Flickchart Preview: ‘Oblivion’ vs. ‘After Earth’

Nigel Druitt

An avid Flickcharter since 2009, Nigel is a self-described fanboy whose Top 20 is dominated by the likes of Indiana Jones, Frodo Baggins and Marty McFly. Nigel is the Canadian arm of the Flickchart Blog, but try not to hold that against him. You can find him on Flickchart as johnmason.

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3 Responses

  1. David Greenwood says:

    After watching the Trailers, Oblivion looks more likely to succeed, but it also looks a lot more conventional. I will probably enjoy it, since I love formula sci-fi, especially with the dependable “everything you think you know is a lie” hook.

    Still, I WANT After Earth to be great. I have always liked M. Night Shyamalan because he’s always trying his heart out to make a great movie. He usually fails, but I respond very strongly to the things he tries to do. Unbreakable is one of a kind (if a smidge pretentious), and Lady in the Water was terrible underrated. I hope so much to add After Earth to his list of success stories.

    For a multi-million dollar sci-fi epic to center on a father and son reconnecting is pretty damn ballsy. Casting a real life father and son is also a strong statement on intent. Shyamalan has always had a fondness for small scale family issues, and I have no doubt he is more personally invested in this project than Abrams is in Oblivion. In the end, I hope they’re both great.

    • Nigel Druitt says:

      I think Joseph Kosinski is pretty personally involved in Oblivion, considering he’s had a long-gestating story outline for the film for some time. (J.J. Abrams will be bringing us Star Trek Into Darkness, and I know he’s not as personally into that as he will be into Star Wars Episode VII.)

      But, you’re not wrong. I, too, would like to see Shyamalan get another movie that is not panned by absolutely everyone. And I’ve always had a soft spot for Will Smith.

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