A crash landing leaves Kitai Raige and his father Cypher stranded on Earth, a millennium after events forced humanity's escape. With Cypher injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help.
One thousand years after cataclysmic events forced humanity's escape from Earth, Nova Prime has become mankind's new home. Legendary General Cypher Raige returns from an extended tour of duty to his estranged family, ready to be a father to his 13-year-old son, Kitai. When an asteroid storm damages Cypher and Kitai's craft, they crash-land on a now unfamiliar and dangerous Earth. As his father lies dying in the cockpit, Kitai must trek across the hostile terrain to recover their rescue beacon. His whole life, Kitai has wanted nothing more than to be a soldier like his father. Today, he gets his chance.Written by
There are two animals that can be linked as a proxy of animals that really co-existed with humans and were quite dangerous. The predatory big cats are often referred to as "sabre-toothed" cats, which could be true if one was using Machairodus or Homotherium as a reference. The giant condor could be based on Argentavis, a giant condor of the South American Miocene Epoch that is considered the largest flying bird to ever have existed. The Haast Eagle seems to also be a source of inspiration, which was the largest bird of prey ever to take flight and existed in New Zealand from the end of the Pleistocene to the middle of the Holocene in approximately 1400 A.D., when their main food source, the giant Moa went extinct through human activity. What this has to do with the condor of this film, is that the Maori Settlers told stories of the bird carrying away children, men, and women, and was known to these people as the Pouakai. See more »
When Kitai is followed by the baboon, his dad warns him about a creature approaching him. With his advanced technology he should have been able to see the whole group and warn his son about the even greater danger. See more »
I've heard stories of Earth. A paradise. Until we destroyed it.
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I had no idea that M. Night Shyamalan had directed this film until I saw his name pop up on the closing credits. That's because the film has a simple, cookie cutter feel to it, with a look familiar from at least a dozen other recent Hollywood movie and nothing in the way of originality in terms of voice or angle to make it stand out.
It's not that this is completely awful, it's just that it's so, well, undemanding. Will Smith and his real-life son Jaden play a father and son (surprise) who crash land on a post-apocalyptic Earth. Will is injured, so he sends his kid out to activate a homing beacon and thus enable their rescue. Along the way, the boy becomes a man.
It all sounds very sentimental and rather sickening and it is. Jaden Smith is no actor and never has been, but he has made a career of hanging on to his father's coat-tails and that's the case here. Will Smith is a little better, but he seems to be coasting along too. The constant CGI is very boring, and when you discover that the antagonists are rubbishy CGI beasties along the lines of 10,000 BC, well that's the time that you stop caring.
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