After Earth

After Earth or After Earth 1 inQuebecandNew Brunswickis anAmerican science fiction filmdirected byMr. Night Shyamalan, released in2013.


1,000 years ago, the extreme environmental degradation of the Earth by humans initially pushed them to the Nova Prime planet . However, on the latter, creatures created genetically, the Ursas, kill human beings …

One day, General Raige, a Ranger, goes on a mission, taking his son Kitai with him. Unfortunately, a rain of asteroids causes the crash of their ship on Earth. All the crew was killed except them. Their ship is separated into two pieces 100 km apart. A distress beacon would allow them to contact other Rangers, but it no longer works. Fortunately, there is a second, but it is in the second part of the device. General Raige, who had his legs broken in the crash, decides to send his son Kitai to look for the other beacon. The latter will explore unknown places filled with wild animals that have taken control of the Earth, but also face the disturbing extraterrestrial creature Ursa who escaped during the crash. They will have to be courageous and learn to collaborate if they want to go home …

Technical sheet

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  • Original French title: After Earth
  • Quebec title: After the Earth
  • Director: Mr. Night Shyamalan
  • Scenario: Stephen Gaghan and Gary Whitta , from a story by Will Smith
  • Artistic Direction: Robert W. Joseph , Naaman Marshall and Dean Wolcott
  • Sets: Thomas E. Sanders
  • Costumes: Amy Westcott
  • Photography: Peter Suschitzky
  • Editing: Steven Rosenblum
  • Music: James Newton Howard
  • Producer: James Lassiter , Caleeb Pinkett  (in) , Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith
  • Production Companies: Blinding Edge Pictures , Overbrook Entertainment and Relativity Media
  • Distribution Companies: Columbia Pictures (United States), Sony Pictures Releasing France (France)
  • Country of origin: United States
  • Original language: English
  • Format: Color – 35mm – 2.35: 1 – Dolby Digital sound
  • Genre: science fiction
  • Budget: 130 million to $ 2
  • Duration: 100 minutes
  • Release dates 3 :
    • Canada , United States :
    • France :
    • Belgium :


  • Jaden Smith (VF: Abraham Rist, VQ: Vassili Schneider ) : Kitai Raige
  • Will Smith (VF: Greg Germain , VQ: Pierre Auger ) : Cypher Raige
  • Sophie Okonedo (VF: Mbembo, VQ: Nathalie Coupal ) : Faia Raige (at the beginning of the film, Cypher Raige calls her “Freya”)
  • Zoë Kravitz (VF: Joséphine Ropion, VQ: Sarah-Jeanne Labrosse ) : Senshi Raige
  • Glenn Morshower (VF: Patrick Bethune ) : Commander Velan
  • Kristofer Hivju (VF: Joel Zaffarano ) : the chief of security
  • David Denman (VF: Laurent Morteau ) : McQuarrie
  • Lincoln Lewis : Bo
  • Sacha Dhawan (VF: Julien Lucas ) : the pilot
  • Isabelle Fuhrman : an apprentice Ranger
  • Jaden Martin: Kitai Raige young
Source and legend : French version (VF) on AlloDoublage 4 and RS Dubbing 5 ; Quebec version (VQ) on 6


Genesis and development

Will Smith imagines this story after seeing the docufiction I should not be alive with his brother-in-law Caleeb Pinkett 7 . Originally, the actor develops a story in the present in which a father and his son have a car accident in the mountains. The father being wounded, it is the son who must fetch the help alone. Will Smith then decided to set the story 1000 years later, in the future, and think of a trilogy 8 . Will Smith and his company Overbrook Entertainmentcontact writer Gary Whitta with the basics of history: a father and son crash on Earth, 1,000 years after it was abandoned by humanity. His first script is titled 1000 AE 9 .

A month after the release of The Last Master of the Air , Will Smith contacts Mr. Night Shyamalan to wish him his birthday and to offer him to direct the film 10 . Later, the director decides to change the title to After Earth while the script is subsequently arranged by Stephen Gaghan 11 .

In parallel, a 300-page textbook retracing 1,000 years of history is written by Peter David , Michael Jan Friedman and Robert Greenberger, to further develop the world of film. This book serves as a basis for all the secondary elements and reveals what has happened to men since their departure from the Earth. Caleeb Pinkett, one of the producers states:”What struck me in this book is not only its degree of precision, but also how strangely premonitory it was. Peter imagined the story of a whole universe, but then events similar to what he wrote began to happen in our world, like the meteorite rain that hit Russia a few days ago. months and looks like an event described by Peter in the book. This proves how his approach is credible and it anchors the universe After Earth in reality, even if it is a science fiction film ” 9 .

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Jaden Smith confirms his presence in, before being joined by his father Will Smith in9 .


The film is shot with the Sony F65 digital camera ( 4K , 2D 12 ). This is the first time that Mr. Night Shyamalan has gone digital 9 .

Most scenes of the film are shot in Costa Rica 11 (including La Fortuna , the Arenal Volcano ). The rest of the movie was filmed in the United States ( Spaceport America in New Mexico , in Philadelphia , in the Utah , the Humboldt County , …) and in Switzerland 13


After Earth
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Soundtrack of James Newton Howard
Exit 14
duration 57:18
Kind movie soundtrack
Composer James Newton Howard
Label Sony Classical

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The music of the film is composed by James Newton Howard , who has already worked with Shyamalan for Sixth Sense (1999), Unbreakable (2000), Signs (2002), The Village (2004), The Young Girl of Water (2006) , Phenomena (2008) and The Last Master of the Air (2010).

List of titles 14
  1. The History of Man – 2:23
  2. I’m not advancing you – 1:28
  3. Pack Your Bags – 1:40
  4. Leaving Nova Prime – 0:48
  5. Can you ghost? – 2:09
  6. Ship Tears Apart – 2:17
  7. Kitai Finds Cypher – 1:19
  8. Get Me into the Cockpit – 1:36
  9. The Mission – 1:30
  10. Baboons – 2:51
  11. Kitai on Earth – 2:56
  12. Oven Vials Remain, Sir – 1:11
  13. Run to the Falls – 2:42
  14. Abort Mission – 2:01
  15. Bird Attack – 1:02
  16. Nest Battle – 2:03
  17. Safety in the Hog Hole – 3:42
  18. Saved by the Bird – 0:52
  19. The Tail – 1:40
  20. Dad, are you there? – 2:46
  21. Leech – 2:59
  22. See the Peak – 2:21
  23. Run to the Volcano – 0:37
  24. Somewhere to Hide – 1:22
  25. Chase Through the Cave – 3:07
  26. Ghosting – 4:45
  27. I Wanna Work With Mom – 1:17
  28. After Earth – 1:54


Home Review

The film receives very negative reviews. On the aggregator Rotten Tomatoes , it gets only 11% favorable opinions, for 188 critics identified 15 . His score on Metacritic is slightly better with an average of 33/100 for 41 critics 16 . Joe Morgenstern of The Wall Street Journal writes, ” Is After Earth the worst movie ever made? […] Maybe not; There’s always Battlefield Earth to remind us how low the bar can go.  ” 17 ( ” After Earth it is the worst movie ever made? […] Not necessarily, because there Battlefield Earthto remind us how far the bar can go down ” ).

In France , opinions are equally divided. On the Allociné website , the film won an average of 2.4 / 5 for thirteen titles 18 . Some journalists are, however, quite laudatory of the film. Olivia Cooper-Hadjian of the site writes “Shyamalan manages to make us want to follow this path once more” 18 . In Les Inrockuptibles , Hendy Bicaise thinks that “Shyamalan remains true to himself: the rhythm is slow, dialogue whispered, gestures calm, to better detonate (n) er action scenes” 18 . Laurent Duroche of Mad Movies appreciates the”Stunning natural landscapes” as well as the “ever-flashy staging, only concerned with telling its story in the most fluid way possible” 18 .

Some French critics are quite divided. Jérôme Momcilovic of the Chronic’art site writes ” After Earth is neither a big Shyamalan nor a big blockbuster. Do not cherish least, until something better, these little belief seeds planted in the desert increasingly dry film Hollywood shack breaker ” 18 . In Les Fiches du Cinéma , Gaël Reyre writes that it is simply an “honest family entertainment” 18 . Vincent Ostria of L’Humanité tries to save a little film which, according to him, “is not the failure that the American critic (who hates Shyamalan) describes,” but he regrets”The moral lesson style” you will be a man my son “[which] seems simple” 18 . François Forestier of TéléCinéObs writes “Nothing upsetting, but it’s nice” 18. Julián Monge-Nájera, scientific advisor of the BBC and NatGeo, writes about the scientific content of the film: “This Earth has a pleasant climate during the day, but reaches the freezing point during the night. Is it possible ? Indeed, yes. It happens in many tropical heights … In the film, Kitai uses drugs to survive the low level of oxygen in the atmosphere. And this type of medicine exists, the epigallocatechin-3-gallate, a component of green tea … what seems impossible is that the Ursas were not annihilated by the advanced civilization that we see in After Earth ” 19. One can also wonder how in 1000 years, the animals and the topography could evolve so quickly whereas such an evolution would be counted in hundreds of thousands of years for the living beings and in millions of years for the geography.

Laurent Pécha de Écran wides is much less shared and says that “the fall of Shyamalan continues. After Earth , it’s anti-spectacular SF, vehicle to the glory of the Smiths. For the B series, it would pass but there is talk of a so-called blockbuster ” 18 . Jean-Philippe Tessé of Cahiers du cinéma speaks of a “nanar of space” 18 . In The Fantastic Screen , Jean-Pierre Andrevon thinks that there is not much to save in the film, except “some beautiful scenery and a short moment of emotion when the mother eagle moans in front of her little ones torn by the fauves »18 . Frédéric Strauss de Télérama finds that the result is simply “as stupid as it is unfriendly” 18 .

Box office

Country or region Box Office Box office shutdown date Number of weeks
 United States $ 60,522,097 2 , 20 12
 la France 1,276,118 entries 20 9
 World $ 243,843,127 2


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A comic entitled After Earth: Innocence was published as the novel After Earth: Ghost Stories , returning to the origins of the story 9 .

Notes and references

  1. ↑ “Quebec title and film record in Quebec”  [ archive ] and New Brunswick on , accessed January 10, 2013
  2. ↑ a , b and c After Earth ”  [ archive ] , on Box Office Mojo
  3. ↑ (en) Release dates [ archive ] on the Internet Movie Database
  4. ↑ “French dubbing sheet of the film”  [ archive ] on AlloDoublage , accessed February 20, 2013
  5. ↑ “French dubbing sheet of the film”  [ archive ] on RS Dubbing , accessed June 3, 2013
  6. ↑ “Sheet of dubbing Quebec film”  [ archive ] on , accessed December 7, 2013
  7. ↑ (in) Movie Metropolis ‘ AFTER EARTH: Comic Con 2012 panel press with screenwriter Gary Whitta ”  [ archive ] , on YouTube , (accessed March 13, 2013 )
  8. ↑ (in) Can Turn His Will Smith Son Jaden Into the Next Fresh Prince of Hollywood?  [ archive ]
  9. ↑ a , b , c , d and e Secrets of filming ”  [ archive ] , on Allociné (accessed January 31, 2015 )
  10. ↑ (in) Kanchan Thakur, ” ” After Earth Was Born on my birthday “says filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan ”  [ archive ] , Dainik Bhaskar  (in) , (accessed May 28, 2013 )
  11. ↑ a and b (in) Adam Chitwood, ” Set Photos from M. Night Shyamalan’s After Earth starring Will Smith ,”  [ archive ] , on , (accessed January 8, 2013 )
  12. ↑ F65  [ archive ] – Sony .fr
  13. ↑ (in) Filming locations [ archive ] on the Internet Movie Database
  14. ↑ a and b (in) After Earth (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) ”  [ archive ] , on AllMusic .com (accessed 31 January 2015) .
  15. ↑ (in) After Earth (2013) ”  [ archive ] , on Rotten Tomatoes (accessed January 31, 2015 )
  16. ↑ (in) After Earth ”  [ archive ] , on Metacritic (accessed January 31, 2015 )
  17. ↑ (in) Joe Morgenstern FILM REVIEW: Muddle-‘Earth ‘  [ Archive ] – The Wall Street Journal , May 30, 2013
  18. ↑ a , b , c , d , e , f , g , h , i , j , k and l Press Reviews – After Earth ”  [ archive ] , on Allociné (accessed January 31, 2015 )
  19. ↑  [ archive ]
  20. ↑ a and b After Earth ”  [ archive ] , on JP’s Box Office

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