I DON’T see why “After Earth” is raising such a fuss about its not-so subtle references to Scientology. So what if it does? So what if Will Smith is following in Tom Cruise’s footsteps on the path to spiritual enlightenment? That’s not the point. Religious inclination has got nothing to do with the fact that “After Earth” is a major sci-fi dud.
Post-apocalyptic scenarios are a worn-out sci-fi theme. Any story woven around it must offer something fresh and exciting, otherwise it is doomed to burn in box-office hell. Which unfortunately seems to be the fate of “After Earth.” Read more