Will Smith’s ‘after Earth’: Answers To Six Burning Questions

Jaden Smith gets backlash for anti-school rant; Will and Jada also under fire

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If Newborn Babies Could Speak They Would Be The Most Intelligent Beings On Planet Earth. If Everybody In The World Dropped Out Of School We Would Have A Much More Intelligent Society . . . Everybody Get Off Your Phones And Go Do What You Actually Wanna Do.” Jada Pinkett Smith responded to the criticism by posting this statement on her Facebook page: “We continually forget that life is about discovering ourselves and our purpose. We spend so much time criticising one another for the decisions or inevitable pitfalls along the way that we forget that making mistakes, falling, failing and getting up again is exactly what life is about. Instead we try to use criticism as a way to pretend that we dont fall, we dont make mistakes or struggle, we pretend we have it ALL together, when we dont. None of us have it all together. “At some point I hope we all get to whats real and surrender to the fact that we are all in the same boat, discovering and trying to figure out this thing called life so we might as well support each other along the way. Just remember, youre good, no matter what anyone else says. You are right where you need to be today. Keep living. The answers will come and be patient with yourself and others while we alldiscover.” Jaden owes his entire movie career to his parents, especially his father.

Does it really feel like the story is about Scientology? Some Internet banter has noted the similarities between the movies plot, dialogue and imagery with the teachings of L. Ron Hubbards Scientology. At one point in the movie, Will Smiths character says, Fear is not real. It is a product of thoughts you create. Human characters in After Earth are detected by alien creatures by the fear they exhibit, and can survive only by relaxing. Some of that plot mirrors Hubbards teachings, which focus on overcoming fear. In his book Dianetics: The Original Thesis, Hubbard writes, A Clear is relaxed in a fully conscious state, untroubled by aberrated fears. An iconic image in Dianetics is an erupting volcano, which also plays a prominent part in the conclusion of After Earth. Said Rolling Stone critic Peter Travers : ‘After Earth’ merits comparison with 2000’s Battlefield Earth, John Travolta’s godawful film tribute to the sci-fi novel by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. PHOTOS: Billion-dollar movie club How much is Will Smith in the movie? The movies trailer suggests that Will Smith and his 14-year-old son, Jaden, share equal screen time. Thats not actually the case . The films action is precipitated by the crash of a spaceship on Earth, a millennium after the planet became uninhabitable. Cypher Raige (Will Smith) and Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) are the only survivors of the accident, but Cypher has two broken legs. So Kitai must travel 100 kilometers to recover a homing device that will ensure their rescue. The elder Smiths character is in constant contact with his son, but the movie is very much about Kitais journey; Cypher doesnt even leave the spaceship while they are on Earth.

Will Smith and ‘After Earth’: Minor speedbump or major misstep?

No one is immune to an inevitable hiccup, and last weekend, it was Will Smiths turn. After Earth, Smiths futuristic science-fiction adventure, was pronounced a flop after earning $27.5 million in its opening weekend, trailing Fast & Furious 6 and movie about magic starring Jesse Eisenberg. What must cause consternation for Smith is that After Earth was designed as the precise type of entertainment that had made him the undisputed king of summer blockbusters, beginning with Independence Day in 1996 and built upon the successes of Men in Black, I, Robot, and Hancock.Smith himself is an obsessive student of industry patterns and figuring out what succeeds and what doesnt in Hollywood.After Earth wasnt some high-minded departure (like his 2008 wannabe Oscar-bait, Seven Pounds). This was sold as Will I Make This Look Good Smith battling special-effects aliens. Yet the critics were merciless and, of greater concern, audiences yawned. After Earth certainly has its defects; EW film critic Owen Gleiberman likened the plot to a plate of sci-fi leftovers. The real star of the film is Jaden Smith, Wills 14-year-old son who plays a military cadet tasked with finding the rescue beacon that will save his injured father after their spacecraft crash lands on a toxic planet Earth that was abandoned by humanity and now is home to all sorts of predatory creatures. Smith the elder is a heroic warrior-general, but hes stoic and severe rather than charismatic. Once hes injured with broken legs, hes left helpless at the ships controls while his son battles danger. Audiences expecting to see Will Smith kick some alien ass had to settle for him literally guiding his son through the motions an unfortunate metaphor for the Smiths professional relationship that critics have been only too happy to poke . But this was still a $130 million bet on Will Smith, who came up with the idea for the potential franchise-starter, recruited a director with a number of recent misfires in M. Night Shyamalan, and anointed his son as the films leading man. What remains to be seen is whether After Earth is a mere speed bump like Smiths own Wild Wild West or is it something with a lasting stench, like John Travoltas Scientology vanity project, Battlefield Earth . That After Earth arrives soon after Smith acknowledged turning down the title role in Quentin Tarantinos Django Unchained doesnt make a strong case for Smiths choices of late, but his reliance on patterns of past performance to guide his career might be slightly overstated by the media. His resume demonstrates he has an appreciation for four-quadrant data, but they arent his only criteria.

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