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« on: June 05, 2013, 07:57:34 AM »

I haven't seen it. Everyone says it sucks. Can anyone here give me their opinion?
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« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2013, 09:01:09 AM »

I haven't seen it. Everyone says it sucks. Can anyone here give me their opinion?

I have also read some reviews that rip it apart. Not only for it's entertainment value (or lack thereof), but because it is apparently awash with Scientology references. I smell another Battlefield Earth.
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« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2013, 10:01:44 AM »

it is apparently awash with Scientology references. I smell another Battlefield Earth.
If Ron Hubbard's words help these people live better lives, then more power to them. Why they feel compelled to push it on the rest of us is disturbing. Live your own life, and we'll live ours.
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« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2013, 08:36:17 AM »

it is apparently awash with Scientology references. I smell another Battlefield Earth.
If Ron Hubbard's words help these people live better lives, then more power to them. Why they feel compelled to push it on the rest of us is disturbing. Live your own life, and we'll live ours.

Scientology isn't really a faith, it's a profit center. The more followers the more the "church" gets.
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« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2013, 08:58:23 AM »

I may get in trouble for saying this, but I think that any belief system based on a falsehood is ultimately going to break down.
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« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2013, 11:25:45 AM »

Scientology isn't really a faith, it's a profit center. The more followers the more the "church" gets.

I'll go one step further and add that it is also merely a "club for elites". It's as though Hollywood desired religion, but was certainly not going to stoop to the level of we regular folk and adopt something like Christianity. Nope... they just made up their own.
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« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2013, 04:23:26 PM »

I've read lots of bad reviews of "After Earth," but this is the first I've heard of any connection to Scientology.  

It seems to me like it was just a vanity project for Will Smith and his kid, almost like the kid's birthday was coming up so Will said, "My son needs another hit movie, I'm going to make him one".... and then it failed miserably.

Maybe he should've hired someone other than M. Night to direct it.
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« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2013, 04:56:11 PM »

Is it just me or does every movie Big Willie is in seem like a vanity project?
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« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2013, 08:05:55 PM »

Is it just me or does every movie Big Willie is in seem like a vanity project?

Perhaps I should've phrased that, "yet another vanity project" :)
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« Reply #9 on: June 06, 2013, 09:02:56 PM »

The term "vanity project" makes me suspect you have read The Onion's av club review.
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« Reply #10 on: June 06, 2013, 09:15:12 PM »

I tried reading Dianetics when I was a kid. I couldn't get past the first chapter. I kept having to stop & look up some fancy $5 word in the glossary, then start over. It just seemed like a bunch of words thrown together for the super smart college been to crowd.
I felt insulted, & have never understood the hype.
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« Reply #11 on: June 06, 2013, 11:05:06 PM »

The term "vanity project" makes me suspect you have read The Onion's av club review.

I didn't, but Stephen Whitty (film critic for the Newark Star Ledger) also used the term in his review of the movie.
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« Reply #12 on: June 06, 2013, 11:36:39 PM »

M. Night Shama-lama-ding-dong

That's all you need to know.  Carry on.

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« Reply #13 on: June 07, 2013, 03:14:15 AM »

As already mentioned, After Earth has been criticized for it's connection to Scientology, and for Will Smith boosting his son's career. It's fabricated crap like this that suck the fun out of mindless big budged summer movies. Shama-lama-ding-dong was hired as a shemp, obviously.
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« Reply #14 on: June 08, 2013, 04:20:22 PM »

I thought and think the movie looks pretty interesting. I have not a single clue how After Earth is linked to Scientology. I didn't know of any links back when I saw Battlefield Earth and I enjoyed that movie as a big, dumb scifi film. I'll be my own judge here as, in most of my own experiences, critics know bullspit when it comes to science fiction.
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