Mediocrity is real, not watching this film is a choice. I was able to catch a screening of this film last night thanks to Zayzay.com. Luckily I had won VIP tickets through them as I know a lot of people that could not get in to see the film, due to Sony Pictures booking small theaters and having a lot of reserved seats.
So just why is it that I call the film mediocre? First off the plot itself is as plain as it gets with no interesting twists and characters you just can't feel sorry for if they died. The Earth was turned hostile by Aliens, but don't expect to see them and learn what happened to them. I guess like Will Smith's character Cypher, they must be ghosting (to become invisible). This film is set in the future, but it looks no better in terms of technology or effects than that of a 1980s Star Trek film. Will Smith and Jaden Smith are both disappointing in their roles. Much more so Will. For a better Will Smith sci fi movie go watch Men in Black or Independence Day. The only enjoyable parts of the film is the finale between a monster and Jaden Smith's character Kitai.
In case you're still interested in the film, the plot is that Earth was made unihabitable, and humans have relocated to another star system. Cypher takes his son, who is training to be like his dad on one of his missions. Their shuttle is wrecked by a asteroids and crashes on Earth which is now a quarantined planet. Cypher is badly injured in the crash so its up to Kitai to retrieve an emergency beacon, several days journey away.
Overall, I had low expectations for the film from watching the trailer and I was right. Case in point, in the beginning after the crash, why is Kitai taking a leisurely stroll when he knows their situation is dire and the planet hostile? If the film had any other actor without Will's star power it would've been a direct to video release. The only enjoyable thing about the screening was catching it with an old friend. My friend enjoyed it. But for a better sci fi movie out in theaters, go watch Star Trek Into Darkness.
The film is rated PG-13 and is out May 31st. The run time is 1 hour and 40 minutes.
Rating: 2.0 Stars out of 5.0 Stars
- Jaden Smith as Kitai Raige
- Will Smith as Cypher Raige
- Isabelle Fuhrman as Rayna
- Sophie Okonedo as Faia Raige
- Zoë Isabella Kravitz as Senshi Raige
- David Denman as McQuarrie
- Kristofer Hivju as Security chief
- Gabriel Caste as Ranger
- Lincoln Lewis as Bo
- Chris Geere as Navigator