20 new images for AFTER EARTH reveal the impossible for an M Night Shyamalan film – Information

Let’s face facts here; Critically, M Night Shyamalan needs to pull out a hot if he expects to survive much longer in Hollywood. Sure, his films may make some decent cash, but on the review side, they’re absolutely terrible. Hell, The Last Airbender is a film that death row prisoners are usually forced to watch, as punishment.

And with After Earth, I’m holding onto a tiny spark of hope that the man finally delivers on something that combines tight mystery with polished cinematography.

The After Earth website and Facebook page has unleashed an entire torrent of new information, exposition which actually sets up the universe quite well. If you don’t feel like clicking through those images, here are some of the highlights;

  • Earth has been rendered the most dangerous planet in the universe after a series of cataclysmic climate change events
  • Humanity took to the stars in six arks, carrying 750 000 survivors to Nova Prime to begin again
  • Humanity is at war with the Skrel, who consider Nova Prime to be sacred ground
  • While Humanity was able to win initial battles against the Skrel, their ultimate bio-weapon, the Ursa turned the tide of the battle against them
  • The Ursa is able to prey on humans by sensing them through the pheremones they secrete when afraid. The Ursa see fear.
  • Cypher Raige discovered a weakness that he could use to take advantage of to defeat the Ursa. By becoming fearless, he could become invisible to the Ursa, and thus, Ghosting was created.
  • Only seven people have been able to master Ghosting, and are known as anomalies among Humanity

That’s some of the highlights, but give the rest of the package a read, as it creates an interesting environment and back story for After Earth. The film stars Will and Jaden Smith, and is out next year June.

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  • http://twitter.com/NukuNukuDash Tracy

    Really hope this is good. Also, wow what’s with the deluge of information? That much detail is unusual for any movie isn’t it? Unless, of course, they’re not going to take the time to explain it during, and hope you learn about it beforehand

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kervyn-Cloete/610830836 Kervyn Cloete

      Well, I’m guessing that most of this will be covered in the movie but just nowhere near as detailed as this. So this is really there for those who want to know more.

      The problem of course, is that I can now already see where the story is headed. Anybody willing to take a bet that Kitai will now have to learn to control his fear like his father and become the 8th Ghost?

      • http://twitter.com/NukuNukuDash Tracy

        Pffff, too easy. But you know what, a story from M Night that we can predict will be a nice change from a story where we spend the entire time trying to guess what the massive twist is going to be.

        • Darryn_Bonthuys

          I think M Night has also realised that he can’t just trot out the same pony show with all his films. He’s already been typecast because of it, but now, he may have finally woken up.

          Visually, the guy is a great director. I’m hoping that on the story front, he finally catches up to that benchmark.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kervyn-Cloete/610830836 Kervyn Cloete

          So basically what you’re is that the plot twist is that there’s no plot twist? That’s so crazy it might just work ;)

          • http://twitter.com/NukuNukuDash Tracy

            Well… basically yes :)