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Sony Pictures | After Earth movie trailers starring Will Smith
RETV | Comic Con sneak peak of After Earth
After Earth official website
video sources: Sony Pictures / RETV
Topics: Singularity/Futures | Space
“…there is at least a fair chance, based on what I read about it and the people involved with it, that it’s just a family and friends project that got out of control. ”
Called it, unfortunately.
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According to what I read elsewhere: “M. Night Shyamalan was attached to this project then entitled One Thousand A. E. as his next directorial effort, three months after the box-office success of The Last Airbender.” Yes, it made money but it’s odd how it doesn’t mention he also got the Golden Raspberry awards for Worst Picture, Worst Director, and Worst Screenplay for that movie and there has been no talk of a sequel despite the fact the first movie only covered a quarter or less of the story.
This movie may be quite good and I sincerely hope it is but there is at least a fair chance, based on what I read about it and the people involved with it, that it’s just a family and friends project that got out of control.
And yes, more than just asking why did technology slow down so much, why is it so apparently uneven? The first thing a purportedly “serious” story (i.e. not space opera) that is set that far in the future must do is show that scientific and technological development have increased across the board or else explain any odd gaps where it seems to have improved only along some lines. If people with interstellar travel capabilities still die of old age, why? If computers and robots aren’t far more capable than humans, whether as servants or not, why not? There are many other issues that can no longer be ignored by an ostensibly “serious” look at the future as it might be .
Yet, most science fiction movies still seem to not have the slightest idea of what a technological singularity is and, if the story does not incorporate one then, these days, I would argue that the onus is on the story to provide a believable explanation for why it did not.
The story teller looking the other way (and perhaps whistling nervously) to ignore such concerns is no longer adequate unless, of course, they really are making space opera.
I like space opera, too, I just can’t really take it as seriously as the creators sometimes seem to think I should (and this movie is selling itself as being pretty deadly serious). It’s also not really acceptable as a steady diet.
Interesting trailer. But, can you provide the story (on this page)?
I do not want to spend time searching it by myself.
Saw the movie. Nothing special – no surprise endings, mysteries or anything . It’s really an action flick with a sci-fi background. Acting was horrible – stilted, unemotional, awkward. Life in 1,000 years seemed similar to life today. They have FTL but no smart materials to fix their ships.
Then there’s the absurdity of spending trillions to relocate Earth to another world only to discover that “oops” it’s occupied. Definitely a Comcast, Netflix, Hulu film.
The influence of Deus Ex, strikes again.
Earth after Scientology…?
After watching the trailer, my only question is: Why did technology stop evolving for 1,000 years? They don’t have much beyond what will likely be here within 10 or 15 years, from what I can see. :)
Firstly, just looking at those clips they appear to have Faster Than Light (FTL) or wormhole capabilities that can transport them from one solar system to another in minutes (Wikipedia and the After Earth website both say that they came from a location outside of the solar system), masks that can convert your exhale into inhale-able gasses (even in a vacuum), hand-held scanners that can do an MRI or advanced CT scan in real time, weapons that can become four times their size in a split second, 3D holographic technology, GPS and mapping software without any space satellites, communications that can travel between solar systems, anti-gravity technology and plasma-based weaponry.
Secondly, unless they invented FTL or wormhole technology before leaving Earth then they either had to sleep away thousands of years or they had to use generational ships, which wouldn’t allow for any kind of radical technological changes in such cramped conditions. The closest potentially-habitable mesoplanet (Earth temperature) is Gliese 581g which is 20.2 light years away, or 1.91102674 x 10^14 km; at the fastest speed that a space vehicle has ever traveled under it’s own power (New Horizons) it would take over 370,000 years.
Thirdly, they would have had to rebuild civilisation when they got there. It took 250 years to go from the Industrial Age to the Modern Age, and given that they have to start with limited resources without even having agricultural capabilities on the planet itself they would probably need at least 200 years to completely rebuild civilisation to the point where they even thought about building on top of the technology that they left Earth with.
And lastly, based on the new animals now on Earth we are talking about millions of years before eagles became bigger than jaguars because according to DNA studies it took some time between 700,000 to 1.8 million years for the Haast’s Eagle in New Zealand to grow to the size that it did from an ancestor that was about the size of a contemporary eagle, and the Haast’s Eagle wasn’t even close to the size of a jaguar!
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