After Earth

After Earth ★★★½

While it's predictable plotting and fairly uninspired action sequences don't provide a huge amount of entertainment in what is ostensibly a blockbuster, After Earth is an affective rumination on parenthood. The metatextual element of Will and Jaden Smith passing the torch on screen as an on screen family is a legitimately unique choice, and it embeds a lot of emotion into the climax of the film. Jaden Smith gives a really raw and manic performance here that suits the desperation of the character.