Film: After Earth
What happens? It’s an alien beast that hunts humans by literally sensing their fear. But how? When Kitai (Jaden Smith) overcomes his fear, he instantly becomes invisible to the beast, despite the fact that he’s been terrified for several days and presumably stinks of terror. While we’re at it, how come everything on Earth has evolved so fast when it’s only been a thousand years? And why are they so vicious to humans when there haven’t been any for a millennium (possibly a Willenium)?
WTF? The ursa really only work as a metaphor and not even remotely as an actual way of hunting people. If the alien civilisation that created them could add the ability to psychically sense fear or whatever, couldn’t they make that an extra sense and not a substitution? How can they know humanity well enough to spot how we get scared and not also spot eyes and ears and useful things like that to work with instead? It doesn’t make any sense on a story level, but as a physical representation of our own weaknesses, it’s a good bit stronger.
The lesson: Emphasise the “sub” in “sub-text” and make sure it all works on the upper level too.
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