Hold onto your butts, I'm about to defend an M. Night Shyamalan movie as being "not that bad."
So yeah. That was not nearly as bad as I was expecting. Oh, don't get me wrong, it's not good, but it's mediocre, and considering Shyamalan's recent track record, that's surprising. Pardon me while I use this as an excuse to post the "jelly side down scene" from Devil.
God, I love that movie.
Any way, After Earth. ...Yeah, it's not a terrible movie. I'd give it like a C- or something. It's a totally inoffensive if somewhat bland and boring sci-fi action movie. The effects are actually pretty good, the world they built is cool even if they didn't do a great job showing us interesting parts of it (seriously, how is this movie not a war movie starring Will Smith?), Smith's character is named Cypher Raige which is... Actually that's the best part of the movie. It's at the very least watchable.
There's bad stuff there, of course. Actually, the biggest problem with the movie is that no one gives a good performance. I don't understand how Will Smith managed to give off absolutely 0% of his charisma, and I saw The Karate Kid, so I know for a fact that Jaden can act, but man you wouldn't know it from this movie. The "science" is stupid, of course (how did everything evolve to kill humans after humans left the Earth? I don't... I don't.), but compared to it's 11% score on Rottentomatoes right now? I don't think it's that bad, not by a longshot. I mean, The Happening is a better movie than After Earth, according to that score.
I think Shyamalan's name has become critical poison at this point (FOR VERY GOOD REASON), but I think that's given an unjustly bad reputation to a movie that's not-that-bad.
But I'm one of the people who really enjoyed Prometheus, so what do I know? Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to be over here waiting for Devil 2.