. CST


    by Jeff

    The effects look good enough, and the landscapes too, but all the ultra-serious dialogue and lack of anything remotely humorous makes me wonder. Oh, and for the record: fear is NOT an illusion. Not remotely. It's half of the organic fight or flight mechanism that allows humans and all living things to survive. Unless it's part of Shyamalan's twist at the end, of course. Then it IS just an illusion. Frank Herbert said it much better, however, and for a much more specific reason: fear is the mindkiller. But then, he was a thousand times more creative than M. Night. Anyway... I guess the effects look good. We'll see.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 12:55 p.m. CST

    loved the last scene were good ol' Mel regained his faith..:D

    by Windowlicker74

    hilarious movie

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Is there a twist?

    by Indy_the_Hu

    Does Will survive the movie? Is Jaden simply a clone of Will? Is anything even real? Is it a test? Do women ever show up on the planet? If not, what's the point? Might as well call it "Planet Gray".

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 1:13 p.m. CST

    lol at everyone trying to guess the twist

    by Jayemel

    OF COURSE if everyone wildly speculates about what the twist is in this movie (if there is one) it's going to be predicted before the release. At Super Bowl parties that dumb girl always predicts the final score right in the picks pool too because everyone just guesses wildly!

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 1:15 p.m. CST

    Dad, can I be in another movie?

    by Wickham Jones

  • Only seen Village once and that was all I needed. Saw most of Last Airbender and it sucked. Watched some of it on mute on Netflix and it was actually better. Will never watch Lady in the Water. I think by the box office humbling him he can probably do another decent film but casting Jaden is like putting out a fire in your house with kerosene. I think this is movie jail for all 3 people involved. Jaden for even trying to get into the film business. Will for forcing the bad taste of his son on us, and for that stupid jellyfish movie. And Shyalhamadingdong for the second half of his career.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 1:16 p.m. CST

    "Fear is not real"

    by Hipshot

    Is a perfectly reasonable thing for a coach to say, or someone trying to coax someone out of a corner, when they feel that their internal representations "are" reality. That if they are scared, the fear means "you cannot" or "you must not." While of course fear is a genuine emotional response, anyone who has ever been helped through a fear-freeze response before a fight, or a speech or performance or other challenge will recognize the perspective. It may not be "true" but it is useful as hell.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 1:20 p.m. CST

    everything evolved to kill humans?'s that?

    by FleshMachine


  • bullet dodged.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 1:21 p.m. CST

    Unbreakable, Signs and Sixth sense were decent

    by lookylookymoontard

    So I'll give this a go,I just hope Night nails this as others have said he may not get many more projects if it bombs. And that would be a shame imo

  • yep

  • yep

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 1:26 p.m. CST


    by hopeless

    Another boring slow Will Smith movie. Looks like a Lord Of The Rings wannabe with all the walking and nature shots. Bet the twist is they landed on earth in the past or Will was dead the whole movie and the kid is crazy. Either way I will pass for something better that will make me think not some boring I Am Legend in the jungle.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Scratch that Billy. Trailer played just fine.

    by Deceased Fan

    Operator error, I suppose. Sorry.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 1:28 p.m. CST

    I'm still waiting for Jaden to develop a personality.

    by Joey Stars

    Nothing against him want to follow in his daddy's footsteps, but he just looks boring in everything's he's done. And the wooden serious demeanour is doing nothing for him. But he's still young and has time to grow, but around the same age Will was starting the Fresh Prince of Belair and that was a great proving ground for him and opportunity to develop his comedic skills and charisma. Maybe Jaden needs to cut his teeth on a sitcom and come into his own creative self, before they start to position him as the next big action dramatic star.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 1:30 p.m. CST

    kindofabigdeal....casting Jaden is like what???

    by CullenisPrime

    Hasnt he been in some pretty big movies, not to mention he knocked Karate Kid out of the park (box office wise)

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 1:31 p.m. CST

    Last Air Bender

    by knowthyself

    Plays out like Shyamalan intentionally chose the worst TAKE in every scene and put it in the movie. Dear God did he even WATCH those performances or the dailies?

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 1:32 p.m. CST

    The problem with taking this kind of attitude...

    by Lobanhaki2

    is that you can exclude a whole lot of movies you might enjoy real fast if you play that game. I won't argue about the quality of recent movies from Shyamalan, but Kidd's attitude seems awful hostile, and a bit patronizing of the reader. If his recent track record is really that off-putting to you, just walk away. A whole bunch of people seem eager to waste their time beating up on one guy. It looks more ugly to me, and I doubt when he looks at it, his first reaction is going to be to make better movies. I think his first reaction when greeted by such hostility is "fuck them."

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Hating on Shayamalan while trying to guess the "Twist"

    by Bruno

    This site is hilarious. You guys need to chill out sometimes. I admit, he lost me with The Village and I have avoided his movies. The trailers to his stuff didn't move me enough to want to see anything he made. But this trailer doesn't look bad at all. Also, why the strong negativity toward Smith's son? Nepotism happens in Hollywood all the damn time. Look at Barrymore, Jolie, Sheen, Estevez, The Baldwins. So why does this kid get shit? I loved the original Karate Kid as a child and ended up seeing the remake on a redeye flight, and he was far more impressive with his skills than Ralph Macchio ever was. So I don't get it.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 1:34 p.m. CST

    CGI animals

    by Baryonyx

    Is it in Will Smith's contract that if real-life animals are featured in one of his movies (lions in I AM LEGEND, monkeys in AFTER EARTH) they have to be represented by obviously fake CGI?

  • yep

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 1:37 p.m. CST

    Sorry, but...

    by mastermold

    Not interested in a two-hour advertisement for the Smith Family entertainment conglomerate. I swear, all Will and Jada is interested in now, is furthering the careers of their kids.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 1:38 p.m. CST


    by Inglorious Bastard

    Will Smith was 22 when Fresh Prince of Bel Air began and Jaden is 14 this year, hardly close to the same age. You make a fairly good point, though.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 1:38 p.m. CST

    Why Jaden and Shyamalan get shit?

    by knowthyself

    Shyamalan got labeled the next spielberg too early in his career. They set him up to fail only to beat up on him after they do so. The hate on Jaden is unwarranted. Haters gonna hate.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 1:38 p.m. CST

    "bubcus" = studio insider?

    by FleshMachine

    "gave me chills"? really. dying to know how smith survived the decompression? right....cuz of course he didnt and you're trying to trow people off the trail. LAME!!!!!

  • yep

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 1:40 p.m. CST

    look slike itll have some bullshit "message" as well//LAME!!!!!

    by FleshMachine


  • Dec. 10, 2012, 1:40 p.m. CST

    What looks good?

    by shatners hairpiece

    to all of the haters on this site...If every movie trailer looks like shit, shy do you keep watching this MOVIE WEBSITE? Go read a fucking book or something. Personally, I think this looks ok, as does Oblivion. Jesus Christ people - stop fucking hating everything everyone else does just because you don't do anything with your worthless lives.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 1:40 p.m. CST

    They are the same person.....Jaden is alone the whole time.

    by CullenisPrime

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 1:41 p.m. CST


    by Inglorious Bastard

    It should be "...all Will and Jada [are] interested in..." not "...all Will and Jada [is] interested in..." Plus, the second comma in that sentence is unnecessary. This has been a message from your friendly neighborhood grammar police asshole.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Sequel to "The Happenning?" (Spoiler?)

    by Lothos_Zero

    If it is taking place after humans have been driven off Earth by the planet, I wonder if it will be a sequel to "The happenning?" I mean in that movie the stupid TREE'S were trying to get rid of us. Sounds like "Evertyhiing on earth evolved to kill humans" to me... Also "The Happenning" was not very good. Even leaving it a mystery as to what was making people kill themselves would have been prefereable to Trees.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 1:47 p.m. CST

    gary whitta

    by dvdmike

    Will save us from a crap movie

  • They talk too much about all the training he's undergone, and how they (really, 'he') will have no one to help them now. At some point, maybe early on in the movie, Smith will be 'killed', which ups the stakes of his son's test. Before he 'dies', he stresses the point to his son about ignoring his fear, because the father knows nothing can really hurt him, and wants him to really perform well for the holodeck test. I checked out of Shamalongadingdong movies after the village. Now I find entertainment in guessing the endings. You're welcome.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 1:55 p.m. CST

    It looks interesting...

    by Chris Moody

    ...even if it looks like I AM LEGEND mated with AVATAR and this is what came out.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 2:01 p.m. CST

    looks dumb as hell.

    by Finn

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 2:03 p.m. CST

    I'm intrigued.

    by Andrew

    This does look a little like Avatar, but damn it if I don't want to see more. Maybe Shyamalan will be able to shed the format of his last few movies, which has gotten stale. He's easy to hate on, but it wasn't so long ago when an M. Night Shyamalan movie was a good thing. Here's to hoping that he might bring back that magic.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 2:04 p.m. CST

    All this trailer confirms to me...

    by keyserSOZE that with that haircut, Jaden Smith looks a shitload like his dad now. Is this basically just Jaden Smith carrying the movie like Hanks in Castaway? Cuz, um, yeah...that probably won't work.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 2:05 p.m. CST

    Two things...

    by Ray Tchoulakian

    1. Re: No mention of Shyamalan in the trailer anywhere You do realize this is an international trailer, right? Isn't it possible that the domestic U.S. trailer will feature some mention of his name? 2. I recall reading somewhere early in Shyamalan's career (around the time he made Signs I think) that he hated CGI and its cartoonish look. Now between The Last Airbender and After Earth, he's going berzerk with it, just as many other directors have gone. Either he sold out or genuinely changed his mind on how CGI has progressed over the last decade.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 2:06 p.m. CST

    shyamalan's track record

    by toxicopoulus

    First of all there is nothing wrong The Village or The Lady in The Water...IF you realize that all shyamalan's movies are really nothing but stylized, bigger-budgeted and extended Twilight Zone episodes. This guy has NEVER been an "event" director and expectations should be moderated thusly. Sadly, early accolades got him believing his own press and therefore he created a mystique that fanboys couldn't wait to tear down.... ...and he obliged big time with utter dreck like The Happening and The Last Airbender (how anyone could fuck that up is beyond me). But at his core, he is a simple filmmaker and if he remembers that, he'll be just fine. He just needs to learn from guys like Spike Lee and simply shut the fuck up and put out quality, even if the wunderkind label no longer fits (as if it ever really did). Putting 2 generations of wise-talking Smith's in this movie doesn't seem like a good start I will say, but I could be wrong if he keeps the tone properly subdued.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Where is Haley Joel Osment?

    by Yarlan Zey

    You know, the former child actor with the tiny face and huge head? What part will M. Night assign himself? The savior of worlds? Wouldn't be surprised. No one will see this and Smith will claim it is racism. They should merge this with Tom Cruise's Oblivion and sell it as the TV movie of the week. BORING.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 2:20 p.m. CST

    I'm guessing the ending..

    by Thall_Joben

    Just like every other movie he's ever made. Will and Will jnr are the MNS version of the origin of the species - we're talking past not future. I bet ya.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Inglorious, I disagree about the second comma.

    by MovieManStill

    The increasing trend is to cut down on comma usage, but I am a "comma king," and choose to use them at almost any natural pause. Somebody told me it reflected a particular writing style, although I forget which one it is.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Everything on this planet has evolved to kill humans

    by TheShrike

    That statement could come true on a bacterial, or viral scale, but we would exterminate larger lifeforms that represent a significant threat to us on a macro level. Our intellect pretty much guarantees we win the evolution race by default.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Jaden and Will are the same

    by Jamel

    Anyone who didn't think the Karate Kid remake was good isn't human. Anyway, someone said they thought Will Smith and Jaden were the same person in this movie. That could be true. Think Castaway, but instead of "Wilson," it's future Jaden. By the way, I liked the Last Airbender. I never saw the cartoon, so I don't have a bias.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 2:25 p.m. CST

    i hate the smiths

    by Robert Hand

    WHY do they have to be shoved down our throats? oh and shylamadingdong movies...ZZZ, sorry i fell asleep just typing that.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 2:27 p.m. CST

    no Titan AE jokes?

    by Stephen

    i guess its too predictable

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 2:30 p.m. CST

    I will always give M. Night a chance

    by Batmanster

    The Village was beautiful and tonally, a great movie. Because of that I will always give him a shot. I didn't not like Lady In the Water or The Happening...and hated Airbender, but The Village and Unbreakable gives him a lifetime pass from me of hoping he has something good left.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Looks good enough for a punt

    by chronicallydepressedlemming

    I'll check it out for sure.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 2:32 p.m. CST

    I first saw this two months ago.

    by Fries Against

    Because I'm better than that one month ago guy.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 2:33 p.m. CST


    by houbou

    Will watch it, on BluRay.. Not in the theater, doesn't seemed to be worth the 15$ ticket.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 2:33 p.m. CST

    sequels to Unbreakable...

    by TheShrike

    Mr. Glass

  • I mean I may sund a bit conspirtorial but is Hollywood tying to tell us something? Remember when sci-fi was fun? There was a time wasn't there, before Hollywood decided that we were all going to die or lead shitty repressed lives in a one world system?

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 2:41 p.m. CST


    by Aragorn742

    "One thousand years after cataclysmic events forced humanity's escape from Earth, Nova Prime has become mankind's new home. Legendary General Cypher Raige returns from an extended tour of duty to his estranged family, ready to be a father to his 13-year-old son, Kitai. When an asteroid storm damages Cypher and Kitai's craft, they crash-land on a now unfamiliar and dangerous Earth. As his father lies dying in the cockpit, Kitai must trek across the hostile terrain to recover their rescue beacon. His whole life, Kitai has wanted nothing more than to be a soldier like his father. Today, he gets his chance." -Written by Columbia Pictures-

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Might be worth a watch

    by thot

    M. Night has produced mostly fair to good material as far as I am concerned. The only out-and-out piece of shit he's made is the laughably bad "The Happening". I enjoyed The Village and Lady in the Water and thought Devil was very entertaining with a refreshingly different, morality tale ending that surprised me. Will Smith normally delivers,....After Earth could be a good time at the movies.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 2:48 p.m. CST

    Oh, now I remember the magazine.

    by MovieManStill

    Premiere...and it was a letter to the editor, not a reporter. "What do you call a person who doesn't know that he's an asshole? Bruce Willis." I immediately figured out the "Sixth Sense" twist, and I hadn't seen the movie. The magazine received a flood of complaints.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Too many people hate on THE VILLAGE...

    by REMcycle

    ...I can see where a lot of people lost it with the story (same way a lot of people lost it with THE RING or CONTACT) but @batmanster's right...THE VILLAGE set a vibe and environment that were simultaneously gorgeous and tremendously creepy. I enjoyed every minute I spent in that little world...even if the big Shamalamadingdong revel in the guard shack at the end made me feel dirty. ...and of course if anyone's hating on UNBREAKABLE, they simply haven't seen it. Still one of the best takes on comic book heroes yet IMHO.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Will Smith sacrifice himself to save his kid

    by Doggus47

    Will Smith likes to die for others alot in movies these days. I am betting now that Will Smith is like Dexter's dad.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Dont be fooled...

    by Ben George

    This is a clever ALF remake.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 2:59 p.m. CST

    It's a good thing that kid know's Kung-Fu

    by Ben George

    that monkey looked SUPER tough!

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 3:01 p.m. CST

    No thanks...

    by Darkness

    After the vacuous bilge presented in the shape of "Lady In The Water," "The Happening," and "The Last Airbender," the thought of Smith & Son traipsing across the wilderness trying to locate a rescue beacon, and interplaying with GGI wildlife, seems about as appetizing as a sequel to "Battlefield Earth". Sorry M.Night - time you reconsidered a new path. How you persuade studios, and entice James Newton Howard back onto musical duties, will remain a twist onto itself.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 3:05 p.m. CST

    Holding off on commenting

    by 1TrueGod

    this might work as a film so long as there's no TWIST. If M. Night can bring his character's into focus (he's done it before) and let go of the surprise ending crap thats failed in his last few, this could be a good story. That being said, it will probably fail miserably. and for the record, I kind of liked The lady in the Water, could've been executed better...

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 3:07 p.m. CST

    I loved THE VILLAGE including the twist

    by Autodidact

    Which I saw coming a mile away. Somehow it still worked for me.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 3:08 p.m. CST

    Gary Whitta

    by Autodidact

    Love that guy!

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 3:10 p.m. CST

    Another one of..

    by Ken Wahl

    .. our ever growing series of Looks-Like-A-Shitty-Computer-Game-movies of late and nothing Shamalama can pull out of his hat will change that.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 3:11 p.m. CST

    The Road remake

    by Helle Thusing

    Now in scifi *yawn*

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 3:13 p.m. CST

    Another Steaming Pile

    by gthmbt

    How this director keeps being employed to make movies is a complete head scratcher.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 3:22 p.m. CST

    trailer looked kind of cool, but yea, Em Nite kinda blows the deal

    by rhizomeman

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Oh, and Signs sucked.

    by Gary Makin

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 3:25 p.m. CST

    It Looks Like A Wanna-Be Version Of "Avatar"...

    by Media Messiah

    ...a boring and dull version BTW, with a kid in it. Looks like a big so what movie!!!!!

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 3:29 p.m. CST

    I like the trailer as it is...buuuuuut...

    by Bill C.

    I'm not going to lie: MNS's track record certainly appears to set this up to be another "twist" movie (not ironclad, obviously, but...) and I'm not sure if I'm okay with that. And I guess that's the thing--the expectations I have for the director in this case FAR outweigh the apparent positives of the movie itself.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 3:34 p.m. CST

    the only one i didn't like was Airbender.

    by Stephen

    I felt like it suffered from trying too much to emulate the show in the wrong places. Never understood the hate for The Happening. I think it's quite good. I do wish M would up his CG game, though.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 3:38 p.m. CST

    At LEAST this looks like Shya gives a fuck this time around

    by aphextwin

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Not one M. Night Shyamalamadingdong joke posted here

    by Kyle DeMattio

    Not one! Come on People, you're better than that

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Biases. Antiquated Twist Jokes.

    by DukieMichaelNamondRandy

    Damn "The Village" for not being the horror movie people thought it would be and being boring. Damn "Lady in the Water" for it's bad acting (minus Giamatti) and rushed, juvenile story. Damn people for not getting the joke behind "The Happening". And Damn Shyamalan for thinking the changes he made to "Last Airbender" as well as casting decisions would make it GOOD. Now. There's still a good director in there somewhere. Now we just have to see if he ever emerges again. He's like the cinematic equivalent to Weezer.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 3:56 p.m. CST

    I actually love M. Night trilogy of shit

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Also known as The Village/Lady in the Water/The Happening. Some of the funniest, campiest, most out there stuff put out in the mainstream Hollywood cinema of the mid to late 2000's. It's a pity he went off that path to just make boring shit like Airbender and more then likely this Smith vanity vehicle, because the trilogy of shit always brings a smile to my eye.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 4:02 p.m. CST

    Why the hate?!

    by Michael

    I think this actually looks like a cool movie. Great opening to the trailer. On top of that, Shamalama has made some very good films. The Village is one of those movies that's gets better with every viewing. Lady in The Water was "interesting" but had some genuinely good moments. I'll give you guys The Happening and Last Airbender, but that's not nearly enough eveidence for me to write this off. I'm pulling for this to be a good one!

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 4:08 p.m. CST

    and agreed on the Superman trailer. Give. It. To. Me.

    by Michael

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall

    by FistOSalmon

    That producing team seems to be the common denominator for M. Night's decent films vs. the utter dogshit that has become the norm. The only outlier is The Last Airbender and I'm guessing they weren't really that involved beyond cashing their checks. The way M. Night has deteriorated steadily tracks with the amount of control he has over the entire process. He knows where to put the camera and get a decent performance out of talented actors. That's it. I can't even tell how good a screenwriter he is but I'm guessing not that great, he's still using the trick endings after almost 15 years. I like Big Willie and have no opinion on his kid but M. Night makes this doa for me.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 4:15 p.m. CST

    dukiemichaelnamondrandy, so The Happening is meant as a joke?

    by Jayemel

    I always suspected so. Why do you say it is?

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 4:18 p.m. CST

    avatar copycat looking

    by t

    just saying

  • you're scrapping the bottom of the barrel. Shaymalandingdong has had an steady downward spiral towards bull. Also: prometheus a 300 millions joke.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Nell Carter of Mars starring Joey Lawrence's 80s bowl-cut

    by Mel Garga

    His bowl-cut does battle with Sam from Dif'rent Strokes' bowl cut and they fight over Jake Lloyd's bowl cut. Coulda been huge..

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 4:29 p.m. CST

    this is really about SUVs

    by peppersmacks

    My guess: Too many SUVs on home planet of Mars destroyed planet. Had to flee in ship. Uh-oh, crashed on wild, lush, dangerous jungle planet called Earth. Way too much life here. Scary. They figure out how to domesticate horses. Ominous final scene shows kid sketching plans for new auto factory in sand.

  • Or was it supposed to be a parody of a thriller and we didn't get it? Or the characters were slow and borderline mentally deficient on purpose, and we didn't get it? Or was the joke is that I paid money to see this in a theater? Yup...thats the joke.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 4:44 p.m. CST

    The Most Dangerous Game

    by dioxholsters_scion

    The hunted becomes the hunter

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 4:54 p.m. CST

    the Twist is...The Movie Ends Up Good.

    by future help

    I hope

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 5:07 p.m. CST

    Largest scope and scale Shyamalan's put out.

    by Christian Sylvain

    Looks pretty good. The Last Bender nearly destroyed all interest i had in Shyamalan, but this does seem interesting.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 5:09 p.m. CST

    That was a good trailer ... Very good. the movie may well suck.


  • Dec. 10, 2012, 5:27 p.m. CST


    by Paratrooper_Activity

    this actually looks pretty fuckin' good. I shall subscribe to the news letter post haste!

  • I knew next to nothing bout Shy, or the anime, & i think Airbender is the best film of that type of fantasy style for long long time. Problem was, audience targeted by marketing rejected the film (not wat it expecting) & other more random fantasy film audience loved it. a review i read at the time summed it up: Got dragged to the film, knew nothing bout it, got really absorbed in it - enough to blog about it & say how great it was, the people who did the draggin didn't like it... Although now i think about it, part of my initial interest was piqued by an Ain't it Cool review, the disdain of the whole thing was of a particular type of mode that i thought; hmmmmmmm.......there might be something about this movie, it could be really good even! & i saw it multiple times in cinema run for starters.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 6:01 p.m. CST

    Little late but cullenisprime, my response is below...

    by kindofabigdeal

    What "big" films do you refer to? Pursuit of Happyness? That peddled to the smug center of Hollywood asking for the racial sympathy vote. Now Smith was amazing in that in my opinion. And I'm referring to Will right now. His performance made a lump in my throat. I don't konw if it was his sad story or that fact that I felt sorry for him being stuck living in a bathroom with that little annoying cunt. Which pretty much tells you what I thought of his performance. He whined and complained. He acted like a little spoiled shit. I would have felt more compassion for a kid who was forced to grow up to fast and only whined when he was starving and not because he was annoying. Maybe your referring to The Day the Erf Stood Still. That was an utter disappointment of Battleship like levels. It took a classic story and made a cheap, uninspired, cash grab of a remake. Once again Jaden plays a little shit who you have no sympathy for. He is living with his step mom who really has no reason to take on this burden. What does he do, act like a turd everytime he's on screen. The part where he takes off running made me want to go and demand a refund. But it had Keanu so I stuck it out to the end. Then I demanded a refund. Oh, you did say Karate Kid was huge success. A term I use loosely. This has been my biggest travesty to date. Erf Stood is a scifi classic, but I didn't grow up with it like the Karate Kid. So this was personal this time. I shouted "unnecessary" when I read about it on here. I shouted "bullshit" when they announced the casting. (apologies to Jackie Chan) And then I shouted "fookin bullshit" when they said he was in China learning Kung Fu. Which, fine, Miyagi says in pt 2 that Karate originated from martial arts in China. But still, it's not like he's learning Karate he's learning fucking KUNG FU. I would have been perfectly fine with this being called KUNG FU Kid in homage to the original. But that cheap knock off scene for scene rip off that this was did not deserve my 9 bucks. I only went cause my friends all convinced me to go and give it a shot. At the end of the day wax on wax off >>>>>jacket on jack off. In all fairness he wasn't annoying this time around. But he is no Machio. That is all.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 6:04 p.m. CST

    The twist will either be...

    by Stegman84

    That Will Smith died in the crash, and his mentor role is either an AI construct, or else the kid not wanting to remember the true horror of the crash. Or the entire thing will be revealed to be some kind of Matrix-like training exercise. Alternatively... Oh my God! What if the twist is that there is no twist? What a twist!

  • Well that's one twist I can see coming. Shades of Nu Battlestar Galactica, eh?

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 6:09 p.m. CST

    If this is really a Father/Son story...

    by Logan_1973

    Then I am ALL IN ! Seriously, is there nothing more powerful than a father/son story? NO. And all you dicks know it.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 6:26 p.m. CST

    I think it looks potentially cool. Fo

    by Charlie

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 6:39 p.m. CST

    swivile bobble fizz fizz

    by DrMorbius

    It's from Harry's revew of ... Jack Reacharounder.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 6:40 p.m. CST

    JadenSmith is the Poochie of the film industry.

    by Sean

    INT: Supermarket We track through the store slowly. In the background we hear muffled screaming. Someone isn’t happy. Other shoppers skip past us briskly, like animals running from a bush fire. The sound gets stronger, more easily defined. A child is upset. We come to rest at the final aisle. We see two familiar faces standing together. A child is lying on the floor. Will and Jada Smith are having a rough day. JADA: (To Will) I can’t deal with this. I got shit to do. You get your son’s black ass off that floor! JADA strolls away in a huff. The child, JADEN is thrashing about violently, kicking his feet and pounding the floor with his fists, channelling and hip hop combination of Veruca Salt and Regan MacNeil . JADEN: I WANT A MOVIE CAREER!!!! NOW! NOW! NOW! NOW! NOW! WILL: (Unprepared, emasculated) Now, now, hold on son. JADEN: Do it or I’ll I hate you forever! Some of the other shoppers are still nearby and watch from a distance, disgusted. WILL has no idea what to do. He’s embarrassed and out gunned. He’s desperate to divert the attention the family is receiving. One particular elderly lady sneers at the boy, in full tantrum mode and looks up to sneer at the father. WILL summons a Hollywood photo perfect grin and points his fingers to the lady with his thumbs up. WILL: Welcome to Earth! He, he. The lady huffs disapprovingly and flees the scene. WILL drops his head in frustration. JADEN picks up a handful of chocolate bars from the confectionary section. JADEN: I’m going to throw them, I swear! WILL: Aww Hell no, you don’t got to do that! JADEN: I’ll do it! Movie career, now! Starring role. Science fiction hero. 30% on the back end and a tie in song as well. WILL: Well I don’t know about the song, that’s my th.. JADEN throws the chocolates at WILL. WILL: What if I get you a Lexus instead? JADEN: (Points to his groin) Do it or I’ll tell people you touched me...there! WILL: (Getting desperate) Ok, ok, ok. I’ll call the WME when we get in the car. JADEN: Fucking Ari Emmanuel NOW! WILL: Calm down now son, you will have your movie career, I promise. JADEN: (wiping tears from his eyes) You promise dad? WILL: I promise son, it’s goin’ to be aight! Tell you what. We’ll do the movies together. JADEN: And I get top billing? WILL: Both names together. Like McQueen and Newman in The Towering Inferno. Now alone together in the supermarket, JADEN sits up and embraces his father. JADEN: I love you dad. WILL: (Defeated and relieved both at once) I love you too son. I so despise nepotism and Smith's is the most garish and blatant. As a lifelong fan of fuse to watch the abominable remake. Intesting observation on bowl cuts too. I always wondered why 90% of male child actors through the years have HIDEOUS bowl cuts, even post 1985 when it should have long gone out of fashion.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 6:45 p.m. CST


    by DrMorbius

    You must live within the proximity of an old Drive-In Theater.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 6:47 p.m. CST

    Big Willie - fuck you, and your shit stain kids.

    by JP

    Wiki wiki wild wild west!

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 7:10 p.m. CST

    looks pretty damn good to me.

    by jonah

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 7:14 p.m. CST


    by wadi77

    It's not Earth, the whole thing is a computer simulation.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 7:14 p.m. CST

    It's got to be great for Will, living the dream though right?

    by sweeneydave

    Making sci-fi movies with his SON? Am I the only one who is envious?

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 7:20 p.m. CST

    sweeneydave : Yeah ... it must be pretty cool, for both of them.


  • Dec. 10, 2012, 7:29 p.m. CST

    Ferocious baboons, eh, but it's sci-fi so I'll watch it.

    by Clio

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 7:38 p.m. CST

    First draft not written by M. Night...

    by HansBubi

    I was just reading on another website that M. Night did not write the first draft of the script. M. Night did get a chance to make revisions, and then I believe the writer of the movie Traffic polished off the script. So, it's possible that the movie does NOT have a twist like most of us are expecting, yet I suppose M. Night may have pursued the script because it DOES have a twist, or maybe he added one. Regardless, I think we should keep in mind that the story wasn't created by him.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 8:02 p.m. CST


    by don

    And played by one of Will's kids!

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 8:07 p.m. CST

    Hollywood sucks....

    by annapaquinspussyjuice

    That is all! :)

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Whatever happened to The Night Chronicles trilogy?

    by eveelcapitalist

    Devil was dumb fun even if it had all the quality of a made-for-cable movie. What happened to the follow-ups? Devil didn't make much, I guess? And I can't help but notice that Shyamalan's name isn't slapped on top of the movie's name. It's not "M. Night Shyamalan's After Earth". It's just simply After Earth. Which is good in a way. Shyamalan's stock was too high after The Sixth Sense and has only gone down ever since. That Oscar nomination went straight to his head and he suffered from a severely overinflated ego. In Lady In The Water, Shyamalan's character is a writer who is told his work will change the world for the better. Man, I rolled my eyes so hard at that. He needs to keep his head down and work on making decent films and there's nothing wrong with doing more standard summer fare. You're not gonna change the world, dude, just make some movies people enjoy and if you knock it out of the park on occasion? All the better.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 8:35 p.m. CST

    The Village was a perfectly good film.

    by Proman1984

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 8:41 p.m. CST

    Welcome to After Earf!

    by Gus Van Rant


  • Dec. 10, 2012, 8:41 p.m. CST

    I liked this better when it was called SOLARIS.

    by ReportAbuse

    And also the TOS ep Shore Leave.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Looks pretty good

    by TheFlyingWasp

    Hopefully Will Smith was able to reign in on Shyamalan and bring out the things that made his earlier works successful, including The Village (yes, The Village, which was great with the exception of the ending).

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 9 p.m. CST

    DrMorbius... because I saw the ending coming a mile away? lol

    by Autodidact

    Is that some old nugget I have never heard before, or did you make it up? Funny.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 9:02 p.m. CST


    by Johnno


  • Dec. 10, 2012, 9:04 p.m. CST


    by Johnno

    I GUESS YOU'VE FINALLY MADE A MONKEY OUT OF MEEEEEEEEEEE!!!! - Rise of the Planet of the Apes - Summer 201X

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 9:14 p.m. CST

    Cute joke, putting a twist at the end of the trailer.

    by ReportAbuse

    Clearly a two-edged joke: One, a nod to (or middle finger at) viewers who know Shyamalan's trademark all too well; two, an indication that the real twist will have to be something else entirely.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 9:32 p.m. CST

    Bad (and racist) casting

    by BrashHulk

    Why does everyone in Hollywood just ASSUME that Jaden Smith is Will Smith's son and can play him in a movie?! There plenty of other actors who could play the part of his son and be much more natural and convincing. My mind goes naturally and immediately to either Nathan Fillion or Bai Ling, but maybe that's just me.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 9:38 p.m. CST

    Please let there be no twist...

    by KGersen

    M Night, please don't go down that route this time! Enough already. As for Will Smith, he has megawatts of charisma, hope it's a good film. As for his kid, he's fine actor for his age, really don't accept where all the hate on here is coming from. Fuck the nepotism argument, you'd take out half of Hollywood since the talkies began with that bullshit. But unfortunately some of the hate on this thread comes from coward keyboard racists, 'ebonics', 'axe em where erf is', 'shyamamadingalong' - hilarious, seriously so so hilarious. Twats.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 10:13 p.m. CST

    jayemel - Why "The Happening" was a joke

    by DukieMichaelNamondRandy

    although it had some moments that seemed like they were trying to be profound (and maybe one that sorta was), there were so many ridiculous moments that I knew M. Night was making a joke of things as well as shocking us with bloody stuff. I felt like Mark Whalberg KNEW he was acting a goof the entire time, especially talking about the cough syrup. And then when they were in the prop house and he was holding the glass of wine like it was real while making a speech (or whatever). Then there was that whole random craziness with the giant doll in that lady's was like something you would see in a 50s/60s horror movie that would make no sense and be weird and freak an audience out....although it seemed like more of a JOKE to me. Also, when I watched it, although this wasn't explicit, it seemed like the cure to whatever this plant disease was involved people being in physical contact with each other. Holding hands. Not being isolated. We never see that one couple die. And it wasn't spelled out for us. So then M. Night tries to make a straight story and kills the joy of "Last Airbender", an AMAAAZING animated show (2nd only to "Invader Zim" in my book) because people didn't get the giant joke that didn't hold their hand and guide them. So yeah.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 10:27 p.m. CST

    I hope both of them turn out good

    by MrLongbaugh

    It would be good to get a decent sci-fi movie.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 10:47 p.m. CST

    Solaris? Space Ghost coast to coast maybe

    by Pipple

    90s ftw bitches

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 11:30 p.m. CST

    M. Night Shyamalan is to movies what The Kidd is to movie reviews

    by SifoDyasJr

    They both have use a gimmick that may have been okay a time or two, but got old and irrelevant very quickly.

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 12:45 a.m. CST

    Oblivion with monkeys (not in a rasist way...)

    by Johan

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 12:51 a.m. CST

    Save your money....

    by diseptikon

    You just saw the best parts of the movie....

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 1:10 a.m. CST

    Good decision not putting his name in the trailer

    by Jared Bond

    I hope he doesn't even put it in the beginning credits like he usually does. I hope it's a good movie, and most people see it without even knowing it's a Shyamalan film. I want this to be successful because, as much as Shyamalan deserves the hate he gets, he no doubt feels terrible about it. He's a sensitive guy. I hope this is him trying to prove that he can just make a decent movie, hopefully without his name attached. It would be really uplifting to see that someone can get over their personal quirks and change for the better. He still has a talent and vision that other filmmakers don't. I hope that this is him thinking about what the general audience wants, like he used to, and him listening to other people's input (forceably or not). I don't really care about the movie, I just care about him personally. It's sad to see a guy fall like that.

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 1:30 a.m. CST

    The twist....

    by F-18


  • Can see it now...already want to puke at the thought of it

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 1:55 a.m. CST

    Looks like shit

    by theblackvegtable

    Hope your reading Shymaojdpaja or whatever the fuck your name is. I hope this movie puts u away for good.

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 1:55 a.m. CST

    dukiemichaelnamondrandy, makes sense.

    by Jayemel

    I too after first viewing it thought it was a spoof on the craziness of the hole environmentalist movement ("OMG the trees are killing us.") couched in an absurd 50's Paranoia B-Movie. I believe Shyamalan even said that. I mean, I still random the random shot of nuclear powerplants for no reason in it.

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 2:09 a.m. CST

    The Shamalamalamaman twist is that white people are the slaves now.

    by Fries Against

  • His films are usually such a vanity project that the first thing you see is his name. Guess he finally wore out that welcome. Hardly surprising; his name's become a marketing liability rather than an asset. But, still interesting.

  • "Damn you to hell!!" Search your feelings. You know it to be true.

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 2:26 a.m. CST

    Nepotism: The Motion Picture

    by MediaGold

    Son, I would do anything for you. I would go into the bowels of an atmosphere processing factory infested with an alien horde armed only with my charm and a sharpened banana to save you. I would risk an eternity of pain and miseryin Hell to fight the tag team of Mephisto and Andrew Breitbart to spare your soul. Yes, I would even star in a M. Night Shyamalan film for you. Well, co-star. More like an extended cameo, really. We can film all my scenes on a Sunday, right?

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 2:32 a.m. CST


    by KGersen

    Seriously dude what is with folks like yourself and some of the others on this board? Yes Will Smith is black and a hugely successful star and is using his power to promote his kids, as have countless other stars over the years. Yes M Night is American of Indian extraction, was feted initially too highly, made three good films and has dropped the ball very badly since. But are you just straight up racist or does it just provoke your ire to see non-whites doing well in Hollywood? I mean seriously, what the fuck? If you're just racist, have the guts to admit it. Instead of the bullshit that passes for 'humour' on this thread.

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 3:56 a.m. CST

    After Air Bender they let this idot make another film?

    by old_man_and_the_sea

    I'm all for giving people a second chance but really this guy, who turns potential movie gold to lead time after time, shouldn't be allowed near a camera again.

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 3:57 a.m. CST

    ... that would be idiot ...

    by old_man_and_the_sea

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 4:06 a.m. CST

    I predict the twist is...that there is NO TWIST!

    by tangcameo

    I think he might have learned his lesson a while back. The movie studios probably threatened him into it, although I'm still amazed they didn't just dump him completely. I liked 6th even though I guessed it before I saw it. Loved Unbreakable but think it didn't really need a twist ending. By the time Signs rolled around it was like watching a good moviemaker whose scriptwriting lessons were learned from Alfred Hitchcock Presents. The Village could have been a 30 minute AHP episode. Although from the trailer and that last line, maybe he's turned his "twists" into "premises" and puts them in the trailers now.

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 5:51 a.m. CST

    Cloud Atlas was awesome

    by mukhtabi

    And this looks just as good! I think Shyamalan learned a lot of lessons. I think there is no twist, this is just a fascinating film. I'm all for this!! And while The Last Airbender was no bueno, I admit that I LIKED IT! Your flames can only nourish me!! :P

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 6:26 a.m. CST

    So, will this turn out to be Earth's past then?

    by yodas_dad

    That would be the lamest twist.

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 7:02 a.m. CST

    Martin Lawrence shows up at the end, that is the twist

    by stvnhthr

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 8:26 a.m. CST

    If you're 10 yrs old, this MIGHT look kewl...

    by FadedLineVigil

    Looks really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really AWFUL. A washed up director's attempt to mimic Avatar with some Rise of the Planet of the Apes thrown in. Basically, no talent Shamalam is hoping for success by just ripping off 2 of the most recent big sci fi hits.

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 8:27 a.m. CST


    by Nintendarth


  • Cloud Atlas FLOP Oblivion Likely FLOP Elysium Likely FLOP The Zero Theorem Likely FLOP Hee.

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 8:29 a.m. CST

    P.S. I really, really do.

    by Nintendarth

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 8:53 a.m. CST

    Karate Kid remake does not exist in this dojo

    by kstewandthecuntsman

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 8:56 a.m. CST

    kindofabigdeal...I agree with every point you made..

    by CullenisPrime

    I just meant putting Jaden in the movie is not a death wish. He is just meh in my opinion. But America doesnt hate him, so I think that M would be the only person to bring this movie down.

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 9:15 a.m. CST

    The twist: it's a sequel to The Happening

    by drewc1138

    Everything on this planet has evolved to kill humans.

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 9:25 a.m. CST

    Come on, guys - BLACKATAR!

    by Nintendarth

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 9:30 a.m. CST

    I whip my Eurf back and furf

    by entrainer

    Run Jaden Paw

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 9:32 a.m. CST

    The Last Eurf Bender!

    by entrainer

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 9:33 a.m. CST

    Just a couple things...

    by JackSlater4

    1. Shamamalong maybe made another good movie finally. 2. Too bad you can literally hear Jaden's puberty voice crack.

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 9:34 a.m. CST

    Shouldn't we have trailers for Elysium and Pacific Rim by now?

    by kstewandthecuntsman

    Or will that be around Super Bowl time? Also, fuck Cloud Atlas

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 9:51 a.m. CST

    I still like Shyamalan

    by darthvedder81

    He's made 3 or 4 really good movies and then a few not-so-good movies. Quite honestly though I'd rather watch a failure from an auteur than a "successful" studio movie. "The Happening" isn't good but it's more interesting to me than "The Avengers". I didn't like "Last Airbender" but it was more boring to me than just outright awful.

  • Who else could have done those films the justice they were done? No one, that's who. We're all so busy looking for instant geniuses that we seem to have lost tolerance for failures along the way. I haven't seen his last few films and don't know what I think about this, but really, has the guy personally harmed anyone here? Shouldn't we be rooting for new films to succeed? This isn't a lame remake, it's not crapping on some beloved property. It's an original sci-fi film. Wouldn't everyone be happier if this worked?

  • The End

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 12:43 p.m. CST

    Hope it's not an After Bearth

    by Fremen

    Contrary to a lot of people here, I like watching Will and his son on screen. - Hopefully MNS brings his old-style self to the party.

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 12:53 p.m. CST

    It's all a CG simulation, what a TWIST!


    Keep runnin.

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 1:25 p.m. CST


    by nar

    the will and jayden hate is pathetic. will has been fantastic and he has been bad. just like every other actor in film history. so many of you hate will smith, and his "uppity" family. jayden wanted to act and his dad is opening doors for him, just like all of those white actors and directors in hollywood. even if will wasn't pushing his son. his son would get a push and doors would open, because he is will smith's son. jayden has done ok work and looks like he is improving. jayden does the same spoiled brat pout christian bale does in all of his movies. if his name was jayden bale you'd applaud him and want him in the new justice league movie.

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 3:05 p.m. CST

    The guy could build tension like nobodys business

    by David Duchovny

    even when he had a dumb script like Signs. Ever since that one though, he's devolved from a guy who obviously memorized everything that made Hitchcock great--into a guy who forgot every single thing that made that director what he was. He never, ever found his own voice as a filmmaker. It's really quite a sad, sad story imho.

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 3:06 p.m. CST


    by Hipshot

    Much (but not all) of what you see here is simply fear of one powerful black man passing that power to his son. Now, if Jaden wasn't hugely likable and talented, it wouldn't work. But countless Hollywood (or Nashville, or Washington, or anything else) families have done exactly the same thing, and to my knowledge, none have triggered the kind of fear and anger that has happened here. Consider it a side effect of "Obama Derangement Syndrome"--black people jumping off the "reservation" where whites can feel comfortable with them. Jaden is coming, bitches, and he'll be doing Mylie Cyrus doggy-style onscreen before you know it. Get used to it.

  • When hes rescued, we find he is alone. /thread

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 3:30 p.m. CST

    Signs is in my top 10 all-time

    by darthvedder81

    It's got real subtext and tension to it that still works even after you've seen it a dozen times. Unbreakable is damn close behind. Even if that's all he ever gave me I'd be happy. Orson Welles only made 1 good movie.

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Smith can be great

    by darthvedder81

    He was really solid in "Pursuit of Happyness" and "I Am Legend." I didn't feel like he was being Fresh Prince in either of those. Hopefully AE falls into that category.

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 4:08 p.m. CST

    Wills entire cadence was stolen from Samuel L Jackson

    by Dr.007

    IN fact the speech sounds like it was written for Sam. in the end lonely jayden humps a baboon and evolution begins. and the baboons make fun of his haircut.

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 4:58 p.m. CST

    Yup, guarantee Jaden's alone.

    by Nintendarth

    Fear is blah blah blah.

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 4:59 p.m. CST

    I've been refusing to see this for about a month now.

    by Nintendarth

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 5:05 p.m. CST

    kidicarus - why do I root for them to fail?

    by Nintendarth

    Because of a lot of reasons. I have an intense hatred of psuedo-religious mumbo-jumbo masquerading as science, so I rooted for CLOUD ATLAS to fail. And, thankfully, it did. I like to pretend this means the American public have no tolerance or patience for the -we're all connected- chaos theory nonsense that sprouted up and made magical happy-money for many con artists for a few years. You remember when Virtual Reality (R) (TM) was going to change the world? And every single thing on the planet tried to shoehorn in virtual reality, right down to JURASSIC PARK with the glasses and hand-waving interface? And movies like JOHNNY MNEUMNONIC and pitiful tv shows like VR5 tried to cash in on the VR -non-craze- -non-event- and ST:TNG had its like-life HoloDeck (R) (TM)? Yeah, well, I hated that, because I knew that VIRTUAL REALITY was a meaningless phrase that would never - ever - achieve the levels of sophistication required to fool all five human senses. It's ABSURD to think it would. We haven't even perfected a way to create artificial SMELLS yet that can't be discerned from the real thing, let alone sights and sounds. But that didn't stop a lot of people from cashing in on the phenomenon and from movies featuring ENDLESS shots of people typing on keyboards screaming about firewalls and waving their hands around while staring blankly straight ahead and wearing funky Blu-Blockers. And I hated every minute of it because I hated seeing people so thoroughly conned, and seeing movies project a future that was so utterly nonsensical and downright STUPID that it ignored the real issues of the day that made science fiction movies and books of the past so great. Remember whne books about sci-fi were about things like overpopulation? Global disaster? Hunger? War? Social issues? I sure do, and by simply creating and spending nearly 3 hours developing a nonsensical religion, CLIUD ATLAS ignored everything that's REAL about the REAL WORLD and REAL PEOPLE. Stories MUST be about real people, no matter the genre. It's something SCI-FI forgets because sci-fi today is ABOUT the sci-fi. It's ABOUT the ships. ABOUT the battle armor. ABOUT the armies. It's never ABOUT people. That's why I stand tall when every single one of those movies not about anything crash and burn, and will continue to do so in the vain hope Hollywood would crash and burn with them and be replaced by an entity interested in telling human stories. But, please, do enjoy reading THE ART OF BORDERLANDS 2 instead of donating to homeless shelters this Christmas. Happy holidays, motherfuckas.

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 5:17 p.m. CST

    I like Will Smith, I do not like kid smith or M Night

    by D o o d

    so the score is 2-1. I won't be seeing this until it's on rerun on the Hallmark channel of cheese.

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 6:30 p.m. CST

    It actually looks decent...

    by DougMcKenzie

    For M. Knight that is. The Happening was fucking incompetent. Avatar looked like video game cut scenes. This however actually has some decent cinematography. Who the fuck knows whether the story or Jaden Smith's performance holds up. I think Will Smith is not in this flick as much as the trailer conveys.

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 6:30 p.m. CST

    Spoiler* The Big twist at the end is

    by Mace Tofu

    The Aliens dump all the survivors into Volcanos. Fear is just something your mind makes up, truth is your mind is full of dead space people killed in After Earths volcanos

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 6:30 p.m. CST

    Would you clap or cry if a fan killed Shyamalan?

    by Nabster

    I think most people would be glad.

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 6:48 p.m. CST

    "The Sixth Sense felt overrated..."

    by D.Vader

    Well that's why everyone thinks you're full of poppycock, Mr. Kidd.

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 8:19 p.m. CST


    by KGersen

    So basically you hate (a term you use a lot it seems) anything that doesn't tackle 'real' people and 'real' issues? You think many films actually depict anything approaching reality? Even the vast majority of documentaries use artifice and story-telling and reality, whatever your definition of it, gets left behind. And any of us who don't agree with your rampant hatefest don't care about the homeless (or which 'real' people you care to stick in)? What a twat you are. I know I know, don't feed the troll, but hey once in a while

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 8:31 p.m. CST

    The Sixth Sense is a Masterpiece

    by BigTuna

    Yes, I did write that. I watch that film now and I still get chills. The atmosphere M.Night created with that film was fantastic. And the acting is off-the-charts. Check out the scene near the end in the car between Collette/Osment. It's unbelievable. The film is hardly just about "The Twist" like many claim. It's a terrific horror/thriller. Great fucking movie. And the unfair backlash it got hardly makes it "Overrated".

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 8:59 p.m. CST

    GodDAMN Yahoo has a shitty fucking player

    by D.Vader

    It never loads properly.

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 9:01 p.m. CST

    Not advertising Shyamalan's name... smart

    by D.Vader

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 9:14 p.m. CST

    Hipshot... Jayden fear

    by HoraceSkinner

    The thing most of us fear about jayden is that he might star in something we want to see. Also we.forgave Big Willie for the WWW. We.never forgave Kleine. Draw your own conclusion. Oh and the jaden / cyrus sex tape ? Everyone will check it out ... As long as they are both legal. (still laughing @ your use of miley cyrus. So 2005}

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 9:17 p.m. CST

    Fuck tha Karate kid remake

    by HoraceSkinner

    Fuck everyone involved in it. You too jackie.chan. I don't hate Will for Wildwildwest. Bill Willie got to feed his family.

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 9:21 p.m. CST

    Unbreakable is damn near genius

    by bah

    I agree with Kidd, one of the best superhero movies there has been. I'll watch it over Dark Knight (yes, the Joker one) any day. Signs had a silly ending but it was 90% smart scares. I even liked The Village, and I knew the twist (maybe that helped). The first appearance of the monster is fantastic, and the stabbing is so well done. Truthfully, though, even The Sixth Sense is severely flawed. Why doesn't Bruce Willis realize he has no memory of the year between getting shot and meeting Cole? How does he think he ended up in their living room, sitting across from the mother? Hasn't he been trying to talk to her?

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 10:30 p.m. CST

    Fear IS real.

    by jackofhearts29

    It's that feeling you get in your stomach when she misses her period.

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 10:33 p.m. CST


    by jackofhearts29

    You sound cranky. Have a nice cup of homeopathic herbal tea and relax.

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 10:42 p.m. CST

    Now, THIS is a story ALL about HOW...

    by AdmiralXizor

    Never mind.

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 11:03 p.m. CST

    Based on Harry Harrisson's DEATHWORLD??

    by xoandre That's what I thought until the last few words Will says...

  • A good movie tells us about ourselves, even if it's an animated cartoon with unrealistic physics. It's about whether a story has a beating heart or is just a cold, lifeless commercial.

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 12:40 a.m. CST

    Looks good to me, baby!

    by 2soon2eat

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 12:46 a.m. CST


    by Perry Hester

    Recent, grounded syfy that is good? Looper, District 9, Children of Men, Never Let Me Go, Sunshine...I'll even throw in Contact (1997) just because it evokes a somewhat thoughtful response from nearly everyone. It's out there. Not every syfy flick needs to be Assassination of Jesse James...but a few filmmakers do have a firm idea of what it takes to combine art and entertainment into something durable and more than just a visual touchstone.

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 1:39 a.m. CST

    This trailer whipped my hair back and forth

    by Craw T. Dad

    my hair back and forth

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 8:50 a.m. CST

    This is going to tank. Looks like 10,000 B.C. in the Future.

    by SergeantStedenko

    Bye, bye, Shamalanadingdong!

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 12:12 p.m. CST


    by TruantOranje

    ...would anyone root for the humans in this film? They're intruding in a place they're not supposed to be. Okay, granted, they aren't there by choice. But you can't blame the creatures for trying to devour them. Sheesh. Another illogical Shyamalan film. Terrible.

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 2:34 p.m. CST

    Soylent Green is P E O P L E ! ! !

    by Skankardly

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 5:57 p.m. CST

    i love everything m night does

    by tattoodrake

    really do. i don't get all the hate. i like his style and his movies in general. a few top my list of my all time faves.

  • Dec. 17, 2012, 6:13 a.m. CST

    The twist in this flick...

    by Michael Morning going to be that Will Smith died during the atmospheric entry. You see him blown out at the start of the teaser, then suddenly he's alive and well (though maybe injured) throughout the rest of the teaser. I think he's a hologram the whole time.