'After Earth' (2013)
Why it’s so bad, it’s good: The film, a very expensive vanity project for Will Smith, who came up with the apocalyptic story line, and his son Jaden, finds the two returning to earth 1,000 years after jettisoning to new planet, Nova Prime. Of course, they’re the only humans in this M. Night Shyamalan-directed freak show, but that doesn’t mean they’re alone as they face peril after peril in what largely amounts to a father-son, extreme Outward Bound experience set far into the future. It’s so bad it’s good because of the sheer amount of obstacles the pair faces: Getting attacked by baboons AND leeches in the same movie! What are the odds?
- Melinda Newman