You should watch “after earth”

I went to the cinema last night with my brother and his girlfriend to watch “After earth.” The movie is directed by M. Night Shyamalan and the main actors are Will Smith and his son Jaden Smith. I am not going to be a spoiler and tell you everything about the movie but there is one thing that I want to say about it, and its that the movie has an important ecological message and I wanted to share it here. The movies starts talking about how we ended up destroying the planet because we ended with it’s natural resources, with the consequence of big floods, massive storms, dramatic change of temperatures, earthquakes…etc. So humans had to find other planets to live in, and they did, but they were not alone. Aliens almost ended with the existence of humans but they figured out how to kill the aliens. Aliens were blind, but fear from other species could allow them to see. When the commandant Cypher Raige (Will Smith) and the apprentice Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) are about to arrive to another planet, a meteor shower gets on their way and they cause a fatal accident and only Cypher and his son are the rest of the survivors on the ship, which crashes in a planet where during the day the temperatures are very warm and during the night everything gets frozen (extreme temperatures). Cypher found out that the planet that they were in was Earth, and it was categorized as level 1 of danger, because every specie evolved to kill humans. However, in the middle of the movie, a bird saves and dies for Kitai because he was about to get frozen at night time during his journey to go to the tale of the ship to send a rescue message. After the movie I was thinking, what if we in reality have a similar ending? what if we have to abandon Earth because we get really close to destroy it? And even if most of the species hate us there are still some that show that we can cohabit with them if we show care for them. It has an important meaning of how we were not born to create destruction and madness. I hope you guys end up watching the movie if you have not yet and share your thoughts. Thank you.

-Luis

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4 responses to “You should watch “after earth”

  1. I saw this movie not long after it came out. I wasn’t really looking forward to it, but my fiancé was adamant about seeing it. It actually was pretty good! It definitely made you stop and think about what could happen if we continue to overuse our resources. Sure, it was a little over dramatic, considering I don’t really foresee everything on Earth evolving to kill humans, but it definitely brought up the possibility of having to move civilization to another planet. I can’t even imagine the kind of destruction we have to do to completely destroy Earth, but with the path we’re currently on who knows what could happen. I just hope we get control of it before it’s too late. I was going to mention this movie back when I originally watched it, but had completely forgot. I’m glad you said something about it!

  2. Amanda,
    I also think that it was a little bit over dramatic when they said that every specie evolved to kills us. I mean, of course they would not like us if we almost destroyed Earth but I do not think they can sit and talk about what humans are doing and criticize us. They would just attack us like any other animal who presents a threat to their kind, it is just way of surviving right?. However, I can see why the director said that every specie evolved to kill us. I think he just wanted to send a message like we destroyed their habitat so when they see us again they will not be happy about it.
    -Luis

  3. Luis,
    It kind of sounds like the grown-up, adult version of Disney/Pixar’s Wall-E. Where humans have depleted the earth of all of the natural resources which are necessary in the flourishing of human life; therefore humans are forced to exist on another planet (ship). I see a trend in these environmental movies: it seems that humans are to blame for all environmental and ecological damages. Do you think movies do this to scare us, or is there really a trend/future prediction going on here?
    -Sara

    • Sara,

      Interesting questions. I actually think that these movies might be trying to scare us and do a prediction as well. Even though society does not respect nature anymore in most places around the world, there are still people who care about the environment and know that we are connected to it, and that is why this movies are in the screening world. However, there are some movies that are more focused towards your second question than the first one, like after earth. The day after tomorrow and Avatar would be an example of both your first and second question. I really think that they want to influence society but I honestly do not know if movies are enough to teach society how to start taking care of the environment. Governments have the last word to take decisions but at the same time people are the ones who make the governments take decisions right?

      Luis

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