|After Earth (2013) Will Smith, M. Night Shyamalan|
What does M. Night Shyamalan have in common with the worst director since Ed Wood? One word: Profit.
After Earth is a box office
bomb, but surprisingly he’ll still make money.
After Earth shares the
distinction of being M. Night Shyamalan’s
fourth straight dud and Will Smith’s first flop since Wild, Wild West. I’ll have to
update my M. Night Shyamalan Chart of Descent.
Interestingly enough, Business Week
did a chart that shows that while his movies are getting torn to shreds
by critics, they still make money. The
Happening, made on a $48 million budget, earned $163.4 million
worldwide. The Last Airbender,
earned $319.7 million worldwide on a budget of $150 million.
This means that Shyamalan is the big budget equivalent of Uwe Boll.
Boll makes horrid movies but, thanks to tax loopholes, always makes a
Uwe Boll is a German director, producer and screenwriter, who’s been called the “Ed Wood of the 21st Century.” He makes one critically panned movie after another, like Postal (2007), In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2006) and House of the Dead (2003). Shyamalan is a director, producer and screenwriter who’s made one critically panned movie after another, like The Village (2004), The Happening (2008), and now, After Earth (2013).
Will Smith, who came up with the story and was the executive producer
of the film, said the project gave him valuable time to spend with his
son. “Filmmaking and entertainment is our family business,” Smith said
at a news
“So, it really gave us an opportunity for the last year to spend ten or
twelve hours a day together, every day. And for me it’s just the best
way, for me at least, to parent.”
So, it’s good to know something good came out of this film besides a paycheck.
How do you feel about M. Night Shyamalan’s movies? Do you think it’s fair to compare him to Ed Wood? Have you seen After Earth?