Dec 10 2012 1:05pm

First Trailer for After Earth

From director M. Night Shyamalan and starring Will Smith and son Jaden Smith, the first trailer post-everything space epic—After Earth—is here. Because it's Shyamalan, we're already wondering what the “big twist” is going to be. Maybe Jaden and Will have both had their memories erased by the Men in Black?

1. Draken
Very skeptical when I first heard about this, but that looked good. Cautiously optimistic for the actual movie.
Scott Silver
2. hihosilver28
Feeling the same way. But to temper my cautious optimism, I remember that the first trailer for The Last Airbender was awesome and got me to watch the show. Aaaand we all know how that one turned out.
Ruth Vincent
3. LadyAtarah
I haven't LIKED all of Shyamalan's movies, but I have found them all fascinating. If nothing else, it will be very pretty. I'm a sucker for a pretty movie.
Also, Jaden is getting so grown up! *sniffle*
Irene Gallo
4. Irene
@2: It’s true, Shyamalan seems to have a gift for trailers. (Or his movies do, anyway.) But whenever I see one I always feel suckered in.
5. Dax
Is it me or does this look like some epic SF version of the Happening? Knowing M. Night "What a Twist" Shyamalan, all animals have evolved to kill us because we treated the planet so badly or some new age poppycock like that*.

Not excited... just like I'm not excited about Oblivion, Star Wars VII, Star Trek Into Darkness, etc. Last two good SF films to be released were District 9 and Moon, before that... I have no idea: a decade of SF wastelands?

*) not that we're not treating the planet badly, because, we obviously are.
David Thomson
6. ZetaStriker
Surprised no one else is wondering why it sounds like someone else redubbed Will Smith's lines. I can't even picture that as his voice if he was trying a heavy accent of some sort.
Scott Silver
7. hihosilver28
@5. Dax
That is why I am so freaking excited to see a trailer for Elysium. Neill Blomkamp blew me away with District 9 and the concept for Elysium sounds very intriguing indeed.
8. philolexian
Ugh, ugh, ugh. M. Night, I have enjoyed some of your movies, but there is no reason whatsoever to expect more from this based on your trajectory. And because the director is who he is, the spoiler is not only probable, but will probably be a little groan-inducing.

SPOILER GUESS ON TWIST (highlight to view): It's not the distant future, it's the distant past! And so very much old science fiction has been there, done that.
9. philolexian
And why do they let you set colors on text, if it's going to be stripped out when you post. Bad, WYSIWYG text editing box, Bad!
Bridget McGovern
10. BMcGovern
@philolexian: Sorry about that--the WYSIWYG sometimes lies. It should be fixed, now :)
11. Draken
Point taken. Shyamalan does seem to be more miss than hit. The Happening, for example, was one of the worst movies I have ever seen. (Not even going to go into the whole "B-movie" arguments.)
And having sat here for five minutes, I find it hard pressed to think of any worse.
So, no, imo this doesn't look like The Happening. At all.
13. Megaduck
philolexian @8

Yup, that was my first thought as well.
14. studio17b
Looks like something boring that is trying to be grandiose. I think it's another ancient astronaut tale, too.
15. TheMadLibrarian
The first time I saw Jaden Smith was in the remake of Karate Kid, and I was surprised by how many of his mannerisms were his father's in miniature. I also thought he wasn't intending to return to acting. I'm curious as to how he's grown as an actor.
16. Moebius Street
It looks like Sony Pictures is too stupid to appreciate somebody trying to drum up interest in their movie, and have pulled the video down. (One of the reasons that Sony products aren't allowed in my house)

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