After Earth

Synopsis: One thousand years after cataclysmic events forced humanity's escape from Earth, Nova Prime has become mankind's new home. Legendary General Cypher Raige returns from an extended tour of duty to his estranged family, ready to be a father to his 13-year-old son, Kitai. When an asteroid storm damages Cypher and Kitai's craft, they crash-land on a now unfamiliar and dangerous Earth. As his father lies dying in the cockpit, Kitai must trek across the hostile terrain to recover their rescue beacon. His whole life, Kitai has wanted nothing more than to be a soldier like his father. Today, he gets his chance.
Director(s): M. Night Shyamalan
Production: Sony Pictures
  3 wins & 8 nominations.
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100 min

Mayday, mayday. This is

Hesper 2-99, heavy in distress.


Engine 1 and 2 are offline.

We're losing her.

Go! Go!

I've heard stories of Earth.

A paradise...

...until we destroyed it.


The founding of the Uniting Ranger Corp,

One thousand years ago...

...was a global military effort... evacuation of Earth.

The rangers would lead the settlement

of mankind in its new home.

Nova Prime.

But we were not alone.

The aliens released the Ursa.

Monsters. Bred to kill humans.

Technically blind.

The Ursas see humans based

on the pheromones...

...secrete when frightened

They literally smell our fear.

Humankind was again

in danger of extinction,

and again turned to the rangers

for the answer.

And that answer came in the form...

...of the prime commander Cypher Raige.

The original Ghost.

He's believed to be

soul completely free of fear,

that to an Ursa...

...he's invisible.

This phenomena is known as 'Ghosting'.

This isn't a race, cadet.


Your test scores are very impressive.

In the classroom you are

an outstanding ranger,

but in the field you collapse.

I'm not advancing you.

You may try again next year.

Sir, I am dedicated,

I've studied...

...and consistently displayed conduct

becoming a ranger, sir.

I request that the commander

reconsider his assessment, sir.


- Sir,

my father is returning home tonight.

I haven't seen him in...

It's a very special day for our family.

and I've gotta be able

to tell him that I'm a ranger, sir.

You tell your father...

...that I said welcome home.




How were finals?

- How were finals?

- I wasn't advanced to ranger.

Where do we look when we speak?

I was not advanced to ranger.

You were not advanced to ranger..?

I was not advanced to ranger, sir.

That's all right, you're young...

I ran the canyons 11 seconds

faster than you did.

You weren't ready.

Velan is a good man,

he knows his stuff.

If you were, he would've promoted you.

You weren't ready.

I'm not hungry.

I'm going to my room.

Are you asking me or telling me?

- May I go to my room, sir?

- Denied! Sit down!

Our last visit to Iphitos...

...flying tomorrow.

Supervising training...

...and after it's completed,

I'm announcing my retirement.


Maybe I'll work with you... Turbine division.


I want my family back.

I want you back.

That boy in there... trying to find you.

He's a feeling boy.

He's an intuitive boy.

He watched you read that book

with Senshi his entire life.

He's reading that book now.

He's reaching for you.

Don't get me wrong,

I respect everything you've done.

But you have a son in the other room that... do not know.

He blames himself

on what happened to Senshi.

He thinks its his fault.

He's drowning.

And he does not need

a commanding officer.

He needs a father.

Pack your bags.

You're coming with me to Iphitos.

This was a really good decision.

Now go and make some

good memories together.

You take it easy on your father.

He's a little rusty.


General Raige.

I was in the plateau.

You saved me and four others.

I just came from seeing

my baby girl's face for the first time.

Stand me up. /

That won't be necessary, Ranger.

Stand me up!

I'm reading 'Moby-Dick'.

Your mother told me.

That's great.

Our military transporter will arrive

training base on Iphitos in seven hours.

I'm gonna grab some rack time.

Recommend you do the same.


Can you read?

I said, can you read?

Yes, sir.

Well, there's a sign back there:

'Authorized Personnel Only. '

Why didn't you read that?

What's in the cage?

Might wanna go easy on him, Serge.

That's the Prime Commander's son

right there.

- You're Raige's kid?

- What's in there?

You wanna see?

Kit, we have to go.

Right now.

Is that...

- They surprised us.

Senshi, extract those things.

An Ursa?

- Taking it to Iphitos.

For ghost training.

You wanna see if you can ghost?

Ghosting is when you don't have

a trace of fear in you.

Most guys freeze.

That's your cerebral cortex

looking for an answer it doesn't have.

See, even your brain

knows you're screwed.

Your blood is filling

with adrenaline right now...

...whether you know it or not.

Your heart's beating fast.

It's getting a little harder to breath.

Your neurobiological system

is telling you to run,

but your knees are too weak to move.

And it's... too late anyway.

The pores in your skin

have already opened up.

It's secrete an imperceptible amount

of pheromones into the air.

And all you can think about

is when it gonna kill you.


She sees you, kid.

Attention on deck.

Kitai, back to your seat now.

Rangers, go red-con one.

Secure all cargo.

Behind your seat, there's a life-suit.

- Put it on now. Strap in full harness.

- Yes, sir.

Good evening, General. /


Where's the last known position

of the closest asteroid storm?

Category 4 asteroid formation.

2,000 kilometers to starboard,

at plus 4-5 detonation.

I detected graviton vibrations

in the hull.

But you detected, how?

Graviton build-up could be

a precursor to mass expansion.

That storm could harm us

in minutes.

But, sir, mass expansion

is one in a million.

If we try to navigate out...

...the pull of our own graviton weight

could set the thing off.

Let's just hold course and hope I'm wrong.

Just out of interest, sir,

how often are you wrong?

My wife would give a very

interesting answer to that question.

Graviton count's decreasing.

800 parts per million.

Well, sir,

there's a first time for everything.

Turn into it.

Match bearing.


She's a dead stick.

Engines 1 and 2 are offline.

We're losing her.

- Can you travel us out of here?

- Where?

The anchorage, Lycia.

It's the closest.

Negative, sir. We cannot worm-hole

travel in the middle of this.

Do it.

Coordinates for anchorage

at Lycia locked in.

No confirmation signal, sir.

Travel us now.

Sir, without confirmation...

- That's an order.

Go. Go.

Cabin pressure dropping.

Heavy damage to outer hull.

There's a breach possible in middle cabin.

Find me something I can land on. Now!

I got something.

Bearing 3-4-0 by 9-5.

Range, 86,000.

this planet has been

declared unfit for human habitation.

Placed under class-1 quarantine

by the interplanetary authority.

Under penalty of law,

Do not attempt to land.

do not attempt to land.

It's not possible.

The computer might have defaulted

back to a known demarcation point.

No. Not yet.

Travel us again.

- Negative, sir.

This ship is gonna tear apart

at any moment.

Set her down.

Mayday, mayday.

This is Hesper 2-9-9 heavy in distress.

We took heavy damage

from an asteroid storm...

...and are going down with bingo power.

You all right?


Good to go.

You confirm the Ursa's contained.

The back of the ship is gone.

Rangers, count off.

Rangers, count off.


The cockpit is directly above us.


Left rear.

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Gary Whitta

Gary Leslie Whitta (born 21 July 1972) is an English-born American screenwriter, author, game designer, and video game journalist. He is known as the former editor-in-chief of both the UK and US editions of PC Gamer magazine and contributor to gaming magazine ACE. Whitta was the screenwriter of The Book of Eli (2010), co-wrote After Earth (2013) with M. Night Shayamalan, and co-developed the story for Rogue One (2016). more…

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