February 19, 2017

The Cutlass In After Earth Is Probably The Most Dull-Witted Weapon In The History Of Sci-Fi

M. Night Shyamalan's After Earth has a rating of 11% on Rotten Tomatoes. That's all you need to know. It's bad. Really bad. Alynda Wheat of People Magazine summed it up well:"The dialogue is as wooden as the acting, and the plot is just silly. Truly, the only thing the film has going for it are some occasionally cool special effects."

After Earth has tons of silly stuff. I'll forgive them all except for the stupid cutlass. Do they really want me to believe that 1,000 years after the 21st century, man's best defense against gigantic aliens is a freaking cutlass? Yeah, yeah, the weapon has blades on both ends of the handle. That's cool but the fact remains that you have got to be extra stupid to use it as your main weapon against a 20-foot alien monster.

After Earth is devoid of guns. Guns would have been much more effective against the alien monsters. If you watch the movie, the alien monsters actually shoot some kind of bullets from their mouths. That means they can also attack at a distance. And what weapons do the humans have? Cutlasses. Freaking cutlasses. Weapons that you can only use at close quarters.
According to the makers of After Earth: "The cutlass is a Ranger's greatest weapon; an extension of the strength that comes from within. The lightweight, handheld weapon is both versatile and elegant, using hundreds of metal fibers to form numerous weapon configurations from both ends of the handle. Used in attack, self-defense and survival conditions, the Cutlass blends seamlessly into a Ranger's biosuit and can be activated with quick finger inputs on the handle. The C-40 combat model has a total of 22 configurations, including short blade, spear, long, blade, dagger and more."

In short, it's just a giant Swiss Army Knife. A pistol from World War II Germany would have been more effective against the alien monsters.

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