This year’s intense, sci-fi blockbuster, After Earth, is a family affair, starring Will and Jaden Smith, but also a panoramic beauty thanks to Mother Nature and Costa Rica.
Will Smith and son, Jaden, fittingly star as father and son in this year’s sci-fi blockbuster, After Earth, a Post-Apocalyptic movie directed by the acclaimed M. Night Shyalaman. The film opens May 31st amidst controversy.
Mr. Smith is a veteran of futuristic flicks with I am Legend, Independence Day and the Men in Black series to his credit. This time, instead of the alien adventures of Agents “J” and “K”, After Earth pits two crash-landed travelers against a hostile environment, courtesy of Arenal, Costa Rica’s still-rumbling volcano.
The movie’s underlying environmental message rings true with Costa Rica’s own green approach to eco-tourism. As Jaden said, “If we don’t take care of our planet, bad things are going to happen. What happens in the movie could happen for real…” The very successful movie from 2006, Pursuit of Happyness, was the last time senior and junior Smith starred together.
Costa Rica has been the setting for numerous movies in the past, but when these Hollywood A-Listers were in town, the excitement was running high! During shooting, three of Arenal’s luxury hotels, each with their own panoramic view of the volcano, were booked solid for the stars and film crew. There was so much activity that the production company wanted to rent the locals’ 4x4s.
Being just a couple of hours drive from the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO), Arenal is a popular tourist destination with its relaxing hot springs and wealth of outdoor activities, such as white water rafting and horseback riding. Don’t just enjoy the view on the big screen; come visit the backdrop for After Earth firsthand!