‘After Earth’ Viral Video Hints That Facebook Destroyed the World or Something

Will Smith After Earth

Behind the slick video, this first look at After Earth from M. Night Shymalan shows off a sci-fi flick with a lot of old ideas. Hopefully there’s a lot more to it than what’s on the surface. And isn’t that strange? We’ve now entered an era where we’re not necessarily anticipating a twist from Shymalan.

The movie focuses on a character named Cypher Raige played by Will Smith. Now that you’ve stopped laughing, it takes place a thousand years after mankind left the Earth behind as Cypher and his son Kital (Jaden Smith) crash on the surface of the planet that their species used to run. Understandably, a lot has changed.

Using Facebook Timeline for some reason, this video shows us how an alien ship gave a lot of 20th century technology, but ultimately led to our downfall. Because we broke the environment or something.

There’s not an original idea in the bunch. That’s a bit troubling. A synopsis is just a piece of the puzzle, but none of the elements here promise anything special. Maybe that’s the point, or maybe this movie has a long way to go to prove that we should give Shymalan another shot at entertaining.

And, seriously. Cypher Raige?

A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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