On its release, After Earth starring Will Smith and son Jaden was widely considered to be quite the stinker.
I missed it at the cinema so was pleased when a review copy of the DVD, which is out this week, arrived in the post.
I love sci fi films, especially dystopian visions of a future Earth gone wrong. I think it's because these fictions draw on what is going wrong in our world today.
They can be a useful way to consider what's happening now and what we need to do differently.
Also they usually have some cool robots and futuristic tech.
And there's some of this, though not enough, in After Earth.
A space ship crashes on future Earth, and it's up to teenager Kitai (Jaden Smith) to save the day, aided by father Cypher (Will Smith).
The two have a troubled family background - will this hinder Kitai's mission, or will the two emerge with a new closeness and mutual respect? Also, when do the cool robots turn up?
I think we all know the answer to that one. Plotwise, you can tell where this one is lumbering from the first few minutes. Director M Night Shyamalan is known for the classic plot twist of The Sixth Sense but he doesn't seem to have retained the message that audiences like shit like that. We like it when the plot goes all oops up side your head. We don't like it when there's no real sense of danger because it all turns out exactly how you thought it would.
The film does carry an interesting message about fear being a choice, but it is substantially less profound than it imagines itself to be.
All in all this was a moderately enjoyable, though predictable, Friday night DVD. Will Smith keeps a granite face throughout, unenlivened by raps about moving to future Bel Air. In fact it's so serious, it's ripe for parody:
Actually, that almost makes me want to watch it again.
After Earth is out now on DVD and Blu Ray, priced from £10.
DVD contains 3 extra short features and the Blu ray has 7 extra features.