The Reason: Why The Movie “After Earth” Is Important


I was created in 1976 and outside of “Blaxploitation” films, there was no African American action or maybe science fiction stars. It’s well worth noting right here that the stars of the films had been all Caucasian men, and not one of them browsed like me. Hell, in the majority of the films with a futuristic design there wasn’t actually a Black individual cast as an additional! Like, as Richard Pryor as eloquently set it, people that are white weren’t expecting us to be down the road.

It’s no secret a large number of action, fantasy as well as science fiction films have ancient supernatural and mythological elements integrated into the fabric of the stories of theirs; to see titans, gods, fairies and goddesses as characters in contemporary day cinema is actually a pretty commonplace occurrence – with a single caveat, these characters practically never appear in films written or even guided by Blacks, or perhaps with an all Black cast.

Not many Black writers explore the world of science fiction, fantasy, or maybe create films with a mythological or magical theme.

In order to add levels of subtle complexity and depth to the stories of theirs, adept writers & directors are actually in a position to make use of the symbolic and archetypical components of the heroes as well as heroines of early mythological stories as well as fairy and folk tales. Often these elements are actually used and so masterfully as to be not really realized by the vast majority of the film going public, but to the skilled eye, these factors are actually evident.

It requires research of classical literature, symbology and world mythology to be able to make use of the above mentioned story components with any kind of degree of success. Research that many people burgeoning African American film creators seem all too inclined to ignore in their film making process, as these components are usually sorely lacking in the plots as well as storylines of the vast majority of Black cinema.

!!!SPOILER ALERT!!! – We’re likely to be talking about the story as well as plotline from this film and by doing so areas of the real story will be revealed. In the event you do not wish to spoil the film before you have watched it, Stop NOW, and next come back after you have seen it to take part in this particular analysis.

Let us start by taking a glimpse at the design of initiation which runs throughout “After Earth”.

Initiation was necessary in indigenous tribes since it was a method by what the new boys as well as females of a certain culture or maybe tribe had been guided through in order to inform, get ready as well as walk them through the stage of youth into adulthood and most of the attendant rites as well as duties which adulthood entailed.


Initiation usually starts with training and education, and also in the film we start with the main character education with the military academy class of his.

Training calls for mental and physical exercise and assessments created to offer initiates/cadets control over the bodies of theirs, the emotions of theirs and the minds of theirs.

Below is actually an outline of initiatory measures as encountered by the ancients as well as portrayed in “After Earth”

Initiate should face and conquer a number of trials to be able to achieve the goal of theirs (manhood)

Endurance (Breathing associated with inhalers)

Initiate should protect and ration reduced quantity of resources, ie; meals, clean water, medical

Handling conflict with possible threat.

It’s well worth noting right here that Kitai failed the first encounter of his with risk (the monkeys) spectacularly! Kitai couldn’t manage his anxiety and fear and therefore made a scenario in which his life was at risk and driving him to flee from the conflict he developed out of fear. In initiation, this’s to be expected. The initiate should fail in order to realize what could end up from recklessness as well as unchecked fear.


Facing medical crisis – poisoning by river leach and person administration of anti venom.

Helping Mother Nature to protect the children of her – battling for the life of the infant hawks against the hits of the feline predators.

Initiate should face and overcome the fear of his with these symbolized by the “Ursa” monster.

It’s right here that the monster uncovers itself to the initiate and should be fought to the demise.

Initiate is actually hurled into the abyss and should feel death. This particular death isn’t a physical one generally, but belongs to the demise of the childish dynamics of the birth and the boy of the male. Fear, doubt as well as disbelief dies right here, as well as the male, the warrior has the ability to be created. Initiate is placed in grave danger to force a change of heart and mind.

By finishing the task of his, the initiate has the capacity to go back home and redeem (save) the Father of his that was symbolically old and in the underworld or even in a full soul sleep from which just the sons sacrifice may just save him. **


Based on the Concise Encyclopedia an “archetype” is actually “Primordial picture, character, or maybe pattern of circumstances which recurs throughout literature and believed accurately enough to be seen as universal.” Literary critics followed the phrase from Carl Gustav Jung’s concept of the collective subconscious. Examples of archetypal symbols normally include vulture, eagle, whale, and the snake. An archetypal design is actually the passage from innocence to experience; archetypal characters normally include the blood brother, rebel, good grandparent, as well as prostitute with a center of gold.”

Several of the archetypes which “After Earth” makes use of normally include, the “Father,” good and valiant, but fundamentally separated from the son of his, thanks to some perceived weakness or maybe character flaw within the Son.

It’s the Son ‘s job eventually to redeem or even save the Father of his, making him a good replacement for the Father of his, and that earns him the right to be a Father in the own right of his.

The measures that the Son and Father archetype takes in the film “After Earth” are actually listed below.

Son in hunt of Father

Father demands complete obedience and adherence to his commands and rules as he doesn’t completely believe in the physical and mental capabilities of the Son.

This’s probably the Most crucial part of the film when Kitai opts to outright disobey the immediate order of the Father of his. The lesson is actually this: when authority is actually completely wrong or even becomes oppressive, it should be disobeyed by the hero as a way for justice to be completed.

Son Disobeys Father and is actually Cutoff, Cast Out or perhaps Cast Down. This event triggered his communication link to the Father of his to be broken off, making the Son alone and with no assistance at a serious phase of the mission/initiation.

This creature may actually smell the fear of yours. It’s only once the Son has learned himself that he is able to conquer the dread inside him, that the Ursa beast in the film symbolizes.

The Heru Mythos

Ausar is actually resurrected as the religious leader of the underworld or perhaps afterlife. Link (spiritual communication) to see over as well as give instruction to Kitai]

This theme will play itself out once more as the General will make the demand “stand me up”, to ensure that he might salute his son this particular video sequence belongs to the son “redeeming” or perhaps “saving” the Father of his.

In the film Star Wars Yoda had the component of the instructor (Bes) to Luke Skywalker (Heru).

I am looking forward to much more of this particular movie type from not simply will Smith and crew, but from various other Black film makers too.


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