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By: Jeff Ford
By: Jeff Ford

Previewing After Earth, Now You See Me, and Not Today

 Work has been crazy these last few days.  My mind also tends to wander quite a bit.  Hence this blog post going up later than normal.

 

There are three new films in the marketplace this week.  Let’s get started.  First up is…

 

AFTER EARTH

 

A crash landing leaves Kitai Raige and his father Cypher stranded on Earth, 1,000 years after events forced humanity's escape. With Cypher injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help. *

 

The Good – I’m always down for a good, old fashion post-apocalyptic story.  The Mad Max Trilogy, Wall-E, 12 Monkeys, & Barbed Wire (OK…maybe not that last one) have all been fantastic takes on the genre.  With Will and Jaden Smith on board, it does look interesting.

 

The Bad – Director M. Night Shyamalan’s track record has been hideous of late.  The Happening was laughably bad while The Last Airbender was nothing but a cavalcade of terrible decisions.  He white washed Asian characters, bored the key audience members, and destroyed any hope for a potential franchise.  It is considered one of the worst summer movies in recent years.  After Earth represents a mild departure for him.  It is the first movie he’s directed that he has not written himself.  Maybe this will help jump start his floundering career.

 

The Ugly – Shyamalan is known for including a twist ending (even when it’s uncalled for).  If this film turns out to be nothing but a Will Smith hallucination or some elaborate birthday party ruse, I’m going to be very upset.

 

After Earth is rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence and some disturbing images.

 

NOW YOU SEE ME

 

An FBI agent and an Interpol detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money. *

 

Brief Thoughts – This movie is not one I’d be expecting to make its premiere during the early summer months.  Not that it’s a bad thing.  Quite the opposite in fact.  It’s a refreshing change of pace from the slam bang action extravaganzas that frequent the release calendar.  The trailer had me intrigued.  I do love a good magic film like this and The Prestige, a film built around the question, how did they do it?

 

Now You See Me is rated PG-13 for language, some action and sexual content.

 

NOT TODAY

 

While on vacation with friends in Hyderabad, India, Caden Welles - a privileged young man with the world at his disposal - takes an unexpected turn in life after initially refusing to help a starving man and his daughter. *

 

Brief Thoughts – Human trafficking is a horrible practice that is too deep of a subject for a simple movie blog to tackle.  After watching this trailer, I think it’s also too deep for the filmmakers.  This is another movie where only the handsome American can show the errors of a foreign society.  It’s a tired cliché story that does a great disservice to the subject matter.  I’m going to pass on this film.

 

Not Today is rated PG-13 for mature thematic material.

 

That will do for this week.  Tune in next time when we try for a job at Google with some crashers.  Until then, filmmakers, stop blowing up our planet.  It’s the only one we’ve got.

 

*all movie summaries taken from IMDB.com

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