Summer is traditionally the time when movie studios put out their major blockbusters and this year is no exception. Usually there’s a common theme to many movies and this year it seems to be films about flawed main characters. With Kick-Ass 2 and Riddick still to come, both featuring leading men who have a fair number of issues to work through, here’s a roundup of some of the best films this year about characters who really need to sort their lives out.

5. After Earth

Father and son vehicle After Earth stars Will and Jaden Smith as a father and son with a strained relationship. Will Smith had the idea for the plot, which takes place in a future world where the Earth has been abandoned.

Set a thousand years after the Earth was left behind, Will Smith plays General Cypher Raige, a war hero and leader of the Rangers who learnt how to conquer his fear in order to fight the Ursas, large alien creatures who have no sight but hunt by tracking fear. Having suppressed the emotion, Cypher is invisible to them and teaches the technique so that the Rangers are able to defeat the Ursas. Jaden Smith plays his son, Kitai, who blames himself for the death of his sister and wants to become a Ranger so that he can get revenge on the Ursas who killed her. However, he is rejected because he cannot follow orders and takes foolish risks.
The film didn’t prove popular and attracted controversy, most notably for the casting of Jaden Smith in what was claimed to be a case of nepotism rather than hiring the best actor for the job. However, it was pointed out that this was by no means the first time family members had been used in a Hollywood film and it was even claimed that calling After Earth nepotistic was racist. Further, it was claimed that the film was proof of Smith’s alleged involvement with Scientology, and a spoof website called cheerupwillsmith was set up, asking scientologists to go and visit the film to support him, although it has since been taken down.

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  • Jimmbo

    Why is the worlds end on there twice?