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.
Rotten Tomatoes:
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. '

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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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