Epic science fiction adventures set on ruined, post-humanity Earth are clearly like buses – you wait for one and then two come along at once.
Sunday saw the full trailer for the Tom Cruise apocalyptic drama “Oblivion” swoop online and today sees the first trailer for Will Smith‘s next starring effort, “After Earth”, take a flying leap into the spotlight.
And a cautiously impressive science-fiction adventure it looks like, too. Directed by M.Night Shyamalan from a script by Gary Whitta (he of “The Book of Eli” fame), this story pitches Will Smith and his son Jaden into a desperate adventure on a far-future Earth long devoid of human interference and now stuffed to the gills with hostile creatures and deadly natural phenomena.
I’m getting a bit of an “Avatar”/ecological sci-fi vibe from the assorted, super-evolved creatures in the trailer and a curious, perhaps not intentional “Lost in Space” movie hint from the costumes that Smith senior and junior are sporting throughout the scenes we see in this two-minute and 28 second first look at the film, which opens in June 2013.
It could be a great adventure film – and who doesn’t hope that Shyamalan will buck his recent run of mediocre cinematic form and once more deliver a film which is akin to his “The Sixth Sense” rather than his genuinely quite dreadful “The Last Airbender”?
- First Trailer for M. Night Shyamalan’s AFTER EARTH Starring Will Smith and Jaden Smith (collider.com)
- Trailer for Shyamalan’s Sci-Fi Film AFTER EARTH with Will Smith (geektyrant.com)
- ‘After Earth’ Trailer: Jaden Smith is Forced to Survive on His Own (slashfilm.com)
- TRAILER: Oblivion (geeksyndicate.co.uk)