9. Will Smith Doesn't Leave His Chair - After Earth
M. Night Shyamalan making a bad movie is about as much of a surprise as the sun rising in the morning, and his depressingly dull After Earth didn't stray far from his usual fare. While this doesn't seem so offensive when we're talking about The Last Airbender, a movie with a relatively unfamiliar cast, when Shyamalan hires an actor of Will Smith's caliber (or rather, his potential caliber), it's a downright outrage that he wastes him on such boring material. Instead, After Earth seems more like a vehicle to launch Smith's son Jaden to stardom, albeit one which consequently fell flat. The main problem is one that occurs during the opening set-piece in which the ridiculously-named Cypher Raige (Will Smith) and his son Kitai (Jaden) crash-land on a desolate Earth, and must try to survive against immense odds. This seems like a fine, Avatar-esque set-up, until we see that Cypher has broken both of his legs, and Kitai will have to go it alone. The result? 2 hours of Will Smith cheerleading his son's attempt to be an action hero from the safety of a chair, which is exactly as much fun as it sounds. If Jaden had even a scrap of likeability, perhaps this one wouldn't have stunk so badly.
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