A crash landing leaves Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his legendary father Cypher (Will Smith) stranded on Earth, 1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s escape. With Cypher injured, Kitai must embark on a treacherous journey to signal for help. They must learn to work together and trust each other, if they want any chance of returning home.
Wow! I had heard such bad things about this movie after it had been released for general audience viewing back in 2013 that I had an additional reason not to see this movie, aside from an actor whom I do not appreciate, Mr. Jaden Smith. I was not impressed by his appearance in The Day The Earth Stood Still. However – to his credit – he did play a spoiled brat – in my opinion – in both movies, a character with whom I identify with rigorous honesty, and that may be the single reason I do not like the person, though he appears to be a spoiled child in real life also…believe me, I can tell…I am one.
Anyway, therapy over, I liked this movie. It held my attention, despite a weak plot, or was it bad acting that made the story bad? I am not the one to judge that, unless it was obvious. Will did seem more wooden to me than scarred. Jaden, well, I have a hard time even looking at him – we’ll just leave it at that.
What did I like? In the beginning, Cypher is saluted by a soldier, whose life he had saved. The soldier is missing a leg, but orders his colleagues(?) to stand him up. One he is standing he finally salutes Cypher. That single sign of respect moved me to tears. What makes this scene so significant to me is that I have no respect for the military, et al, as I am a pacifist – this is the simple explanation, as a human I am multi-faceted, and do have other emotions that tie in to my life choices. Even at the scene of a second salute, I was moved, though, not as much.
I also enjoyed the scenery on earth. The ship looked cool on the outside, but the inside did not complement the outside at all – at least not to me. While the outside was sleek, the inside was skeletal, literally.
Like I said, overall, I liked the movie. I will state that I was in a movie-watching mood, would could have influenced my feelings about this movie. I am an oddball also. 😀