Posted in: Movies

Scientologists Slam ‘After Earth’ Over Alleged Connections

After Earth about Scientology

After Earth wasn’t exactly a hit with audiences or critics (read: It bombed), but the Church of Scientology went out of its way to let you know that the film has nothing to do with the controversial religion.

SomeMany critics have included a note in their otherwise negative reviews for After Earth pointing out how the film’s plot mirrors many Church of Scientology teachings. For Vulture, Matt Patches writes:

“Will Smith has delivered an incredibly mainstream platform for the Church’s ideology. After Earth’s subtext makes every beat feel like a nod to the lessons of [Scientology founder] L. Ron Hubbard.”

But the Church of Scientology doesn’t see it that way. In a statement released to NextMovie, a Scientology rep said that the perceived connections between After Earth and the controversial religion, founded by L. Ron Hubbard, are the result of “a handful of self-promoters” proclaiming “silly nonsense.”

After Earth has as much to do with Scientology as ‘Lord of the Rings,’ ‘Harry Potter,’ ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Moby Dick,’ ‘King Arthur,’ ‘Homer’s The Odyssey’ or countless other stories about protagonists overcoming fears and opponents,” the statement reads.

The Church of Scientology pushes anyone curious about their teachings to visit the religion’s official website.

The connection is indeed a strange one since Smith, who received a story credit for the film, has said on multiple occasions that he doesn’t practice Scientology.

He has been linked to the religion in the past (primarily through his relationship with actor Tom Cruise) but he dismissed his specific interest in Scientology in a May interview.

He said that he is a “student of world religions” who “respects all religions.” In other interviews, Smith has identified himself as a Christian.

That awkward moment when you’re torn between your negative feelings about 2013’s worst film and your negative feelings about Scientology.

Did you see After Earth? Is the film a “love letter” to Scientology?

Articles And Offers From The Web

Comments

7 Responses to “Scientologists Slam ‘After Earth’ Over Alleged Connections”

  1. David Reynolds

    "a handful of self-promoters" must have one heck of an influence because just about every review mentions a perceived connection with the church of scientology.

  2. John Davis

    As a scientologist, I would be really happy if this or any other movie promoted Scientology principles. I can't see how this movie particularly expresses any Scientology principle. Not any more than you could twist just about any movie into expressing some Scientology principle or other.

  3. Steven Bensics

    John Davis, what are you doing about the multiple patient-deaths and police raid at Scientology's Narconon drug-rehab franchise?

  4. Airgetlam

    This is bulls**t. I am a Scientologist and it was friggin' news to me that After Earth had jack all to do with this movie. A lot of people just go RABID when they hear the word. Scientology. Funny that a person should mention the 'perceived connection with Scientology' because not one jackass I have read EVER has named a SPECIFIC, ACTUAL CONNECTION between this movie and Scientology besides a bunch of gossiping, old sensationalists who want something to sell papers and bug their eyes out about. Knotheads. Someone who has something to do with someone who is a SCIENTOLOGIST, perceived connections with SCIENTOLOGY, ooooh. Give me specifics or shut up.

  5. Jerlana Knight

    It's bulls**t. I am a Scientologist and it was friggin' news to me that After Earth had jack all to do with Scientology. A lot of people just go RABID when they hear the word. Scientology. Funny that a person should mention the 'perceived connection with Scientology' because not one jackass I have read EVER has named a SPECIFIC, ACTUAL CONNECTION between this movie and Scientology. This line of 'news' was started by a bunch of gossipy, old dinosaurs who want something to sell papers and bug their eyes out about. Knotheads. Someone who has something to do with someone who is a SCIENTOLOGIST, perceived connections with SCIENTOLOGY, ooooh. I say to them, give me specifics or shut it. I don't have problems with there being ACTUAL connections, I just have a real problem with "He said she said" and people just saying stuff is 'suspected, being hidden, yadda' to be scandalous, sell papers and be fashionably titillating.