After Earth

Theatrical Release: May 31, 2013
DVD Release: October 8, 2013
After Earth


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.

Dove Review

This is a terrific father and son film, a thrilling coming-of-age movie as well as a story of survival. General Cypher Raige (Will Smith) returns home from a lengthy tour of duty to learn his son, Kitai (Jaden Smith), has not been promoted to Cadet. There is a tangible tension between the two but Mom comes to the rescue and later, privately, reminds Cypher that Kitai needs a father, not a commander. Soon afterward the General invites his son on a mission to spend quality time with him, but an asteroid storm forces the ship to crash land on their former planet, Earth. Earth has been changed and various animals have developed and Kitai finds himself on a mission to find the beacon they need, which is located in the tail of the space craft that crashed before they did in the remainder of the ship. With his father badly hurt, Kitai must make the journey alone, and face several perils, in order to find the beacon and bring hope to his father as well as himself that they will survive.

There are a few fantasy violent moments in this film, including a few scenes of characters which have been impaled from a distance, but these are not gratuitous and are fleeting with very little blood. Due to the coming-of-age theme, which we think older children might relate to we are pleased to award the movie our Dove Seal for ages twelve plus. This film includes danger and peril but also the story of a father saluting his son for his advancement toward manhood. This is a good one!

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: D-1; A comment that "even your brain knows you're scr*wed".
Violence: A few bodies are seen impaled on branches from a distance; a monstrous creature runs a tentacle through a character but is seen mainly in shadows; a space wreck with some corpses seen with some blood on bodies; some small chick-like creatures are attacked by a tiger-like creature and they die and have some blood on them; an explosion on a ship sends a character flying across the ship; some blood seen on a character's leg as he does an arterial surgery on himself; monkey-like creatures are seen, dead, with some blood on their corpses; a little blood seen on a woman's face; boy attacks creature with a sword.
Drugs: An injured man takes a pain killer; a leech cuts a character's hand and he swells up badly and must give himself two shots to survive.
Nudity: None
Other: A few jump scenes involving a man suddenly coming up on a boy and a large monster which is a bit intense; a snake is seen.


Company: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Writer: Gary Whitta & M. Night Shyamalan
Producer: James Lassiter
Genre: Adventure
Runtime: 100 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter