Hollywood in Costa Rica...
After Earth at the Arenal Volcano


Imagine our planet, 1000 years after Earth.

Not a single person in sight. Extreme fluctuations in temperature. Violent storms. And nature - having drastically evolved (to kill humans!), after so much time passing...

Has completely reclaimed its turf.

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Based on a story by Will Smith...

One brainstormed into a full-on science fiction adventure, with the help of Gary Whitta - screenwriter from The Book of Eli, M. Night Shyamalan - director of films like The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable, and many other contributors...

Parts of the movie were filmed in Costa Rica...

A Scene from After Earth, Juxtasposed with the Arenal Volcano
Parts of the Movie, were Filmed Right Next to the Arenal Volcano

Right next to the Arenal Volcano, in La Fortuna de San Carlos.

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A story of survival - the relationship of a father and his son, at the movie's very core...

After Earth - Despuer de la Tierra
Después de la Tierra - "After Earth" in Spanish

And by the way - potential spoilers ahead!...

The adventure unfolds, 1000 years into the future...

After a 100-year voyage through space, and an additional 900-year colonization of a brand new home-world, Nova Prime...

Humanity's final stop, after dangerous solar radiation on Earth...

Led to a global exodus.

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More on the filming location...

It's easy to understand, why the Arenal Volcano - especially having been there in person, on a number of different occasions - was used as a back-drop in the movie.

The area surrounding the volcano - so incredibly lush and dense with vegetation, a result of its mineral-rich soils, the aftermath of past eruptions...

The Arenal Volcano, and Nayara Resort
Looking on from the Nayara Resort - a Land Rich with Dense Vegetation

And with such a diversity in wildlife, where animals like wild cats, monkeys, and large birds of prey inhabit (you can see similar "evolved" animals, in the trailer for the movie)...

La Fortuna really is THE perfect place - helping to portray our nature-evolved, uninhabited world, some 1000 years into the future.

Jaden Smith as Kitai Raige
Jaden Smith as "Kitai Raige"

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Back to the story...

Cypher Raige - a famous general played by Will Smith - after a long time away on duty...

Returns to Nova Prime, eager to spend time with his family.

On a voyage through space, with his 13-year-old son Kitai - a character played by his real-life son, Jaden Smith...

Things take an unexpected turn, when their spaceship - after being struck by an asteroid...

Crashes, on a nearby deserted Earth.

Kitai Raige, Running Through the Forest After Earth
Braving a Hostile Earth

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A tale of survival ensuing...

Kitai - with the guidance of his injured father, who is able to communicate remotely with him...

Must brave the hostile lands of a changed earth - in hopes to recover a rescue beacon - some 100 kilometers away.

Intense!

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Well, for sure...

It's going to be quite exciting - seeing the events unfold on the big screen.

And especially so, as along with the fact that parts of it were filmed - right here in Costa Rica, in such an incredible and fitting location...

Jayden Smith, in Front of the Arenal Volcano
An Incredible and Fitting Location, to Film After Earth

My parents and I, were actually right there in La Fortuna - while it was being shot... making for some really cool and memorable experiences.

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And yes - while After Earth is set to hit theaters on May 31st, here's a trailer for the movie in the mean time:

TICR Videos - After Earth

For more information too, be sure to check out the main website, as well as the After Earth, Internet Movie Database page.

Pura Vida!