Trailer Talk: 'After Earth' Offers 'Avatar'-Lite, Will Smith and Son Reunion

What movie star would pass up the chance to star alongside his or her adorable son?

Will Smith got that opportunity with the sweet father/son drama "The Pursuit of Happyness" six years ago. Now, Papa Smith and son ("The Karate Kid's" Jaden Smith) are back together on screen in "After Earth," a 2013 release set in the future.

The catch? The man behind the camera has become a punchline in film circles after a brief, blazing start to his career.


M. Night Shyamalan will try to make us forget "The Last Airbender" ... and "The Happening" ... and "The Village" and "The Lady in the Water" with his latest directorial effort.

The story finds Smith and Smith starring as a father and son who crash land on Earth roughly a 1,000 years after humans abandoned the third rock from the son. The planet is now a far more dangerous place, and the two must survivor the onslaught of new creatures while calling for a rescue team.

Our first look at "After Earth" showcases impressive effects, some tender moments between the Smiths and some odd similarities to a little planet called ... Pandora. There's no direct hint of James Cameron's eco-themes from "Avatar," but the trailer moves by so swiftly it's hard to detect much of anything of consequence.

Smith remains a major star, albeit one who hasn't been on screen much lately. The younger Smith proved he could carry a film with his "Kid" reboot. The wild card is Shyamalan, who shares a writing credit on the film and has given audiences no indication (yet) he's capable of an artistic turnaround.


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