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Total Film | After Earth Review

There’s a lot to admire here: the boldly swooping camerawork, pinpoint-sharp 4K visuals and enough forest-based mayhem to rival Avatar.

Yet there is much to titter at too, most of it emanating from a clunky, cumbersome script containing more than one preposterous incident.

There’s not a lot that Will – saddled with a static role to rival Ryan Reynolds in Buried – can do with lines like “This mission has reached abort criteria!”

But for all its mealymouthed dialogue and often comical solemnity After Earth at least delivers consistently diverting entertainment – something you couldn’t say of Shyamalan’s last directorial outing, the calamitous Last Airbender.

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