Decades or centuries ago, Earth was left by the humans for animals to inhabit, and a military commander, General Cypher Raige, played by Will, has a son named Kitai (these names are over the top if you ask me), who has wanted nothing more but to be recognized as a brave soldier. He earns his chance to prove his worth after a plane crash into Earth, where Cypher is injured and everyone but Kitai is dead. Kitai must travel about a hundred kilometres to locate a gadget from another part of the crashed ship that can send a signal. Along the way, Kitai must get used to cold, heavier gravity, and the weirdness of the world seen through someone, whom Moby Dick is the only know-how of this lost planet, racing against time before they both get too weak.
Now, I thought I was going to like this movie more than I did. My excitement got a bit down during the opening sequence, where we learn that Jaden has a weird and weak British accent for the role. I don't know, it just doesn't let Kitai be an interesting character, and neither is Cypher. He is in communication with Kitai the whole time, and even though they're father and son in real life, it doesn't feel that way when he shows no emotion for when Kitai is upset or hurt. This movie also takes a wrong turn when Shayamalan decided that the way Kitai would have to race against time is because of having to take once-use inhalers. It's simply a weird idea.
As for the story's action, it can be pretty exciting and actually at times, scary, as in scares pop up like they do in good horror films, but half the time, especially for the first thirty minutes, there's no action and stale drama. In the end, though, if someone wanted to see After Earth with me, I'd go watch it with them. All's fine by me. I just would've liked it a lot more if Jaden Smith's skill was shown off better. Jaden has proven to us he is a capable actor. His talent just hides in this film under a British accent and boring outfit.