New to Scarborough: After Earth, 12A

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Will Smith and son Jaden share the screen for the first time since the 2006 drama The Pursuit Of Happyness in this sci-fi adventure.

Directed by M Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense), it is set in the distant future, Earth is a devastated wasteland, uninhabited by humans who have relocated to Nova Prime in another solar system.

A peacekeeping force known as the Ranger Corps protects this new community, led by valiant General Cypher Raige (Will Smith), who pioneered a way to overcome fear and leads the humans to victory against a vicious race of aliens called the S’krell.

Cypher’s son Kitai (Jaden Smith) trains to become a member of the Ranger Corps in order to impress his father and assuage his guilt about the death of his sister, Senshi (Zoe Kravitz).

While Cypher is level-headed, Kitai is impetuous and reckless, and his application is rejected.

So Cypher’s wife Faia (Sophie Okonedo) implores her husband to bond with Kitai during a voyage into space.

But the subsequent mission almost ends in disaster and father and son become stranded on Earth at the mercy of the voracious creatures which now call the desolate planet home.

It gives Smith Jr the chance to pretend to be mad at his real life father – but it all comes good in the end as the two bond as they try to save the the Earth and themselves.

Big on budget, big on special effects and action, the movie delivers on all fronts.

Smith Snr – who has his usual stock of quips as well as fire power – also commands the screen.

Well worth a viewing.

It is on at the Futurist.