Smith and his son Jayden star in After Earth, a sci-fi action film about a father and son crash landing on an abandoned, post-human Earth. A major theme is Will Smith’s character’s ability to completely mask his fear from the creatures they were fighting before they crashed on Earth.
That’s what I wanted the metaphor of this movie to be. A father having to watch as his son makes mistakes in the world, and in an extreme place of life or death. It is the excruciating parental pain of having to let your kids go, and you just have to hope that the lessons you’ve instilled will kick in at the right time.