First Trailer for M. Night Shyamalan's 'After Earth' Crashes Onto the Web

After Earth

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In what's shaping up to be something of a trend for 2013, M. Night Shyamalan's After Earth envisions a distant future in which mankind has been forced to flee the planet, with a few noteworthy exceptions -- such as our brave stars Will and Jaden Smith, who play a pair of intergalactic travelers marooned on the third rock from the sun. From the synopsis:

In After Earth, one thousand years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s escape from Earth, Nova Prime has become mankind’s new home. Legendary General Cypher Raige (played by Will Smith) returns from an extended tour of duty to his estranged family, ready to be a father to his 13-year-old son, Kitai (played by Jaden Smith). 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.

It all looks a little dicey on paper (Cypher Raige? M. Night Shyamalan? Um.), but the trailer comes at you with enough impressive visuals, and enough hints at a suitably hefty overall narrative, to generate a surprising amount of (wary) enthusiasm. Take a look at the video below and judge for yourself:

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