Movie review: 'After Earth' is just another dystopian face in the crowd


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  • If There is Anything Virtuous Salt Lake City, UT
    May 31, 2013 8:04 p.m.

    Hmmm…my favorite movie reviewer, Phil Boatwright, said this:

    "After Earth is the best sci-fi adventure since Close Encounters of the Third Kind!

    We’ve come a long way technology-wise since Steven Spielberg’s 1977 alien classic, but all too often the profound morals and messages found in the best of science fiction have gotten lost between the state-of-the-art CGI effects. ...After Earth… incorporate(s) spirituality, and suggests that we look within to find purpose rather than just anesthetize our brains with electronic time-passers.

    "There are several issues incorporated within this tale of survival: honor, father/son relationships, forgiveness, the sanctity of life, and sacrifice. Though none of these subjects is used to beat us over the head, they are a part of the makeup of this scary, thrilling movie metaphor…

    "Tightly written and wonderfully photographed, it takes us to a world outside our own. And what a pleasure to see a film that tells a story of estrangement and the overcoming of fear, without including the standard issue of crudity, disrespect, and profanity."

    Now I know, even better, why I like Mr. Boatwright's reviews better than the DN's.