It’s definitely summer when Will Smith has a new movie opening. There was a time when he was THE summer blockbuster star and the one guy you could guarantee would have a huge blockbuster hit that would set the standard for movies. That record has slipped a bit in recent years, but there is no doubt that Mr. Smith still carries enough clout that he got his most recent effort made with the director he wanted and that also included his son. In fact, Smith created the entire story of this one. Whether or not it turns out to be a hit or another misstep for the director remains to be seen.
Here are the movies opening May 31, 2013:
After Earth – Will Smith, Jaden Smith. This is a pet project for Smith. He wanted to work with director M. Night Shyamalan and this is the movie that the two of them created. Smith also cast his own son, Jaden, in one of the key roles of this sci-fi adventure. It is thousands of years in the future and the people of Earth have all left the planet and now live in outer space. However, a spaceship crash kills everyone on board except for Will and Jaden Smith’s characters. The problem is that Earth has now become primitive again, devoid of humans, the animals have evolved and taken over. Will’s character, Cypher, is injured, so it’s up to his son Kitai, who must start an adventure of incredible danger to find a beacon that could bring rescue. Will this be a return to form for director Shyamalan who has had a series of missteps in recent years? Or will this be another bomb for the once-beloved director? Rated PG-13.
Now You See Me – Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Morgan Freeman. A group of small-time magicians get a mysterious note to come to New York. When they do, they become a super-act known as The Four Horsemen and they produce spectacular illusions that baffle crowds. Their big finale, however, involves transporting a seemingly random audience member into a bank vault that rains money over the audience. Is it really an illusion, or have the Four Horsemen become the ultimate bank-robbing team? A game of cat and mouse starts between the group of illusionists and the cop that has become determined to figure out what’s going on and whether or not these magic men and women are really criminals. Rated PG-13.