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After Earth Movie Quotes

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"After Earth" movie quotes tell the tale of what happens when humans return to earth 1,000 years after humans were forced to abandon it. The science fiction action adventure movie was written by Gary Whitta and M. Night Shyamalan, who also directed the film, based on a story by Will Smith, who also stars with son Jaden. Also known as "1000 A.E., "After Earth" opened in theaters and IMAX on May 31, 2013.

In "After Earth," Cypher (Will Smith) and Katai Raige (Jaden Smith) are tasked with a mission to visit earth 1,000 years after the fierce advancement of technological discoveries caused Mother Earth to fight back and force all of the human inhabitants to flee to another planet, Nova Prime. The two, as members of the Ranger Corps, a peace keeping organization on Nova Prime, set off on the voyage when they encounter an asteroid field that crashes their ship and injures Cypher.

This creates a dangerous situation for the father-son team as while humans have long been gone from earth, creatures remained and evolved into deadly predators. In order to save themselves, they must retrieve a beacon which landed 100 kilometers from their location. With Cypher hurt, Katai, a young and reckless Ranger Corps recruit with a tendency for reckless behavior, becomes their hope for survival. Together, Cypher and Katai must overcome not only the dangers of the earth creatures but their own strained and cold relationship to save themselves.

Releasing one weekend after Memorial Day 2013, "After Earth" will hope to find success in the busy summer movie season by joining other great films in theaters such as "Fast and Furious 6," "The Hangover Part III," "The Great Gatsby," "The Big Wedding," "Oblivion," "Scary Movie 5," "Evil Dead," "Jurassic Park 3D," "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," "Olympus Has Fallen," "Admission," "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone," "Emperor," "Dead Man Down," and "Oz: The Great and Powerful."

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    Fear Is a Choice

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    Cypher Raige: "Son, this is not training. This is a class one quarantined planet. The threats we will be facing are real. Everything on this planet has evolved to kill humans. Every single decision we make will be life or death. But if we are going to survive this, you must realize that fear is not real. It is a product of thoughts you create. Now do not misunderstand me. Danger is very real, but fear is a choice. Do you know where we are?"
    Kitai Raige: "No, sir"
    Cypher Raige: "This is earth."

    Injured in the crash, Cypher tries to give his son, Kitai, an overview of where they are and what they are facing. Cypher knows Kitai is their only hope for survival and tries to reassure him that fear is nothing to be concerned about.
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    Mother Earth Fought Back

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    Cypher Raige: "Our time on earth, for millennia, it was a consistent slow technological evolution but an extraordinary event changed our course. We used the alien technology to make astronomical leaps. But our unnatural acceleration was too much, causing us to destroy natural resources, ravaging our planet for own consumption. Mother earth fought back. In 2071, forced to leave home, we found refuge on a new planet. We never thought we'd be back."

    Giving a background on the current state of the world, Cypher explains how earth came to be abandoned from all humans and the steps mankind had to take after technology expanded beyond their control. There's a reason they left earth over 1,000 years ago and it's not good that they've returned.
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    We Need That Beacon

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    Cypher Raige: "This is us here. That is the tail, somewhere in this area. It's approximately 100 kilometers from here. We need that beacon. You understand? You are going to retrieve that beacon or we are going to die. Do you understand? Repeat what I just said to you."
    Kitai Raige: "I have to go retrieve the beacon or we going to die."

    Cypher stresses to Katai the importance of retrieving the beacon, which landed 100 kilometers away with the rest of their ship following their crash landing on earth. Katai, visibly frightened, understands the mission, which is a matter of life or death.
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    We Must Fight Together

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    Cypher Raige: "Son, we are the first humans to set foot on this planet in over 1,000 years… If we are going to survive this, we must fight together."

    Cypher and Katai don't exactly have the best relationship going into the mission which makes working together for their own survival a challenge in itself. They have no choice however to disregard their strained past to fight for the greater good.
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