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Mr. Laser Beam March 14 2013 01:18 AM

POLL: The 'After Earth' plot twist
 
Since After Earth is a M. Night Shyamalan film (plus it has characters with names like "Cypher Raige" which sounds rather fake to me), it's very likely there will be a final plot twist. What do you think it will be?

Christopher March 14 2013 03:08 AM

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Actually this is not "an M. Night Shyamalan film" in the sense you mean, because this time he's not the main writer or the one who conceived the project. The original script was by Gary Whitta, a video-game writer/designer who also wrote the screenplay for The Book of Eli. Shyamalan did a rewrite, followed by a polish by Stephen Gaghan (Traffic, Syriana).

And we know it's not a simulation or a dream, because the film is one part of a multimedia franchise whose backstory "bible" was developed by comics/novel authors Peter David, Bob Greenberger, and Michael Jan Friedman. They didn't create the concept, but they were brought in to build the universe based on the movie's ideas, and the film script was rewritten on the basis of their bible. The three of them are doing a number of tie-ins that expand the film's universe, including several e-books and a prequel comic that are already available, and a novel and in-universe "survival guide" coming out soon (as well as a novelization by PAD).

Borgminister March 14 2013 03:40 AM

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Apes.

Tosk March 14 2013 04:02 AM

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The twist will be that it's a so-so movie at best, but still better than anything else that Night has directed for ten years. :)

Christopher March 14 2013 04:30 AM

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I'm hopeful about this one. My only problems with Shyamalan's work are with his writing; he can be a superb director (though he is capable of being too self-indulgent). Combine his directing with someone else's script (and a producer strong enough to rein him in) and you could really have something. And the final(ish) draft of this script is by the guy who did Traffic and Syriana, which strikes me as reason for optimism.

bigdaddy March 14 2013 05:23 AM

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Quote:

Tosk wrote: (Post 7799329)
The twist will be that it's a so-so movie at best, but still better than anything else that Night has directed for ten years. :)

I agree.

EnsignRicky March 14 2013 05:31 AM

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The twist will be that you thought you were watching Oblivion.

bigdaddy March 14 2013 07:00 AM

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Quote:

EnsignRicky wrote: (Post 7799602)
The twist will be that you thought you were watching Oblivion.

Nah, Oblivion looks interesting.

After Earth looks like Planet Earth, but boring.

T J March 14 2013 09:19 AM

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The twist is you won't be able to get your money back.

The Borg Queen March 14 2013 01:20 PM

Re: POLL: The 'After Earth' plot twist
 
Nova Prime is actually the real Earth, and the planet they think of as "Earth" is actually a completely alien world.

EnsignRicky March 14 2013 02:00 PM

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And then they realize that they were Cylons all along.

Shurik March 14 2013 02:43 PM

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The twist is that the planet is Earth after the events of The Happening. Will Smith and his kid will run from the wind for 1.5 hours.

Christopher March 14 2013 03:52 PM

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I really, really hope that Shyamalan's reputation doesn't unfairly doom this film. The reactions in this thread don't give me a lot of confidence, though.

Mr. Laser Beam March 14 2013 10:08 PM

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The Borg Queen wrote: (Post 7800247)
Nova Prime is actually the real Earth, and the planet they think of as "Earth" is actually a completely alien world.

I thought about that, but decided it would be too pathetic.

And if this tale of an 'extended universe' really is true - and if it's CANON ;) - then it ties the whole thing to our own history, since IIRC it features the present day ancestors of the Raige family.

Still, it could be a time loop! Meaning: Kitai and Cypher are swept back in time and crash on prehistoric Earth. I have a theory like that about BSG - both versions.

Also, I think it would be totally hilarious if the Earths of After Earth and Oblivion turn out to be the same. :lol:

JoeZhang March 14 2013 10:25 PM

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The twist is that it is actually a Scientology training camp - Xenu appears at the end.


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