After Earth Viral Video Arrives

The background to Shyamalan's latest

Though it features Will and Jaden Smith in the lead roles and M Night Shyamalan behind the camera, After Earth had one of the lower-profile presentations at Comic-Con this year, with just screenwriter Gary Whitta on hand to talk the movie and its tie-in graphic novels. But in conjunction with the event, a viral teaser was put online, which you can scope out below.

After Earth seems certain to divide audiences, particularly given that its Shyamalan’s latest. He’s still got to earn back some credibility after the one-two punch of The Happening and The Last Airbender. At least this one looks a little more promising, even if it is tough to tell when it shows nothing of the actual film.

The movie boasts a hefty, detailed backstory describing humanity’s slow destruction of Earth’s resources and the fraught attempts to colonise other worlds. Some of that is covered in the brief clip above, which follows the basic timeline for disaster.

The film then picks up one thousand years after humanity has abandoned the planet, when Nova Prime has become mankind's new home. Legendary General Cypher Raige (Will Smith) returns from an extended tour of duty to his estranged family, ready to be a father to his 13-year-old son, Kitai (Jaden Smith). When an asteroid storm damages Cypher and Kitai's craft, they crash-land on a now unfamiliar and dangerous Earth. As his father lies dying in the cockpit, Kitai must trek across the hostile terrain to recover their rescue beacon. His whole life, Kitai has wanted nothing more than to be a soldier like his father. Today, he gets his chance…

Take a look at the trailer and tells us whether it gives you hope that Shyamalan could return to Sixth Sense / Unbreakable form with this one.