Like most summer tentpole movies, the promotional material for “After Earth,” the upcoming sci-fi adventure starring the father-son duo of Will and Jaden Smith, has focused almost squarely on the action elements of the film. Essentially, it’s been a lot of space ship crashes and Jaden Smith running through the jungle away from highly evolved human killers.
While director M. Night Shyamalan’s hot streak is more than a decade in the rear-view mirror, there was a time when he excelled at putting quieter moments on the screen, in between shocking revelations. In the first clip from “After Earth,” we get such a moment that drives home the stakes of the film.
Jaden’s character Kitai Raige must retrieve a homing beacon from the tail end of their crashed ship, since it appears that his father, the perfectly name Cypher Raige, is unable to.
Check out the clip (via Collider) after the jump!
“After Earth” opens on May 31.