After Earth

“Danger is real. Fear is a choice.” This limpid tag line of the most recent production from team Pinkett Smith, serves as a beacon that keeps the viewer and the story on track.  After Earth, opening this Friday, is the latest in a series of Talmudic-like morality tales from the high achieving family. Beginning with The Pursuit of Happyness and continuing with Seven Pounds and even the remake of The Karate Kid, each of these recent films focuses on delivering tips for a successful and fulfilling life to its audience. Happyness was about self-confidence. Seven Pounds focused on redemption and the connection between giving to others and forgiveness. After Earth is about the idea that fear is a construct of the mind that can be overcome by refusing to give the unknown outcomes of the future any power in the present.

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