It's no secret Will Smith's latest film "After Earth"isn't a big box-office draw.
The film came up short opening weekend, earning $27 million behind "Fast & Furious 6" and "Now You See Me."
The movie was trashed by critics, receiving a 12% on critic site Rotten Tomatoes. It's the latest upset from "Sixth Sense" director M. Night Shyamalan who has seen a recent downward trend in the popularity of his titles.
We saw the film the other night and weren't impressed. The futuristic CGI Earth had more life than actors and storyline combined.
What didn't go over well with the latest futuristic film to hit theaters?
You can't help but think the entire film is a metaphor for Jaden Smith trying to emerge from the shadow of his legendary dad, Will.
Here's the premise for the entire film. Sound familiar?
Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) is overshadowed by the success of his father Cypher (Will Smith). After crash-landing on a futuristic planet Earth, and his father is left injured, Kitai has to set out on a journey across the foreign land to save them both and prove himself to his father.
Will Smith's talent is wasted.
Smith is unrecognizable as a monotone, unfeeling drone.
When his plane crashes he doesn't react with panic — or really in any way at all. It seems like a normal occurrence to him. Soon after, when both of his legs are broken, he shrugs it off like someone brought him a Pepsi instead of a Coke.
The actor looks sad the entire film — and in every promotional photo for the movie. It's as if the vitality of his character is sucked straight out of him as he plays a callous, fearless soldier.
Of course, this is probably intended make sure the attention is focused not on him but his son.
Jaden Smith cannot carry a film on his own.
The young Smith isn't a terrible actor. There's a great part in the film where he lashes out at his father that feels very realistic.
However, the task of carrying the entire film as star dad Will sits through the movie injured, navigating his son through a jungle on futuristic Earth is a bit much.
"The relatively inexperienced Jaden Smith is asked to carry a movie in which he spends almost all of it by himself, talking to a co-star who isn't there and reacting to special effects that will be added later, which is a task akin to casting a drama club freshman in a performance of Beckett's 'Happy Days.'"
See the rest of the story at Business Insider